Ford Patents

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  • Publication number: 20180141511
    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: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Saeed David Barbat, Mohammed Omar Faruque, Dean M. Jaradi, S.M. Iskander Farooq
  • Publication number: 20180144199
    Abstract: A computer is programmed to detect an object based on vehicle camera image data. The computer determines a light source and determines, based in part on a light source position, that the detected object is a shadow. The computer then navigates the vehicle without avoiding the object upon determining that the detected object is a shadow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Oswaldo Perez Barrera, Alvaro Jimenez Hernandez
  • Publication number: 20180142606
    Abstract: One general aspect includes a cap for a the overflow reservoir bottle, including a lower cup having a syncline void, said syncline void having by a wall extending above and below at least one surface of the lower cup. The cap also includes an upper cup with an anticline projection nesting adjacent to the syncline void of the lower cup, and said upper cup affixed to the lower cup, with at least one vent to permit gas to traverse the overflow reservoir bottle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ali Alsayyed, Robert Alex Mitchell, Sandy Corbett, Scott Russo, Jeannette Madej Richards
  • Publication number: 20180141472
    Abstract: A vehicle seat subassembly includes a first bracket and a second bracket rotatably coupled with the first bracket. First and second pins are welded to the first bracket, and an alignment plate is welded to the second bracket. First and second datum points along the alignment plate are positioned at first and second reference dimensions from the first pin and the second pin, respectively, when the second bracket is in a reference position with respect to the first bracket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Macit Aktas
  • Publication number: 20180141415
    Abstract: A vehicle door including a door inner and a reinforcing beam fixed to the door inner. The reinforcing beam includes a first layer and a second layer bonded to each other. The first layer includes a polymer and fibers impregnated in the polymer and extending continuously across the polymer of the first layer. The first layer extends along an axis and has first and second ends spaced from each other on the axis. The second layer includes a polymer and fibers impregnated in the polymer and extending continuously across the polymer of the second layer. The second layer has first and second ends spaced from each other on the axis. The first and second ends of the second layer are each disposed between the first and second ends of the first layer along the axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mohamed Ridha Baccouche, Rahul Arora, Saeed David Barbat
  • Publication number: 20180141594
    Abstract: A tailgate assembly of a vehicle includes a tailgate, a left workpiece holder, and a right workpiece holder. The tailgate is elongated along an axis from a vehicle-left end to a vehicle-right end. The tailgate includes a left pocket at the vehicle-left end and a right pocket at the vehicle-right end. The left workpiece holder has an L shape and is configured to slidably engage the left pocket along the axis, and the right workpiece holder has an L shape and is configured to slidably engage the right pocket along the axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua Robert Hemphill, Jeffrey Hemphill, Jack Marchlewski, Robert Reiners
  • Publication number: 20180141584
    Abstract: Vehicle steering can be synchronized by first, turning the steering rack from lock-to-lock to determine a steering rack midpoint, second, turning the steering wheel from lock-to-lock to determine a steering wheel midpoint, third, synchronizing the steering rack with the steering wheel based on the steering rack midpoint and the steering wheel midpoint, and fourth, piloting a vehicle based on the synchronized steering rack and steering wheel; wherein the steering rack is mechanically decoupled from a steering wheel of the vehicle before turning the steering rack from lock-to-lock and before turning the steering wheel from lock-to-lock.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Steven R. El Aile, Darrel Alan Recker, John P. Joyce
  • Publication number: 20180141493
    Abstract: A badge assembly that includes a translucent, polymeric badge comprising an edge and an interior surface with a diffraction grating having a thickness from 250 nm to 1000 nm and a period from 50 nm to 5 microns; LED sources oriented toward the edge; and fascia configured to obscure the sources. Further, the grating diffracts light from the LED sources through the badge as a visible iridescent pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, James J. Surman
  • Patent number: 9975391
    Abstract: Arrangements (e.g., method, apparatus, computer-readable non-transitory media embodying a program) for compensating for understeer or oversteer behavior in a vehicle having a fully active suspension, including: determining whether an understeer or oversteer condition exists; determining a compensation torque needed to correct the understeer or oversteer condition; and generating the compensation torque by using the fully active suspension to shift tire loads between tires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Eric Hongtei Tseng, Li Xu, Davor David Hrovat, Josko Deur, Mirko Coric
  • Patent number: 9975446
