Ford Patents

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  • Publication number: 20170267275
    Abstract: A steering system for a steerable vehicle includes at least two steerable wheels, to each of which an electrically operable steering actuator to enable the steering actuator to adjust the steering angle of the particular steerable wheel by application of a steering torque. The at least two steering actuators can be mechanically coupled to each other so that, in the event of a failure or a malfunction of the one steering actuator, the steering torque provided by the other steering actuator can be transferred to the one steering actuator, to enable the steering angle of the steerable wheel assigned to the failed steering actuator to still be changed via the other steering actuator. The at least two steering actuators can be mechanically coupled to each other via a bendable shaft or via a universal joint shaft which includes at least two rigid shafts hingedly connected via a universal joint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicants: Ford Global Technologies, LLC, ThyssenKrupp Presta Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Frank Peter Engels, Kristof Polmans
  • Publication number: 20170267285
    Abstract: A steering-wheel assembly includes an actuator, an actuator controller, a steering wheel, an attachment, and a data connector (referred to hereinafter as a first data connector). The actuator controller includes a processor and a memory and is communicatively coupled to the actuator. The steering wheel is rotatably coupled to the actuator. The attachment is coupled to the actuator. The first data connector is mounted on the attachment and in communication with the actuator controller. The actuator controller is programmed to instruct the actuator to rotate the steering wheel based on steering-wheel control data provided via the first data connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Samer Abbas, John P. Joyce, Scott J. Lauffer, Steven R. El Aile
  • Publication number: 20170267274
    Abstract: A steering column for a motor vehicle may include a steering spindle and a cover. The steering spindle may include an input shaft configured to rotate with a steering wheel, an output shaft rotatably mounted in a steering gear housing, and a swivel joint arranged between the shaft and the output shaft. A portion of the steering spindle within a footwell of the vehicle may be covered by the cover. The cover may include a fastening device and an opening on a side facing away from the footwell. The opening of the cover may extend across a portion of the output shaft, the swivel joint, and a portion of the input shaft. The cover may be fastened to a portion of the steering gear housing by the fastening device so the cover does not rotate with the steering spindle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Kristian TEBBE, Dirk SICKERT, Joachim HEIDEL, Jens HOHMANN
  • Publication number: 20170267141
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly includes a seatback and a seat base. The seat base is operably coupled to the seatback. The seat base includes a first suspension assembly and a second suspension assembly. The first suspension assembly includes a seat pan assembly and a seat cushion assembly. The seat cushion assembly is positioned above the seat pan assembly. The second suspension assembly includes a plurality of independent thigh supports operably coupled to a forward portion of the seat pan.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Daniel Ferretti, John Wayne Jaranson, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Michael Kolich, S. M. Akbar Berry, Carol Diane Casey, David Andree, Rodney Charles Brinker
  • Publication number: 20170267147
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly is provided that includes a seatback and a seat base operably connected to the seatback. The seat base includes a seat base frame having a rear tube extending laterally between at least two side members, a seat cushion assembly, and a composite seat pan positioned between the seat cushion assembly and the seat base frame and having a plurality of recessed features configured to couple over the rear tube and side members. The seat pan integrally defines a flexible cross bar extending laterally between the recessed features. A plurality of hooks integrally defined by the seat pan are operably coupled to the seat cushion assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, S. M. Akbar Berry, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Carol Casey, David Andree
  • Publication number: 20170266685
    Abstract: There is provided an energy recovery device for recovering energy from exhaust air which flows through a discharge line. The energy recovery device includes a heat exchanger device having at least a first heat exchanger unit and a heat pump, wherein the heat pump is connected at the high-temperature side thereof to the first heat exchanger unit and is arranged at the low-temperature side thereof in the exhaust air flow in the exhaust air flow direction downstream of the first heat exchanger unit or is connected at the low-temperature side thereof to a second heat exchanger unit which is connected downstream of the first heat exchanger unit in the exhaust air flow direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Manfred Rick
  • Publication number: 20170267253
