Ford Patents

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  • Publication number: 20190084525
    Abstract: A boundary detection system for a vehicle includes a controller programmed to generate an alert in response to sensing a presence of a person in a first zone extending from the vehicle. The system also includes a wireless receiver configured to receive signals transmitted by a nomadic device in a second zone surrounding the vehicle. The controller is further programmed to, in response to the receiver receiving the signals, output the alert.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brad Alan IGNACZAK, Adil Nizam SIDDIQUI, Brian BENNIE, Jacob LUCERO, Cynthia M. NEUBECKER
  • Publication number: 20190084565
    Abstract: A system includes a processor for a first vehicle and a memory. The memory stores instructions executable by the processor to, upon determining audio fault of the first vehicle, identify a second vehicle for sound-sharing based on a sound output of the second vehicle, and form a platoon with the second vehicle based on the sound output.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Aed M. Dudar
  • Publication number: 20190088123
    Abstract: A system includes a processor and a memory. The memory stores instructions executable by the processor to, upon receiving a first message including a map, a vehicle location, and a first location, navigate the vehicle to the first location, and then, after stopping the vehicle at the first location, navigate the vehicle to a second location upon receiving a second message.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: S.M. Iskander Farooq, Mark A. Cuddihy, Mohammad Omar Faruque, Dean M. Jaradi
  • Publication number: 20190087671
    Abstract: A computing device, programmed to: acquire a color image and transform the color image into a color-component map. The computer can be further programmed to process the color-component map to detect a traffic sign by determining spatial coincidence and determining temporal consistency between the color-component map and the traffic sign.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Applicants: Ford Global Technologies, LLC, Georgia Tech Research Corporation
    Inventors: Ghassan AlRegib, Min-Hung Chen, David McCreadie, Daniel Lewis Boston
  • Publication number: 20190084111
    Abstract: A production device having wear and/or manipulation identification is provided. The production device is produced at least for the most part by additive production methods and has a surface. The production device may be constructed as an assembly device, in particular workpiece coordination device, shaping tool or auxiliary technical production device. According to the present disclosure there is provided at least in a region of the surface at least one signal layer which, in an initial state of the production device, is arranged at a predetermined depth below a surface termination layer of the surface and is covered externally by the surface termination layer of the surface. In this instance, the signal layer differs in a visually perceptible manner from the surface termination layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Raphael Koch, Lars Bognar
  • Publication number: 20190086694
    Abstract: A solar-protection device is described for shading a light-transmitting surface, said solar-protection device including a light-transmitting component with a surface and with a number of surface elements arranged on the surface in the form of a grid, which are designed to vary their transmittance. The solar-protection device includes at least one device for determining the radiation intensity of the sunlight irradiation, at least one device for determining the direction of irradiation of the sunlight, and a control unit, designed to reduce, in a manner depending on the radiation intensity and on the direction of irradiation of the sunlight, the transmittance of a selected number of surface elements, so that the selected surface elements generate a pattern that can be varied in a manner depending on the direction of irradiation of the sunlight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ralf Schmierer, Arnold Stadtler
  • Publication number: 20190088248
    Abstract: A method of operating a vehicle sound system to enhance the driving experience of vehicle occupants. A vehicle-mounted sensor (such as a LIDAR or RADAR system) is used to identify an object in the vehicle environment. A database that may be stored on a remote server is queried, the database containing, in electronic form, a sound stored therein associated with the object. The sound may be a desirable or pleasant sound. The sound is download to the vehicle sound system and the sound system generates the sound in a vehicle cabin for enjoyment by the occupants. Other ambient sounds may be detected by an exterior microphone of the vehicle, characteristics and locations of the sound added to the database. A vehicle noise reduction system may be activated as the vehicle approaches the location when it is determined that the characteristic indicates that the ambient sound is undesirable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Marcus HOGGARTH, David MINGAY, Pierre BERNUCHON, Harriet DODDS, Liberty FEARNS
  • Publication number: 20190084442
    Abstract: An anode exhaust assembly including a housing and a base member is provided. The base member supports the housing and includes a base reservoir having a channel reservoir defined between two walls and a purge outlet open to the channel reservoir. Each of the walls defines an opening fluidly connecting the reservoirs located at a base reservoir inner surface such that fluid accumulating on a housing inner surface collects in the base reservoir prior to entering the channel reservoir. A cone member may be secured to an inner surface of the housing and include at least one cone opening oriented within the housing to direct fluid from a housing cavity to the base reservoir and not to the channel reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Motor Company
    Inventor: Alysa Darrenkamp
  • Publication number: 20190084484
    Abstract: A vehicle cargo area includes a retention structure having an upper portion, a vertical portion, an arcuate portion, and an angled portion. The vehicle cargo area further includes a storage tray having a coupling portion that removably couples to the retention structure by passing over the vertical portion and engages with the vertical portion such that the coupling portion is secured in the retention structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Walter Herman, Craig West
  • Publication number: 20190084427
    Abstract: A system includes processor. The system includes a memory, the memory storing instructions executable by the processor to identify, in a vehicle at a first location, a second location receiving reflected light. The memory stores instructions executable by the processor to navigate the vehicle from the first location to the second location receiving the reflected light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Aed M. Dudar
