Ford Patents

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  • Publication number: 20180009344
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat base having a side bolster cover. A bolster is disposed under the side bolster cover. The bolster has a static bolster carrier and an operable portion that is operable relative to the bolster carrier to define a plurality of bolster positions. A flexible interior facing extends from the bolster carrier to an intermediate portion of the bolster cover, wherein a lower edge of the bolster cover is positioned below the bolster carrier such that the bolster cover conceals the bolster in each of the plurality of bolster positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Todd Gagnier, S.M. Akbar Berry, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Johnathan Andrew Line, Brian Boland
  • Publication number: 20180009384
    Abstract: A vehicle running board includes opposing vertical walls extending along a length of a tubular structure and including a carbon-fiber component. Opposing horizontal walls extend between the opposing vertical walls and include a glass component. The opposing vertical and opposing horizontal walls form the tubular structure having a generally rectilinear cross section. A polymer outer covering extends over the opposing vertical and opposing horizontal walls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Kenneth Dellock, Stuart C. Salter, Michael Musleh, Talat Karmo, David Brian Glickman, Harry Lobo, Joseph Myszka
  • Patent number: 9863348
    Abstract: A system for filtering and oxidizing particulate matter produced by a gasoline direct injection engine is disclosed. In one embodiment, engine cylinder air-fuel is adjusted to allow soot to oxidize at an upstream particulate filter while exhaust gases are efficiently processed in a downstream catalyst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Carolyn Parks Hubbard, Robert Walter McCabe, Eva Thanasiu, David Karl Bidner, James Michael Kerns, Nian Xiao, Helmut Hans Ruhland, Moritz Klaus Springer, Thomas Lorenz, Georg Louven, Jeffrey Scott Hepburn
  • Patent number: 9863360
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for detecting a temperature of an engine fuel rail at a plurality of locations along the engine fuel rail. In one example, a method may include detecting temperatures along the engine fuel rail with a plurality of metal film thermocouples adhered to the engine fuel rail and arranged proximate to engine fuel injectors, and adjusting fuel injector operation and/or fuel rail pressure in response to the detected fuel rail temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael McQuillen, Gopichandra Surnilla, Mohan Karulkar, Brian Joseph Robert, Richard E. Soltis, Larry Dean Elie
  • Patent number: 9862347
    Abstract: A first airbag has a first joining panel. A second airbag has a second joining panel. The first and second airbags are both inflatable from an uninflated position to an inflated position. The first and second joining panels are spaced from each other in the uninflated position. In the inflated position, the first joining panel is fixed to the second joining panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Zhibing Deng, Luis Enrique Castillo jaime, Srinivas Reddy Malapati, Deepak Patel
  • Patent number: 9863307
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for a compressor bypass passage. In one example, a method may include flowing bypassed charge air through an annular passage into an intake passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Vanco Smiljanovski, Helmut Matthias Kindl, Joerg Kemmerling, Andreas Kuske, Franz Arnd Sommerhoff
  • Patent number: 9862421
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a bumper, a floor and a subframe. The subframe is attached to the floor at a plurality of attachment points and below the bumper. The subframe has a base member extending across the subframe, parallel to the bumper and including a bracket. The bracket has first and second tabs connected by a platform extending from the first and second tabs. The bracket is fixedly attached at the second tab and angled relative to the base member such that the second tab is defined closer to the bumper. Upon loading, the first tab moves in a direction substantially parallel to the base member and the platform is deformed substantially perpendicular to the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Saied Nusier, Mohamed Ridha Baccouche, Saeed David Barbat, Jamel E. Belwafa
  • Patent number: 9862296
    Abstract: A cup holder system is provided for a motor vehicle. The cup holder system includes a storage bin having a housing and a cover. Further the cup holder system includes a cup holder, a first mounting feature in the storage bin for receiving and holding the cup holder in a first use position and a second mounting feature at a second location in the motor vehicle outside the storage bin for receiving and holding the cup holder in a second use position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kathleen M. Parlow, John Louis Miklas, Nicholas Alphonse Billardello, David Frederick Lyons, Jr., Anthony Michael Zingalie
  • Patent number: 9863909
    Abstract: Various methods for operating an oxygen sensor are provided. In one example, a method of operating an oxygen sensor comprises applying power to a heater of the oxygen sensor, and indicating whether water is in contact with the oxygen sensor based on a time rate of change of a temperature of the oxygen sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Mcquillen, Gopichandra Surnilla, Richard E. Soltis, Daniel A. Makled, Stephen B. Smith
  • Patent number: 9862430