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method and a device for avoiding or alleviating travel sickness in a vehicle, wherein the vehicle exhibits an automated driving mode in which the vehicle moves along at least partly in automated manner. A method according to the disclosure comprises the following steps: estimating at least one parameter that is characteristic of the probability of the occurrence of travel sickness in an occupant of the vehicle, establishing, on the basis of this parameter, at least one measure that is suitable for the alleviation or avoidance of travel sickness in the occupant of the vehicle, and communicating an item of information relating to this at least one measure to the driver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Eike Schmidt, Florian Golm, Stefan Wolter
  • Publication number: 20170267204
    Abstract: A vehicle interior includes a roof, a seat including a seatback, and an airbag supported by the roof. The airbag is inflatable away from the roof to an inflated position surrounding the seatback. During an impact of the vehicle, the airbag may be inflated from an uninflated position to the inflated position to absorb energy from an occupant of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: S.M. Iskander Farooq, Dean M. Jaradi, Mohammed Omar Faruque
  • Publication number: 20170267210
    Abstract: A restraint system includes a housing, a spool, a disc, a cutter, a plate, and an actuator. The spool is rotatably coupled to the housing. The disc is fixed to the spool. The cutter is moveable along a path from a spaced position away from the disc to a cutting position adjacent the disc. The plate is moveable between an engaged position extending in the path and a disengaged position spaced from the path. The actuator is coupled to the plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dean M. Jaradi, S.M. Iskander Farooq, Mohammed Omar Faruque, Mohammed Shenaq
  • Publication number: 20170267236
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for longitudinal control of a motor vehicle, the motor vehicle having an engine and a braking system. The method including receiving a torque demand from a controller for controlling the speed of the vehicle, and providing a torque on the basis of this torque demand, whereby, depending on the value of the torque demand, a brake torque counteracts the torque demand to control longitudinal vehicle movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ashrit Das, Marie Preusser, Thomas Svensson
  • Publication number: 20170267085
    Abstract: A vehicle door sealing assembly includes a door trim panel and an inner frame panel defining a door cavity, a window positioned proximate the door trim panel and the inner frame panel, a beltline seal disposed between the door trim and inner frame panels and in selective engagement with the window and a leak seal extending between the door trim panel and the beltline seal to divert a flow of air from the door cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Chester Stanislaus Walawender, Fouad Hafiani, Stephen Laczay, Sheri Reck
  • Patent number: 9764733
    Abstract: Systems and methods for cranking an engine of a hybrid vehicle that includes an electric machine to crank the engine and propel the vehicle are disclosed. In one example, engine cranking speed and engine cranking source are selected in response to vehicle operating conditions that may affect whether or not an electrical power source has sufficient energy to crank the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Scott James Thompson, David Farrell, Robert Wright, Xiaoyong Wang
  • Patent number: 9764662
    Abstract: A vehicle seat assembly is provided for a motor vehicle. The vehicle seat assembly includes a vehicle seat having a seat back and a seat bottom as well as a child seat module integrally formed with the seat back. The child seat module includes a folding frame member, an anchor system for securing the folding member in a deployed position and a child restraint system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ricardo Ramos Valencia, Francisco Javier Quintero Perez
  • Patent number: 9764620
    Abstract: Methods and system for operating a heat pump in different operating modes and providing a predictable heat pump response when the heat pump is transitioned between the different operating modes are presented. In one example, a controller that includes executable instructions for providing a bumpless compressor command for operating the heat pump is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Yu Liu, Anthony David Tsakiris, Brett Allen Dunn
  • Patent number: 9764632
    Abstract: A plugin hybrid electric vehicle includes an internal combustion engine, a battery, an electric machine, and a controller. The vehicle is operable in a primary electric vehicle driving mode (EV mode) and in a hybrid electric vehicle driving mode (HEV mode). The controller is programmed to receive input from the driver representing a desired operating mode and a desired energy reservation. If the desired operating mode is HEV mode, then a state of charge (SOC) offset is established as the smaller of a maximum SOC offset and an allowable SOC offset, otherwise, the SOC offset is established based on the desired energy reservation. The vehicle is operated based on the SOC offset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Hai Yu, Ming Lang Kuang, Ryan McGee, Joseph G. Supina, Johannes G. Kristinsson, Fazal U. Syed
  • Patent number: 9764261