    Abstract: A vehicle charge station includes at least a first interface and second interface coupled with a power converter and a controller. The controller is configured to, in response to detecting a battery electric vehicle (BEV) classified vehicle coupled with the power converter via the first interface while flowing a charge current to a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) classified vehicle via the second interface, redirect the charge current from the second interface to the first interface. Also, a method of controlling a charge station includes receiving first vehicle data from a first vehicle connected to a first interface and transferring power to the first interface. The method then receives second vehicle data from a second vehicle connected to a second interface and, in response to a comparison of the first vehicle data and the second vehicle data indicating a higher priority for the second vehicle, redirects power from the first interface to the second interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Charles Weber, Imtiaz Ali, Mohannad Hakeem, Michael James Uhrich
  • Patent number: 9975580
    Abstract: A vehicle body assembly may include a header, a roof rail, and a gusset component. The header may define a lateral axis extending across a vehicle body. The roof rail may define a longitudinal axis extending fore/aft along the vehicle body. The gusset component is for securing the header and roof rail to one another and includes an edge extending diagonally between the header and the roof rail to reinforce a vehicle body corner joint. The edge may extend diagonally from the header to the roof rail at an angle between thirty and sixty degrees relative to the lateral axis and the longitudinal axis. The edge may define an edge axis oriented at substantially forty-five degrees relative to the lateral axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jaspinder S. Sahi, Todd John Mueller, Ye Angela Chen, Di Wu
  • Patent number: 9975573
    Abstract: An operation mode of a first actuator engaged with a steering rack is determined. An operation mode of a second actuator engaged with a steering column is determined. The operation mode of one of the first and second actuators is adjusted upon detecting a failure in the other of the first and second actuators. At least one of the steering rack and the steering column is actuated based on the operation mode. In an angle control mode, a predetermined steering angle is provided to the first and second actuators to adjust the steering rack according to the steering angle. In a torque control mode, a steering column torque from a torsion sensor disposed on the steering column is provided to the first and second actuators to adjust the steering rack according to the steering column torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Eric She, Nathaniel Abram Rolfes, William James Bouse
  • Patent number: 9975578
    Abstract: A structural member for a vehicle includes an outer panel defining a U-shaped channel. The outer panel is formed from a first material. The structural member further includes a reinforcement panel defining a U-shaped channel. The reinforcement panel is formed from a second material different than the first material and is formed to attach to the outer panel. The structural member also includes an inner panel defining a U-shaped channel. The inner panel is formed from a third material different than the first and second materials and is formed to attach to the reinforcement panel such that the outer panel, reinforcement panel, and the inner panel are oriented along an axis and span an entire length of each of the U-shaped channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Shaikh Akhlaque-E-Rasul, William Moore Sherwood, Zhenyan Gao, Cheng Luo
  • Patent number: 9974365
    Abstract: A guide mechanism may be provided in a buckle assembly including an inner sleeve and an outer sleeve. The guide mechanism in one example includes notches in the outer sleeve mateable to notches in a tongue piece. In another example, the guide mechanism includes ribs formed on an interior of the outer sleeve, that together with a wall of an outer button included in the outer sleeve, form a slot for receiving a tongue piece. In yet another example, the guide mechanism includes a pair of leaf springs having openings therein forming a slot for receiving a tongue piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Robert Spahn, Benjamin Yilma
  • Patent number: 9975491
    Abstract: A retractable cargo cover system is provided for a motor vehicle having three rows of seating. That retractable cargo cover system includes a first receiver carried on a second row seat, a second receiver carried on a third row seat and a retractable cargo cover assembly. The retractable cargo cover assembly may be selectively mounted in the first receiver or the second receiver as desired by the vehicle operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Gian Carlo Morlet Ugalde, Miguel David Ferreira Orta
  • Patent number: 9975476
    Abstract: An illuminated vehicle foot pedal assembly is provided that includes a foot pedal and at least one light source located on the foot pedal. The assembly further includes at least one proximate sensor disposed on the pedal for sensing an operator's foot proximate to the pedal. The at least one light source may illuminate the pedal and the foot well and may indicate a vehicle condition such as a driving mode or a warning. The sensed proximity of the foot may be used to control the lighting or a pedal adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Pietro Buttolo, Christopher Anthony Danowski, Paul Kenneth Dellock
  • Patent number: 9975401
    Abstract: An apparatus for avoiding windowpane misting in a vehicle, in particular a motor vehicle, by activating an anti-misting mode on the basis of measured values of the air humidity and air temperature in the interior of the vehicle and the outside temperature in the environment of the vehicle, a dew or frost point being determined from the measured values. The determination of the dew or frost point is based on variables which are the measured values of the air humidity and the air temperature plus their respective tolerances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Walter Mayer