    Abstract: A tailgate cover assembly including a first panel and a second panel fixed to a vehicle tailgate and connected to the first panel by a first hinge assembly, the first panel being pivotable with respect to the second panel. The tailgate cover may also include a third panel fixed to the second panel by a second hinge assembly and being pivotable with respect to the second panel, wherein in an extended state, the first panel and third panel provide a flat surface on the tailgate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Dragan B. Stojkovic, Jack Marchlewski, Joshua R. Hemphill, Robert Reiners
  • Patent number: 9862325
    Abstract: A cargo management system is provided for a cargo area of a motor vehicle. The cargo management system includes a first mounting element on a first side wall of the cargo area and a second mounting element on a second side wall of the cargo area. Further, the cargo management system includes a partition. The partition includes a plurality of retractable mounting pins displaceable between a retracted position for removing the partition from the first and second mounting elements and an extended position for engaging the partition with the first and second mounting elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Annette Lynn Huebner, Artur Sakarian, Ryan Welch, Kristin Ann Hellman, Matthew B Rutman
  • Patent number: 9862327
    Abstract: A vehicle dash panel storage compartment includes a storage bin disposed within the dash panel and a top-mounted storage bin closure. The storage bin closure is configured to translate between a deployed position covering the storage bin and a stowed position. A deployable tray is disposed within the storage bin, configured for translation between a stowed position and a plurality of deployed positions substantially parallel to a plane defined by a vehicle x-axis. In the deployed position, the deployable tray divides the storage bin into two vertically stacked sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Annette Lynn Huebner, Ryan Welch, Kristin Ann Hellman, Artur Sakarian, Matthew B. Rutman, Joshua Greiner
  • Patent number: 9862326
    Abstract: The invention relates to an arrangement for carrying objects, in particular medications or medical articles, in a vehicle. The arrangement includes a storage compartment for accommodating the objects to be carried and a regulating unit for regulating at least one parameter characteristic of the climatic conditions present in the storage compartment. The regulating unit is designed to carry out the regulation in dependence on the presence of one or more objects in the storage compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jeroen Lem, Karl Michael Siebertz, Rainer Vogt, Marcel Mathissen
  • Patent number: 9862317
    Abstract: A system for evaluating performance of a vehicle window defrosting/defogging apparatus includes at least one computing device having at least a processor and a memory, and one or more imagers configured for obtaining images of one or more windows of a vehicle. The processor is configured to execute instructions for analyzing the images to determine a defrosted/defogged portion of the one or more windows at predetermined time intervals, including controlling illumination to optimize the system's ability to distinguish cleared window areas. A graphical user interface is configured for displaying and/or manipulating at least one of the one or more images, digital data of the one or more images, and a predetermined template for determining the defrosted/defogged portion of the one or more windows. The system includes instructions for aligning the one or more images with the predetermined template, including processing the images to correct for window taper, curvature, and size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Marcos Ahuizotl Fragoso Iniguez, Kevin M. Rolinski, Rachid E. El Aile, Oscar Monroy
  • Patent number: 9863777
    Abstract: A system includes a processor configured to receive information relating to a vehicle location. The processor is also configured to determine one or more filters, based on the received information, for filtering out a plurality of non-specified locations from varied location types. Further, the processor is configured to apply filters for each varied location type to select a plurality of non-specified locations. The processor is also configured to calculate an estimated time of arrival (ETA), for each of the selected locations, and deliver the selected locations and the calculated ETAs to a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Shane Elwart, Jeffrey Allen Doering, Timothy Mark Feldkamp
  • Patent number: 9865242
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a horn assembly disposed behind a grille. The horn assembly includes a coil configured to generate a magnetic field in response to a current, a first diaphragm connected to a first plunger, a second diaphragm connected to a second plunger, and a spring. The spring is connected to the first and second plungers such that oscillation is transferred from the first diaphragm to the second diaphragm through the spring in response to the magnetic field from the coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Eduardo Trigo Espejel
  • Patent number: 9863336
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for estimating ambient humidity based on a wet bulb temperature and a dry bulb temperature during precipitation, and estimating ambient humidity based on the dry bulb temperature and not based on wet bulb temperature when precipitation is absent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Perry Robinson MacNeille, David Charles Weber
  • Patent number: 9862247