    Abstract: A suction filter for an automatic transmission utilizes two different types of filter media: a coarse filter media and a fine filter media. The two types of media are arranged in series within a housing such that fluid flows through only one of the two filter media. A hinge valve is arranged in series with the coarse media. The hinge valve passively opens in response to a pressure differential. The hinge valve defines a non-zero flow area when in the closed position and an increasing flow area as it opens. The flow restriction associated with the hinge valve permits a larger ratio of coarse media area to fine media, thereby decreasing the flow restriction when the oil is cold without decreasing the clean-up rate in normal operating conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin E. Norris, Lev Pekarsky
  • Patent number: 9764667
    Abstract: A headrest for a vehicle seat includes a padded part, carrying bars for securing the padded part to a backrest of the vehicle seat, and a mechanism for turning down the padded part about two swivel axes and from an in-use position into an out-of-use position. The mechanism comprises a cross member connecting the carrying bars to one another and forming the swivel axis of the padded part. Furthermore, the carrying bars and also the cross member run outside the padded part and the padded part is suspended on the cross member from the outside in a swiveling movable manner via the retaining strut and the double clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Uwe Wagner, Carsten Schauf, Daniel Hari, Kilian Vas
  • Patent number: 9764686
    Abstract: A light-producing assembly for a vehicle is provided herein. The light-producing assembly includes a plurality of light and a photoluminescent structure. The photoluminescent structure includes a plurality of photoluminescent material arranged to alternate with each other. The plurality of photoluminescent materials are each configured to luminesce in a distinct color in response to excitation by a corresponding portion of the plurality of light sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Matthew Majkowski, James J. Surman
  • Patent number: 9764618
    Abstract: A system for providing efficient climate control in a vehicle. The system has an HVAC system configured to receive a user-defined temperature. The HVAC system has a cabin temperature sensor. The system has a controller coupled to the HVAC system and coupleable to a mobile device. The controller is programmed to (i) receive an estimated travel time of the vehicle from the mobile device and (ii) modify output of the HVAC system based on the travel time being below a time threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth James Miller, John Curtis Hickey, Mark G. Smith
  • Patent number: 9764704
    Abstract: A bumper assembly includes an elongated beam and a pair of crush cans. The elongated beam includes a plurality of reinforcing walls extending horizontally that define a gap in a central portion of the beam. The pair of crush can assemblies is attached to the beam at transversely spaced locations relative to the central portion of the beam. The central portion of the beam is structured to have less bending resistance than the right and left sides. The reinforcing walls span the crush can assemblies so that the gap facilitates bending the central portion of the beam. A method of making a bumper is also disclosed that includes the steps of selecting a bumper beam and partially removing an upper/central portion and a lower/central portion of the bumper beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Saied Nusier, Mohamed Ridha Baccouche, James Chih Cheng, Jamel E. Belwafa
  • Patent number: 9764726
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for controlling a vehicle system including an engine that is selectively shut-down during engine idle-stop conditions, the vehicle system further including a hydraulically actuated transmission component. One example method comprises, during an idle-stop engine shut-down, adjusting a hydraulic actuation of the transmission component to adjust drag torque on the engine to stop the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alex O'Connor Gibson, Roger Lyle Huffmaster, Peter John Grutter, Felix Nedorezov, Rodney Lewis Lopez
  • Patent number: 9764739
    Abstract: A transfer case and transmission are designed to permit the transmission hydraulic control system to control a range selection coupler and a torque on demand clutch in the transfer case. Two pressure circuits are transmitted from the transmission to the transfer case: a high range circuit and a low range circuit. The low range circuit is pressurized to engage low range while the range circuit is pressurized to engage high range. The torque on demand clutch is controlled by whichever of these circuits has the higher pressure. Lubrication is provided to a front section of the transfer case via the transmission output shaft, with the fluid returning to the transmission sump through a drainback passageway. The rear portion of the transfer case has a segregated sump. A control strategy is employed to partially fill front section of the transfer case with fluid in preparation for vehicle towing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Laurence Andrew Deutsch, Jeffrey Edward Maurer, Steven Anatole Frait, Nicholas E. McCubbin, Andreas E. Perakes
  • Patent number: 9764790