  • Patent number: 9975481
    Abstract: A system includes a processor configured to detect a wireless signature indicating an animal presence within a predefined proximity to a vehicle. The processor is also configured to issue an alert to vehicle occupants responsive to the wireless signature detection, the alert varying based on detected signal strength. The wireless signature may be transmitted from a BLE or RFID device provided to an animal affixed to a collar, for example, or from an RFID chip embedded in an animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Anthony Hatton, Thomas Nelson, Hussein F. Nasrallah, Johannes Geir Kristinsson, Krishnaswamy Venkatesh Prasad
  • Patent number: 9975440
    Abstract: An exemplary charge port covering assembly includes a door assembly moveable between a covering position where the door assembly blocks access to a charge port, and an accessing position where the door assembly permits access to the charge port. A plurality of ring segments are configured to move to permit the door assembly to pivot from the covering position to the accessing position. An exemplary charge port covering method includes blocking access to a charge port using at least one door assembly in a covering position, and moving a charger toward a coupled position with the charge port to transition the at least one door assembly from the covering position to an accessing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Xiankai Song, Michael Terrence Zitkovic, Rodolfo Palma
  • Patent number: 9975518
    Abstract: An airbag assembly for a vehicle is provided. The airbag assembly comprises an airbag and an inflator to inflate the airbag when deployed. The airbag comprises one or more tethers. The one or more tethers are coupled to an outer wall of the airbag at a first end of the tethers. The tethers are configured to form one or more pleats in the outer wall of the airbag when the airbag is fully inflated. The one or more tethers are coupled to the outer wall at a location such that the one or more pleats at least partially unfold during an impact between an occupant of the vehicle and the airbag and reduce a tension in a portion of the outer wall of the airbag when inflated and during an initial period of an impact between an occupant of the vehicle and the airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Mark Marable, Allen Charles Bosio, Robert William Sleath
  • Patent number: 9975475
    Abstract: A vehicle lighting device is disclosed. The device comprises a plurality of light sources configured to selectively emit a first light color and a second light color and a controller. The controller is configured to receive a driver assist signal and a brake signal. In response to the brake signal, the controller is configured to activate the first light color constantly. In response to a combination of the brake signal and the driver assist signal, the controller is configured to activate the first light color constantly and the second light color periodically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Aaron Bradley Johnson, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Stephen Kenneth Helwig
  • Patent number: 9979058
    Abstract: An exemplary battery thermal transfer assembly includes a thermal interface material having a first side with a plurality of protrusions compressed against a plurality of battery cells, and an opposing, second side interfacing with a thermal exchange plate. Another exemplary battery thermal transfer assembly includes a thermal interface material sheet having a first side with a plurality of protrusions compressed against a plurality of battery cells, and an opposing, second side interfacing with a thermal exchange plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Samir Subba, Matthew Erich von der Lippe, Daniel Paul Roberts
  • Patent number: 9975455
    Abstract: A counterweighted release lever for a vehicle seat back release mechanism is described. The release lever includes a counterweight providing sufficient weight to move a center of mass of the release lever towards a release lever pivot point disposed adjacent to the counterweight. The counterweight may be integral to or attached to the release lever, or may be operatively connected to a release lever shaft. Vehicle seat back release mechanisms and vehicle seat assemblies including the counterweighted release lever as described above are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Thomas J. Susko
  • Patent number: 9975507
    Abstract: A vehicle bumper assembly may include a fascia, a bumper beam arranged inside of the fascia including an upper portion and a lower portion, and a reinforcement block arranged only on the upper portion of the bumper beam and configured to absorb energy and to eliminate contact of the upper portion with the fascia during a collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Rajarathinam Jayachandran, Erika Kristin Low, Bhimaraddi Venkaraddi Alavandi
  • Patent number: 9975434
    Abstract: A method for monitoring contactor health according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, storing wear data associated with a contactor, categorizing the wear data into at least a first bin and a second bin, assigning a first health level to the wear data associated with the first bin and assigning a second health level to the wear data associated with the second bin. Health information concerning the contactor is communicated to the vehicle operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Derek Hartl, Ai Keramidas
  • Patent number: 9976473