    Abstract: A heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system has a steerable outlet for directing a stream of treated air into a passenger compartment of a vehicle. A thermographic imager is configured to capture thermographic images covering a fixed region within the passenger compartment in which an occupant is potentially located. The HVAC control circuit is configured to a) compress a thermographic image to a temperature map representing pixels of the thermographic image falling within a predetermined temperature range corresponding to the occupant, b) filter the temperature map according to a sliding window to coalesce continuous regions of pixels on average falling within the predetermined temperature range, c) quantify an area for each continuous region, d) locate a centroid of a continuous region having a largest area, and e) aim the steerable outlet toward the centroid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: William Paul Perkins
  • Patent number: 9862422
    Abstract: A rocker panel assembly for a vehicle includes an upper rocker panel, a lower rocker panel, and a fastener. The fastener connects the upper and lower rocker panels. The fastener has a frustoconical tip to locate the fastener on the lower rocker panel, a body with a plurality of fins to stabilize the fastener between the upper and lower rocker panels, and a shoulder including an arrow-head configured to clamp the lower rocker panel to the upper rocker panel between the shoulder and a head of the fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Lee Jarvis, Steven C. Dworack
  • Patent number: 9862431
    Abstract: A truck box assembly includes a truck box and a tailgate. The truck box is mounted to a vehicle body. The tailgate is mounted to a rear portion of the truck box for rotation between at least closed and open positions and includes an inner face and an upper face. The upper face defines a first clamp pocket sized to receive an external clamp to secure an item to the inner face when the tailgate is in the open position. The tailgate may further define a latch receiver pocket sized to receive a latch of the truck box to secure the tailgate in the closed position. The first clamp pocket may be located proximate the latch receiver pocket. The latch receiver pocket may be located adjacent a rear pillar of the truck box when the tailgate is in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua R. Hemphill, Dragan B. Stojkovic, Jack Marchlewski, Robert Reiners
  • Patent number: 9862276
    Abstract: A vehicle power system includes a controller configured to issue commands to open a selected set of switches of an inverter and then to operate the selected set of switches according to a pulse width modulation signal having an increasing duty cycle such that input current to a battery is driven towards zero and a magnitude of d-axis current of the drive system is reduced in response to a fault with an electric drive system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Lihua Chen, Yan Zhou, Shuitao Yang
  • Patent number: 9867319
    Abstract: A vehicle power module assembly includes a modular manifold, an upper frame, and a plurality of power stages. The modular manifold includes a first base unit defining an inlet chamber, a second base unit defining an outlet chamber, a mid-unit defining one or more ports open to the chambers, and an upper unit defining a first set of slots and a second set of slots in fluid communication with the chambers via the ports. The plurality of power stages is housed within the frame and each of the power stages are spaced from one another to define inner channels therebetween. The chambers, channels, and ports are arranged with one another such that coolant flowing through the inner channels is in thermal communication with the power stages. The mid-unit may further include flow guides each sized to partially extend into one of the inner channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Guangyin Lei, Michael W. Degner, Edward Chan-Jiun Jih, Chingchi Chen
  • Patent number: 9862255
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a windshield, a backlite spaced from the windshield, and a moonroof. The moonroof is moveable relative to the windshield and the backlite between a closed position and an open position. When in the closed position, the moonroof is adjacent to both the windshield and the backlite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Adrian Nania
  • Patent number: 9864918
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for predicting driver intent and future movements of a human driven vehicles are disclosed herein. A system for predicting future movements of a vehicle includes a camera system, a boundary component, a body language component, and a prediction component. The camera system is configured to capture an image of a vehicle. The boundary component is configured to identify a sub-portion of the image corresponding to an area where a driver of a vehicle is located. The body language component configured to detect a driver's body language. The prediction component configured to predict future motion of the vehicle based on the driver's body language detected by the body language component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ashley Elizabeth Micks, Harpreetsingh Banvait, Jinesh J Jain, Brielle Reiff
  • Patent number: 9863353
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for estimating an exhaust air/fuel ratio based on outputs from an exhaust oxygen sensor. In one example, a method may include adjusting engine operation based on an air-fuel ratio estimated based on an output of the exhaust oxygen sensor and a learned correction factor. For example, the oxygen sensor may operate in a variable voltage mode in which a reference voltage of the oxygen sensor may be adjusted between a lower first voltage and a higher second voltage, and the learned correction factor is based on the second voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel A. Makled, Gopichandra Surnilla, Richard E. Soltis, Kenneth John Behr
  • Patent number: 9863310