    Abstract: A transportation device includes a frame foldable between a bicycle configuration and a personal transporter configuration. A sensor configured to sense when the frame is in at least one of the bicycle configuration and the personal transporter configuration. A first wheel and a second wheel are each rotatably coupled to the frame. A first motor is coupled to the first wheel and a second motor is coupled to the second wheel. A controller is programmed to instruct the first motor to rotate in a first direction in response to a signal from the sensor that the frame is in the bicycle configuration, and to instruct the first motor to rotate in a second direction opposite the first direction in response to a signal from the sensor that the frame is in the personal transporter configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Enrique Granell Peniche, Luis Soni Gutierrez, Francisco Ronquillo, David Castro Duran
  • Patent number: 9764286
    Abstract: A catalyst system for reducing N2O emissions in the exhaust system of a vehicle is provided and comprises a support in communication with the exhaust gas stream, with the support including an exhaust gas inlet and an exhaust gas outlet. The support has at least one exhaust gas passage therethrough. The support, which may be in the form of a monolithic, multi-cell honeycomb construction, comprises a first catalytic zone and a second catalytic zone positioned downstream from the first zone. The first catalytic zone includes rhodium or a rhodium-enriched catalyst, while the second catalytic zone includes palladium or a palladium-enriched catalyst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Giovanni Cavataio, Hungwen Jen, Carolyn Parks Hubbard, Michael Daniel Shane
  • Patent number: 9765688
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operating a compressor and a compressor recirculation valve of a turbocharged engine to avoid the possibility of compressor surge are presented. The systems and methods position the compressor recirculation valve responsive to a compressor surge line that is based on two other compressor surge lines that may be a function of compressor pressure ratio and compressor flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Hamid-Reza Ossareh, Todd Anthony Rumpsa, Adam Nathan Banker, Matthew John Gerhart, Gregory Patrick McConville, Baitao Xiao
  • Patent number: 9765734
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for regulating airflow through a charge air cooler integrated in an intake assembly. In one example, an engine intake assembly comprises a plenum having an integrated charge air cooler (CAC), a first header seal positioned around a circumference of a first CAC header, and a first rotatably movable seal positioned in a bypass passage of the plenum. The first movable seal interfaces via sliding contact with the first header seal and adjusting a position of the first movable seal may vary the amount of airflow through the bypass passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher Donald Wicks
  • Patent number: 9765656
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for deactivating a valve actuation mechanism. In one example, a system may include a hydraulic gallery that may deliver a restricted flow of hydraulic fluid from a hydraulic flow restrictor to a pressure relief valve within a valve deactivation oil control valve, and during a second condition may deliver an unrestricted flow of hydraulic fluid from the valve deactivation oil control valve to the hydraulic flow restrictor. The hydraulic flow restrictor may comprise two vertical bores within the camshaft carrier that are fluidically coupled via a restrictive groove on the bottom surface of the camshaft carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Theodore Beyer, Charles Joseph Patanis, Jon Michael LaCroix, Joseph Keenan, Jonathan Denis Crowe
  • Patent number: 9766629
    Abstract: An autonomous pulse and glide system and method are disclosed. Pulse and glide is a fuel savings strategy that pulses a host vehicle to a maximum target speed and glides to a minimum target speed. Where the host vehicle detects that a lead vehicle is within a minimum distance the pulse and glide strategy is modified. The system may interrupt a pulse or may instruct the host vehicle to pass the lead vehicle. The host vehicle may also include an inter-vehicle communication module which facilitates a master/slave interaction with a lead or trailing vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Zachary Konchan, Hans Gangwar, Dale Scott Crombez
  • Patent number: 9766052
    Abstract: A method according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, detecting a position, including a polarity, of a rotor to detect incorrect rotor position offset of an electric machine without generating torque or motion within the electric machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Michael W. Degner, Shailesh Shrikant Kozarekar, Daniel Richard Luedtke
  • Patent number: 9765915
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sealing device for cylindrical or conical orifices, which is composed of an elongate sealing body made from elastically deformable material, the following components being provided for the deformation of the sealing body: a tension bolt extending through the middle, free passage region of the sealing body, a pressure sleeve seated at the inner end of the tension bolt, a brace which is arranged at the outer end of the tension bolt and through which the tension bolt engages, and an actuation element which acts upon the outer end, projecting through the brace, of the tension bolt and which, when a tensile force is exerted upon the tension bolt, enlarges the sealing body and at the same time its outer circumference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ralf Kutzinsky, Juergen Meier-Sponheuer, Wilfried Baeumler, Ralf Michels, Oliver Naumann