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for reducing corrosion of a charge air cooler and reducing engine misfire due to condensate formation. In response to charge air cooler outlet temperature, electric fan operation and grille shutter opening is adjusted. Electric fan operation and grille shutter opening may also be controlled in response to vehicle operating conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Chris Paul Glugla, Garlan J. Huberts, Gopichandra Surnilla, Daniel Joseph Styles, David Karl Bidner
  • Patent number: 9975400
    Abstract: A method of controlling a temperature in a vehicle passenger compartment of a parked vehicle includes the steps of: (a) sensing a temperature inside the vehicle at a predetermined time; (b) comparing the sensed temperature to a preferred temperature; (c) confirming an absence of any object near a front and a rear of the parked vehicle; (d) turning on an engine of the parked vehicle if the absence of any object is confirmed and the sensed temperature is not the preferred temperature; and (e) utilizing a climate control system to change the temperature inside the vehicle passenger compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Iskander Farooq, Mohammed Omar Faruque, Dean M Jaradi
  • Patent number: 9975529
    Abstract: Performance electric parking brake controllers determine braking control signals for a performance electric parking brake system of a vehicle based on differing sets of operating conditions of the vehicle. A controller is configured to electromechanically actuate rear brake calipers of the vehicle in response to a first set of operating conditions of the vehicle, to hydraulically actuate front brake calipers and the rear brake calipers of the vehicle in response to a second set of operating conditions of the vehicle, and to hydraulically actuate only the rear brake calipers in response to a third set of operating conditions of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Marvin Lemmer, Curtis Hargitt, Greg David Folta, Chad Michael Korte, Scott Mlynarczyk, Alexander Ferencz
  • Patent number: 9975399
    Abstract: A vehicle climate control system includes a heat exchanger to heat ambient air using engine waste heat, and a plurality of positive temperature coefficient (PTC) heating elements to heat air passed through the heat exchanger. The vehicle also includes a controller programmed to, while the vehicle is driven without engine propulsion, issue a command to sequentially de-energize the PTC heating elements before an upcoming engine activation. The sequential de-energization of the PTC heating elements is performed according to a schedule that is based upon a power surge dissipation time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Hafiz Shafeek Khafagy, Kirk Pebley, Eric Michael Rademacher, Michael J. Irby, James C. Rollinson
  • Patent number: 9976502
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for adjusting an amount of water injected upstream of a group of cylinders based on a determined maldistribution of water among cylinders during a water injection event. In one example, a method may include injecting a first amount of water upstream of a first group of cylinders and a different, second amount of water upstream of a second group of cylinders based on operating conditions of the respective cylinder groups. Further, the method may include adjusting water injection and engine operating parameters in response the evaporated and/or condensed portion of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mohannad Hakeem, Gopichandra Surnilla, Christopher House, Michael Howard Shelby, Joseph Norman Ulrey
  • Patent number: 9975412
    Abstract: A moon roof system includes a moon roof, a roller shade and a multifunction drive system. That multifunction drive system includes a single drive motor including a drive shaft, a first drive link connected to a first accessory or moon roof, a second drive link connected to a second accessory or roller shade and a transmission for selectively connecting the drive shaft to the first drive link and the second drive link. A related method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Adrian Nania
  • Patent number: 9976500
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for adjusting a cylinder deactivation pattern to improve camshaft phasing. In response to a request for actuating a camshaft phaser of a variable cam timing device, a cylinder deactivation pattern is adjusted by reactivating cylinders that were deactivated while deactivating other cylinders that were active, while maintaining a total number of deactivated/active cylinders. Cylinders are selected for reactivation or deactivation based on their individual camshaft torsion signatures so that sufficient cam torque is generated to actuate the phaser and provide the requested phasing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Gregory Patrick McConville
  • Patent number: 9975569
    Abstract: An automotive vehicle may include an engine, an electric power steering system and at least one controller. The at least one controller may, during an auto stop event of the engine, reduce at a first rate an available electric power steering system current to a non-zero threshold value before fuel to the engine is shut off and reduce at a second rate different than the first rate the available electric power steering system current from the non-zero threshold value to 0 after fuel to the engine is shut off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kirk Pebley, Sangeetha Sangameswaran, William James Bouse, John Michael Jakupco, Kevin Roy Harpenau
  • Patent number: 9976519