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for determining the length of a traction mechanism that is part of a traction drive of an engine. In one example, a method includes determining a position of a movable tensioning device relative to a traction mechanism drive using measuring technology, determining an actual length LAS? of a traction mechanism computationally using the position of the tensioning device, determining a length change ?L with respect to a predefinable setpoint length LAS computationally using the computationally determined actual length LAS?, and adjusting one or more operating parameters based on the length change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Denis Pendovski, David van Bebber, Hans Guenter Quix
  • Patent number: 9863789
    Abstract: Example rotating camera systems and methods are described. In one implementation, an apparatus includes a motor having a camera mounting mechanism and configured to rotate a camera attached to the mounting mechanism. A communication module receives vehicle data from a vehicle. A rotation control module determines a current rotational orientation of the motor and determines a speed and direction to rotate the motor based on the received vehicle data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jamel Seagraves, Sudipto Aich
  • Patent number: 9863843
    Abstract: A vehicle headlamp aiming system includes a displaceable aiming surface and an imaging system. The imaging system includes an indexing aim box having at least one imager oriented to capture images of a headlamp and/or one or more vehicle features adjacent to the headlamp and at least one fixed imager oriented to capture one images of the displaceable aiming surface to determine a headlamp cutoff height. The displaceable aiming surface is configured to selectively displace to allow passage of the vehicle. The indexing aim box is configured to translate between the headlamp and another headlamp. One or more computing devices are configured to perform methods for headlamp aim correction using the described system. The methods include providing image inputs from the imaging system and calculating therefrom an aim correction of the headlamps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Albert Ekladyous, Diane Marie LaHaie, Ghassan E. Mady, Simon Howard Curwood, Kelley Maria Adams-Campos, Hardyal Singh, Jeffrey Paul Spencer
  • Patent number: 9862262
    Abstract: Methods and systems for delivering powertrain torque of a hybrid vehicle are disclosed. In one example, torque is supplied to vehicle wheels from a piston engine, an electric machine, and a turbine engine via a planetary gear set. The planetary gear set may be configured with at least one sun gear and two ring gears.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas Raymond Martin, Kenneth James Miller
  • Patent number: 9863171
    Abstract: A compartment for a vehicle is provided herein. The compartment includes a housing defining an interior volume. A lid is pivotably coupled to the housing and is configured to move between a closed position in which the interior volume is inaccessible and an open position in which the interior volume is accessible. A latch is configured to maintain the lid in a locked and an unlocked state when the lid is disposed in the closed position. A compartment sensing system is operably coupled with the latch. The latch is placed in the locked state when the sensing system detects the presence of an item within the interior volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Pietro Buttolo, Christopher Anthony Danowski, Paul Kenneth Dellock, James Stewart Rankin, II
  • Patent number: 9862384
    Abstract: A method of controlling a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) simulates a step-ratio transmission upshift. To simulate a step-ratio torque phase, the input torque is gradually reduced before beginning to change the variator ratio. Then, as the variator ratio is changed, the input torque is gradually increased to compensate for the decreasing torque ratio, simulating the relatively constant output torque of an inertia phase of a step-ratio upshift.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Hong Jiang, Zhengyu Dai, Yang Xu, Guopeng Hu, Weitian Chen, Timothy L. Sargent
  • Patent number: 9865111
    Abstract: A fob includes a case, an antenna, at least one input device, and a positioning element. The case has an interface portion and a handle portion. The antenna is disposed at the interface portion of the case. The input device is disposed on the interface portion of the case. The finger positioner orients a user's hand on the handle portion of the case away from the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Joseph Hermann, Tye Arthur Winkel, John Locke, Lawrence Banasky, Jr., Mark Wisnewski
  • Patent number: 9863621
    Abstract: A trunk lighting system of a vehicle with a vehicle ceiling, where the trunk lighting system includes a trunk floor panel positioned in a trunk of the vehicle and movable between a first position and a second position, the trunk floor panel being closer to the vehicle ceiling at the second position than at the first position. The trunk lighting system has a lighting device, and a switch connected to the lighting device and to trigger a second lighting output from the lighting device when the trunk floor is at the second position, the second lighting output being greater than a first lighting output from the lighting device when the trunk floor panel is at the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alec Dai, Kadin Zhang, Fernando Zhao, Jonas Liu
  • Patent number: 9863671
    Abstract: A method including controlling a climate control system of an electrified vehicle to cool a coolant of a coolant subsystem with a refrigerant of a heat pump subsystem in response to a temperature of the coolant exceeding a predefined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Franco Ragazzi, James George Gebbie