  • Patent number: 9766874
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method may include subscribing to a first topic tree topic associated with an installed vehicle software component version; identifying a desired software component version based on a published notification retrieved from the first topic; and when the desired version and the installed version differ, updating a software component using a software update retrieved from a second topic tree topic associated with software updates to the installed version.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Paul Rork, Brian Petersen, Ritesh Pandya, Praveen Yalavarty
  • Patent number: 9769297
    Abstract: In at least one embodiment, a system for locating a personal communication device (PCD) in a vehicle is provided. The system includes a controller that is configured to receive a first signal indicative of a location of at least one PCD in a vehicle and to determine whether the at least one PCD is located within one of a driver zone and a passenger zone. The driver zone corresponds to a location in the vehicle generally occupied by a driver and the passenger zone corresponds to a location in the vehicle generally occupied by at least one passenger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Lee Miller, Robert Bruce Kleve
  • Patent number: 9766648
    Abstract: A controller timing system according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a master controller to generate a timing signal, a first slave controller configured to wake in response to the timing signal, and a second slave controller configured to wake in response to the timing signal. Timing of the first slave controller and timing of the second slave controller is coordinated based on the timing signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Hasdi R. Hashim, Donald Charles Franks
  • Patent number: 9767373
    Abstract: A system may receive head pose indications determined according to movement data from a motion sensor of an optical head-mounted display worn by a vehicle driver, determine, according to the head pose indications, driver activity characteristics indicative of a history of movement of the head of the driver, and send the driver activity characteristics to a driver-aware vehicle system configured to adjust driver notification based on the driver activity characteristics. The system may also receive raw movement data from a motion sensor of an optical head-mounted display worn on a head of a vehicle driver, compute head velocity data based on the raw movement data, compute head displacement data based on the head velocity data, and update head pose indications indicative of head positioning upon determining that the head displacement data exceeds a predetermined threshold displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Hsin-hsiang Yang, Kwaku O. Prakah-Asante
  • Patent number: 9767626
    Abstract: A mobile device may authorize with a paired telematics control unit of a vehicle to ensure the vehicle is in a remote service mode; send a command request to the telematics control unit requesting an operation to be automatically performed by a vehicle electronic control unit in place of manual input by an assistant; and receive diagnostic data from the vehicle electronic control unit via the telematics control unit. The telematics control unit may query electronic control units of the vehicle to identify whether the vehicle is in a mode in which commands from a remote service application of a mobile device can be processed; indicate the mode to the application; and receive the command request requesting a service operation to be automatically performed by one of the electronic control units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Omar Makke, Oleg Yurievitch Gusikhin
  • Patent number: 9767696
    Abstract: A method for detecting moving objects in the area surrounding a vehicle by means of a vehicle-mounted sensor system having separate detection zones between which there is at least one detection gap. A crossover of an object between two detection zones across a detection gap is bridged by prediction by means of a transfer algorithm. Detected objects are classified according to type and the transfer algorithm is a movement model selected to match the determined object type and according to which the object is expected to move through the gap and which comprises a probability of the object being located in the gap. The probability is calculated from location and movement variables of the vehicle and of the detected object. The probability further takes into account any features in the roadway section that may permit the object to enter and/or exit the roadway directly into/out of the detection gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Christoph Arndt, Sabine Notelaers, Jitendra Shah, Peter W. A. Zegelaar
  • Patent number: 9768431
    Abstract: An example battery pack separator includes a spacer section and a vent section. The spacer section has a portion that is operative to fit between a first battery cell and a second battery cell along an axis. The portion has a perimeter. A vent section has an aperture that extends away from the axis outside the perimeter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Miller, Saravanan Paramasivam, Dave Moschet
  • Patent number: 9768433