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for conducting an engine-off natural vacuum test and filtering the output of the engine-off natural vacuum (EONV) test based on a variable weighting factor. In one example, one or more EONV test entry conditions are evaluated with one or more membership functions corresponding to the indicated result of the EONV test to obtain an overall confidence value that is used to modify the weighting factor. In this way, the filtered EONV output reflects the confidence in the test results, and as such a malfunction indicator light may be more appropriately set as compared to conditions wherein filtered EONV output is not based on confidence in the test results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Fling Finn Tseng, Aed M. Dudar, Imad Hassan Makki, Robert Roy Jentz
  • Patent number: 9975500
    Abstract: An apparatus includes an engine assembly and an engine cover. The engine cover includes at least one through hole extending from a top surface to a bottom surface. An appliqué is mounted on the engine cover. The appliqué includes at least one mounting post extending through the at least one through hole. A backing plate is disposed on a bottom surface of the engine cover receiving the at least one mounting post to secure the appliqué to the engine cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Gary Nola, Christopher W. Newman
  • Patent number: 9976471
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method for expediting warm up of an internal combustion engine cylinder block and engine oil utilizing an existing oil coolant circuit. A method for warming up an internal combustion engine with at least one cylinder, a cylinder block which is formed by an upper crankcase half mounted to a lower crankcase half, said lower crankcase half containing an oil sump which is fed, via a supply line, by a coolant jacket, an inlet side of said coolant jacket supplied in turn with oil via the oil sump by an oil pump, the method comprising: releasing oil from the coolant jacket via gravity to reduce a cooling capacity of the internal combustion engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jan Mehring, Moritz Klaus Springer, Bernd Steiner, Thomas Lorenz
  • Patent number: 9979056
    Abstract: An exemplary fan assembly of a flow control system includes a first fan that communicates flow through a first section of a battery pack enclosure under a first system operating condition, and communicates flow through a second section of the battery pack enclosure under a second system operating condition. A second fan communicates flow through the second section under the first system operating condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Daniel Maguire, Kenneth James Miller, Saravanan Paramasivam
  • Patent number: 9976521
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for on-board diagnostics of an exhaust gas recirculation system. In one example, a method may include dynamically estimating upper and lower EGR limits based on a commanded EGR flow and estimating a ratio of accumulated difference between a measured EGR flow and one of the upper and lower EGR limits to accumulated commanded EGR flow, over a duration of time. EGR system degradation may be indicated in response to the ratio being higher than a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Roy Jentz, Scott Steadmon Thompson, Pat Edward Smithberger
  • Patent number: 9976503
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for estimating water storage in a charge air cooler (CAC). In one example, an amount of water in charge air exiting the CAC may be based on an output of an oxygen sensor positioned downstream of the CAC. Further, engine actuators may be adjusted to increase combustion stability and/or reduce condensate formation based on the amount of water exiting the CAC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Gopichandra Surnilla, Dan A. Makled, Richard E. Soltis
  • Patent number: 9976543
    Abstract: A transmission for a motor vehicle includes an input shaft, a transmission pump, a transmission sump and a pump-driving element, which is preferably a drive gear. The drive gear and the transmission pump are located in the transmission sump. Power is transmitted from the input shaft to the transmission pump through the drive gear. In a preferred embodiment, power is transmitted from the input shaft to the drive gear through at least one gear, and from the drive gear to the transmission pump through a pump shaft. The drive gear is preferably at least partially enclosed by a shroud, coupled to the transmission pump, in order to separate the drive gear from transmission fluid located in the transmission sump and thereby reduce drag on the drive gear. The shroud preferably also includes a discharge port so that transmission fluid located in the shroud is expelled through the discharge port when the drive gear rotates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Steward, Brian Orr, Mark Marchie, William Riley
  • Patent number: 9975547
    Abstract: A method for automatically detecting and safely traversing an accumulation of ice on an impending bridge. The method automatically identifies, by the vehicle, impending approach of the vehicle to a bridge and senses an accumulation of ice on the bridge. The method then calculates a speed of the vehicle needed to prevent longitudinal slip between the vehicle and the bridge, and automatically slows the vehicle at a rate sufficient to enable the vehicle to reach the calculated speed by the time it reaches the bridge. A corresponding system is also disclosed and claimed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Vincent Myers, Sneha Kadetotad, Ashley Elizabeth Micks, Harpreetsingh Banvait
  • Patent number: 9977431