  • Publication number: 20180001802
    Abstract: A seating assembly for a vehicle includes a base. A seatback having a lower portion is rotatably coupled to the base and an upper portion is pivotably coupled to the lower portion by at least one pivot joint. The at least one pivot joint is disposed on a front portion of the seatback. A guide bracket is disposed on a rear portion of the seatback and is configured to guide the upper portion of the seatback between a resting position and a deployed position. A resilient member provides a resistance to pivoting of the upper portion of the seatback and the resilient member is operably coupled to the upper portion of the seatback and the lower portion of the seatback. The upper portion of the seatback pivots from the resting position to the deployed position during a frontal collision of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Saeed David Barbat, Dean M. Jaradi, Mohammed Omar Faruque, S.M. Iskander Farooq
  • Publication number: 20180003590
    Abstract: A chock assembly for a vehicle test rig includes a guide member, a chock, and a securing member. The chock is coupled to the guide member, and the securing member is configured to secure the guide member to the vehicle test rig. The guide member is movably coupled to the securing member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Motor Company Limited
    Inventors: Mickey Kevin Etches, Doug Blair
  • Publication number: 20180003210
    Abstract: A blind rivet-nut having an annular-flange-like setting head and a hollow shaft for securing a blind rivet-nut in an opening of a carrier. The hollow shaft has a free end having a threaded portion for receiving a threaded element of a tensioning tool. A clamping portion adjacent to the setting head forms a bead-like deformation when the tensioning tool is used to clamp the carrier between the bead-like deformation and the setting head. A threadless shaft portion is formed between the clamping portion and the threaded portion. The threadless shaft portion is threaded by a thread self-rolling or thread self-tapping fastener. The fastener is received in a positive-locking manner when the fastener is screwed into the thread formed on the previously threadless shaft portion. A method is also disclosed for securing a component to a carrier by a blind rivet-nut.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Jens LINSEL
  • Publication number: 20180003142
    Abstract: A method includes remotely starting an engine of a vehicle in response to a command, from a remote user of the vehicle, to start the engine for preconditioning the vehicle. The method assesses a charge level of a battery of the vehicle following engine start and adjusts engine-on time and vehicle settings to prioritize battery charge maintenance versus preconditioning based on the charge level. Another method for remotely starting the engine includes notifying, from the vehicle, the user that the battery has a charge level below a predetermined threshold. This method includes remotely starting the engine to charge the battery with energy from the engine upon receiving from the user a confirmation to start the engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Kevin Holub, John Robert Van Wiemeersch
  • Publication number: 20180001816
    Abstract: A vehicle applique is provided that includes a decorative layer and an over-mold positioned over the decorative layer. The over-mold is substantially transparent. A semiconductor layer is positioned on an opposite side of the decorative layer from the over-mold. The semiconductor layer is configured to emit light through the decorative layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Kenneth Dellock, Stuart C. Salter, Aaron Bradley Johnson, Talat Karmo, Michael Musleh
  • Publication number: 20180003292
    Abstract: A gear unit for a motor vehicle including a rotatable worm gear shaft rotating about a rotation axis and cooperating with a worm gear wheel in an engagement region spaced from the rotation axis. A pivotable rotary bearing mounts the worm gear shaft on a housing on one side of the engagement region and a loose rotary bearing, pretensioned in the direction of the spacing axis, mounts the other side in the housing. A support device supports the pivotable rotary bearing on the housing in the direction of the rotation axis. To optimize engagement between a worm gear shaft and a worm gear wheel, the pivotable rotary bearing pivots relative to the housing about a pivot axis perpendicular to the rotation axis and to the spacing axis. A support point of the support device is offset relative to the rotation axis along the spacing axis towards the engagement region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Georg Figura, Alexander Ein Waldt, Armin Schymczyk, Gerhard Friederich
  • Publication number: 20180003291
    Abstract: A gear unit for a motor vehicle having a drive shaft extending axially and mounted rotatably, and a worm gear shaft which cooperates with a worm gear wheel. A torque-transmitting coupling connects the drive shaft to one end of the worm gear shaft with the other end supported by a bearing. A pretension element loads the bearing and correspondingly the worm gear shaft so the worm gear shaft is biased or pressed against the worm gear wheel. The torque-transmitting coupling provides a suitable connection between the drive shaft and worm gear shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Georg Figura
  • Publication number: 20180003290