    Abstract: A vehicle traction battery assembly which may include an array of battery cells is provided. Each of the cells includes terminals of opposite polarity. Each of the terminals may have a plurality of segment layers, and at least one of the segment layers of each of the terminals may have a melting point less than that of adjacent segment layers on either side thereof. One of the cells may be electrically isolated from other of the cells in response to at least one of the segment layers of the terminals of the one of the cells melting. The assembly may also include a housing, and the segment layers having a melting point less than that of adjacent segment layers may be located outside of the housing. The segment layers having a melting point less than that of adjacent segment layers may be located within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Alvaro Masias
  • Patent number: 9768478
    Abstract: A battery assembly includes a plurality of battery cells arranged in an array. The array has first and second longitudinal sides and a plurality of spacers interleaved with the cells to create an air gap between adjacent cells to allow air circulation between the cells. An inlet manifold is disposed on the first longitudinal side and includes an inlet arranged such that air flows into the manifold in a direction substantially parallel to the first longitudinal side. A plate is disposed within the manifold and extends along the first longitudinal side. The plate has a proximal end near the inlet and a distal end. The plate has openings that each define a pass-through area that allows the air to circulate through the plate. The openings are arranged on the plate such that the plate has a larger pass-through area near the proximal end than near the distal end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: LeeAnn Wang, George Albert Garfinkel
  • Patent number: 9766157
    Abstract: The present invention in one or more embodiments provides a device to measure backlash of an equipment powertrain, where the device includes a head to attach to the equipment powertrain, and a body to support the head, the body including a first connector via which a predetermined amount of torque is to be applied to the equipment powertrain through the body and the head, and a positional change of the equipment powertrain in response to the predetermined amount of torque being indicative of a backlash measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Verbie Gene England, Jr., Michael James Carter, Robert Thomas Kraus
  • Patent number: 9769762
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are disclosed for adaptive transmit power control for vehicle communication. An example disclosed vehicle includes a driving assistance unit and a communication module. The driving assistance unit determines an expected speed of target vehicles in the vicinity of the vehicle. The communication module determines a message type of a message received from a subsystem of the vehicle. Additionally, the communication module broadcasts the message at a power level. The power level is based on the message type and the expected speed of target vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Allen R. Murray, Oliver Lei
  • Publication number: 20170261273
    Abstract: A cooling system for a vehicle sensor module includes an active internal gas circulation system and a cold plate. The sensor module includes a light detector sensor disposed in a sealed housing. The housing is at least partially transparent. A cold plate is disposed on an end of the housing, and seals the housing. The active internal gas circulation system is disposed within the housing, and defines a first fluid flow path across the cold plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Clay Wesley Maranville, James George Gebbie, Peter Rowling
  • Publication number: 20170259766
    Abstract: A vehicle front end includes a bumper and a carrier attached to the bumper. A plurality of fins are movably attached to the carrier and are spaced from each other. The fins taper in a direction transverse to the bumper. The fins may be moved to a deployed position to reinforce the bumper to improve low-speed damageability of the bumper, and may be moved to an inactive position, which may allow a fascia to more easily deform relative to the deployed position to provide energy absorption for pedestrian impacts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: S.M. Iskander Farooq, Nirmal Muralidharan, Srinivasan Sundararajan, Sudip Sankar Bhattacharjee, Mohammed Omar Faruque
  • Patent number: D797637
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Max Wolff, Solomon Song, Mark Kaski
  • Patent number: D797646
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: FORD MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, Saied Nusier, Swadad A. Carremm
  • Patent number: D797777
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Adam Ochocinski, Angel Fernando Porras, Bryan Michael Bolger, Jordan Mazaira
  • Patent number: D797778
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Adam Ochocinski, Angel Fernando Porras, Bryan Michael Bolger, Jordan Mazaira
  • Patent number: D797779
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Adam Ochocinski, Angel Fernando Porras, Bryan Michael Bolger, Jordan Mazaira
  • Patent number: D797780
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Adam Ochocinski, Angel Fernando Porras, Bryan Michael Bolger, Jordan Mazaira
  • Patent number: D797781
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Adam Ochocinski, Angel Fernando Porras, Bryan Michael Bolger, Jordan Mazaira