    Abstract: This disclosure generally relates to an automotive drone deployment system that includes at least a vehicle and a deployable drone that is configured to attach and detach from the vehicle. More specifically, the disclosure describes the vehicle and drone remaining in communication with each other to exchange information while the vehicle is being operated in an autonomous driving mode so that the vehicle's performance under the autonomous driving mode is enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John A. Lockwood, Joseph F. Stanek
  • Patent number: 9976501
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for inverting a particulate filter housing. In one example, a method may include inverting the particulate filter housing to dislodge an ash load in the particulate filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Solger
  • Patent number: 9976616
    Abstract: A pawl return spring includes a surface contacting portion adapted to contact a transmission housing. The surface contacting portion includes a first connection region and a second connection region opposite the first connection region. The pawl return spring includes an active coil region connected to the first connection region and disposed about a central longitudinal axis to provide torsional effort to the system. The pawl return spring also includes an inactive coil region connected to the second connection region and disposed about the central longitudinal axis that does not provide torsional effort to the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Todd Curtis Spaulding, Susan Wyatt, Mihir M. Pai
  • Patent number: 9975514
    Abstract: An air bag chute assembly attaches an air bag module to an automotive instrument panel. An outer collar attaches the assembly to the instrument panel. A tubular chute extends interiorly from the collar to a lower end defining a deployment path for the air bag. A door flap is disposed in an upper end of the chute rotatable from the collar to emerge from the instrument panel. A hinge attaching the door flap to the collar comprises a plurality of S-shaped extendable hinge straps laterally spaced along one edge of the door flap. A first hinge strap proximate one lateral end of the hinge has a first length shorter than a second length of a second hinge strap proximate an opposite lateral end of the hinge, thereby restricting rotation of the door flap at the one lateral end in order to avoid contacting a windshield during deployment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Scott Simon
  • Patent number: 9976645
    Abstract: A system for transferring heat between a transmission fluid and a coolant in a transmission, such as in a motor vehicle, includes a transmission pump for circulating the transmission fluid and an oil pan having a heat exchanger. The heat exchanger has at least one transmission fluid layer and at least one coolant layer. The heat exchanger is located on a high-pressure side of the transmission pump and is configured to receive a pressurized flow of the transmission fluid from the transmission pump. Preferably, the heat exchanger receives the pressurized flow directly from either the transmission pump or a hydraulic control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James Thomas Gooden, Antonio Stranges
  • Patent number: 9978399
    Abstract: A system includes a head and torso simulation (HATS) system configured to play back pre-recorded audio commands while simulating a driver head location as an output location. The system also includes a vehicle speaker system and a processor configured to engage a vehicle heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system. The processor is also configured to play back audio commands through the HATS system while playing back pre-recorded vehicle environment noises through the speaker system. The processor is further configured to determine if the audio command, recorded by a vehicle microphone, is recognizable in the presence of the environment noises and HVAC noises. Also, the processor is configured to repeat the engagement, playback of commands and noises, and determination, recording the results of the determination for each command in a set of commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Andrew Amman, Brigitte Frances Mora Richardson, Allan Miramonti, John Edward Huber, Francois Charette, Gintaras Vincent Puskorius
  • Patent number: 9976935
    Abstract: An assembly to simulate side impacts to a vehicle includes a rocker, a translatable sled, and one or more displacement members. The rocker is secured to a wall. A b-pillar extends from the rocker and a roof rail is secured to the b-pillar and the wall. The translatable sled is arranged with the wall to impact the b-pillar. The one or more displacement members are secured to the wall and spaced from the rocker to simulate a stiffness of a full vehicle frame during impact between the sled and the b-pillar. A first rocker end constraint may secure a first end of the rocker to the wall. A second rocker end constraint may secure a second end of the rocker to the wall. The constraints may be arranged with the rocker such that the ends of the rocker may pivot relative to the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jamel E. Belwafa, Michael Barnhart, Mohamed Ridha Baccouche, Rahul Arora, Stephen Philip Panoff, Saied Nusier
  • Patent number: 9976512
    Abstract: Methods are provided for an engine including modifying fuel injection timing based on engine operating conditions. A delay time period calculation may be based on a comparison of a first engine load with a second engine load. Further, a modified injection start time, based on a delay time period, may include injecting fuel during the compression cycle of an engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Oliver Berkemeier, Jan Linsel, Kay Hohenboeken, Marco Marceno, Jens Wojahn, Klemens Grieser
  • Patent number: D818409
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Woodhouse, Soo Young Kang-Morales, Ryan G. Niemiec, Ryan Blodi