    Abstract: A gear unit for a motor vehicle including an axially extending worm gear shaft, rotatable about a rotation axis, and cooperating with a worm gear wheel. The worm gear shaft supported, on one side of the worm gear wheel, through a first rotary bearing, on a housing and on the other side by of the worm gear wheel by a second rotary bearing loaded such that the worm gear shaft is pretensioned against the worm gear wheel. To optimize worm gear shaft and worm gear wheel engagement the first rotary bearing pivots or tilts relative to the housing, with deformation of at least one return element about a tilt axis perpendicular to the rotation axis. The return elements supporting the first rotary bearing on the housing in the axial and radial direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Georg Figura, Alexander Ein Waldt, Armin Schymczyk, Gerhard Friedrich
  • Publication number: 20180003297
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a gear shifter operable to shift a manual transmission. An actuator is connected to the shifter and actuatable to bias the shifter to at least a first or second neutral position. The vehicle further includes a controller configured to bias the shifter, via the actuator, to one of the neutral positions based on a speed of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas MA
  • Publication number: 20180003358
    Abstract: A vehicular signal assembly that includes an inner chamber defined by a substrate comprising LED light sources and spaced apart, corresponding Fresnel lenses; and an outer chamber defined by the Fresnel lenses and an outer lens comprising optical elements. The outer lens can have a width of at least 12 mm. Further, each LED source emanates incident light directly through the chambers to produce a light pattern with a contrast ratio of 3:1 or less, e.g., a daytime running light pattern. Each LED source can also emanate incident light directly through the corresponding Fresnel lens an outer lens to produce the daytime running light pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Gary Edward Henige, Chad Clement, Udayakumar Ramasami
  • Publication number: 20180003293
    Abstract: A gear unit for a motor vehicle having a rotary bearing supporting a worm gear shaft, rotatable about an axially extending rotation axis, on a housing. The rotary bearing pivotable about a pivot axis and includes a spherical outer face and a stationary pivot ring. The gear unit includes a spring element extending tangentially or circumferentially, at least partially, around the rotation axis, and positioned such that one side engages the housing and the other side, through two axially protruding contact portions lying opposite each other in the direction of the pivot axis, engages the rotary bearing. The spring element includes a ring portion extending transversely to the axial direction and tangentially, at least partially, around the rotation axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Georg Figura, Armin Schymczyk, Alexander Ein Waldt
  • Publication number: 20180004224
    Abstract: An autonomous driving unit for a self-driving motor vehicle is provided. The autonomous driving unit includes a memory that stores route data for a determined route, wherein the route data are based on the drive along the determined route. The autonomous driving unit also includes a control unit, which is connected to the memory, and includes a driving mode for autonomously driving along the determined route with the aid of the route data stored for the determined route.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christoph ARNDT, Manfred MUELLER, Anke DIECKMANN
  • Patent number: 9856829
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for controlling engine operation in a hybrid vehicle, where the vehicle engine comprises one or more cylinders dedicated to recirculating exhaust to the intake manifold. In one example, if an engine load decreases below a level where dedicated exhaust gas recirculation may lead to combustion stability issues, engine load may be increased above the demanded load and the excess power used to charge a system battery, or if the battery state of charge is above a threshold, the engine may be shut down and the vehicle propelled via battery power. In this way, fuel economy and combustion stability issues may be improved, NOx emissions reduced, and costs for implementation of dedicated exhaust gas recirculation decreased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas G. Leone, Kenneth James Miller, Douglas Raymond Martin
  • Patent number: 9856804
    Abstract: A method is provided, comprising indicating a fuel vapor canister load based on a steady-state fuel vapor circulation rate in a vapor recovery line during a refueling event; and adjusting a canister purging operation in response to the indicated fuel vapor canister load. Restrictions in the vapor recovery line may increase the rate of fuel vapor canister loading during a refueling event. In this way, an accurate canister load may be determined following a refueling event, and canister purging operations adjusted accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dennis Seung-Man Yang, Aed M. Dudar, Russell Randall Pearce, Rob Ognjanovski, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9858064
    Abstract: In a first illustrative embodiment, a system includes a mobile device processor configured to communicate wirelessly with both a remote server and a vehicle computing system (VCS). The processor is further configured to query the VCS for a module version, relay the module version to a remote system and receive information relating to an updated module version and module. The processor is also configured to query the VCS for vehicle battery information, inform a user of battery sufficiency for a recommended installation of the updated module, and, responsive to a user instruction to proceed with installation, instruct the VCS to download and install the updated module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Chase Mitchell, Chad Evert Esselink, Darren Peter Shelcusky, Michael Raymond Westra
  • Patent number: D806920
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: George Bucher, Dean Carbis, Jesse Diephuis