  • Publication number: 20190084526
    Abstract: A vehicle computer includes a memory and a processor programmed to execute instructions stored in the memory. The instructions include comparing a captured image of a predetermined object to a target image of the predetermined object to quantify a first noise characteristic of the captured image, comparing the first noise characteristic to a first predetermined threshold, and detecting debris on an image sensor that outputs the captured image as a result of comparing the first noise characteristic to the first predetermined threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Michael Seubert, Mark Edward Nichols, Cindy Anne Peters, Kerrie Nikaido Holguin
  • Publication number: 20190084521
    Abstract: An assembly includes a hood. The assembly includes an airbag assembly secured to the hood. The airbag assembly includes inflatable members inflatable to an inflated position, and uninflatable panels in an alternating arrangement with the inflatable members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: S.M. Iskander Farooq, Saeed David Barbat, Srinivasan Sundararajan, Mohammad Omar Faruque, Dean M. Jaradi, Nirmal Muralidharan
  • Publication number: 20190084361
    Abstract: A tow hook assembly includes a U-shaped tow hook received in a housing. The U-shaped tow hook includes first and second legs where the first and second legs each include forward and rearward locking flanges. The legs of the U-shaped tow hooks are received in a housing. The housing includes springs which bias the U-shaped tow hook in a forward direction and the locking flanges prevent the U-shaped tow hook from moving in a forward direction. The springs allow the U-shaped tow hook to deflect in a rearward direction upon a forward impact with the U-shaped tow hook.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, Swadad A. Carremm, Saied Nusier, Mohamed Ridha Baccouche
  • Patent number: 10232873
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and articles of manufacture to identify non-uniformity in a vehicle steering system are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a first sensor to measure a steering wheel angle relative to a first universal joint, a second sensor to measure a pinion angle relative to a second universal joint, and a third sensor to measure a torque relative to a torsion bar. The apparatus further includes a non-uniformity manager to determine a non-uniformity angle associated with a steering column, the non-uniformity angle based on the torque and comparing the steering wheel angle to the pinion angle, map the non-uniformity angle to a first position of the steering column, and determine an offset to adjust a steering response based on the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Lodewijk Wijffels, Sergio Codonesu, David Michael Russell, Cornelius Macfarland, Oliver Nehls, Jan Bremkens
  • Patent number: 10232769
    Abstract: A vehicle cup holder assembly is provided and includes a cup holder. A cup holder bezel is coupled to the cup holder and has an optical element that receives light and a reflective element that partially encloses the optical element and redirects light propagating inside the optical element, wherein light escapes through a light transmissive region of the optical element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Jeffery Forrest
  • Patent number: 10232785
    Abstract: A motor vehicle console comprises a pair of exposed parallel tubular members operably coupled with a motor vehicle structure and an instrument panel. Each of the tubular members has a connector section, a forward horizontal section, an intermediate section extending rearwardly in at least partially an upward direction; and a rearward horizontal section, wherein each forward horizontal section is disposed below the rearward horizontal section, and a mount operatively coupled with the forward horizontal section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Gary D. Mullen, Dennis Sartorello, Anthony Ligi, Jr., Stephen Neal Jacobsen
  • Patent number: 10232784
    Abstract: A motor vehicle console comprises a mount and a pair of exposed parallel tubular members. Each of the tubular members has a forward horizontal section, an intermediate section extending rearwardly in at least partially an upward direction, and a rearward horizontal section, wherein each forward horizontal section is disposed at an elevation horizontally below the rearward horizontal section and each forward horizontal section is operatively coupled with the mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Gary D. Mullen, Dennis Sartorello, Anthony Ligi, Jr., Stephen Neal Jacobsen
  • Patent number: 10232840
    Abstract: A hybrid vehicle having an engine, an electric machine, and a step-ratio transmission includes a controller programmed to, in response to an accelerator lift-pedal event when operating in a towing mode, learn a vehicle speed, and apply a lift-pedal torque when vehicle speed exceeds the learned vehicle speed, and apply an adjusted lift-pedal torque based on a gear ratio after downshifting the transmission to maintain a constant output shaft torque otherwise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Rajit Johri, Jeffrey Allen Doering, Chen Zhang
  • Patent number: 10232815
    Abstract: A seat assembly includes a first bolster and a second bolster spaced from each other. The seat assembly includes a seat bottom between the first and second bolster. The seat assembly includes a bridge deployable to a deployed position. The bridge in the deployed position is spaced from the seat bottom. The bridge in the deployed position is supported on the first and second bolsters and extends from the first bolster to the second bolster. The seat assembly includes an inflatable device supported by the bridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Alan George Dry, Johnathan Andrew Line, Brian Robert Spahn, Benjamin Yilma
  • Patent number: 10232856
    Abstract: A controller includes a processor and a memory storing processor-executable instructions. The processor is programmed to control steering and at least one of propulsion and braking of a vehicle while following a route segment and, during the route segment, to activate a user interface at a frequency based on at least one of an elapsed duration of the route segment, an age of a user, a time of day, and a route-segment topology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Ahmad Khalifeh, Levasseur Tellis
  • Patent number: 10232846
    Abstract: Example ride control systems and methods are described. In one implementation, a method receives a request to initiate a drive session to help a baby fall asleep in a vehicle. The method identifies a driving route for the drive session and implements the drive session by following the driving route. One or more vehicle-mounted sensors determine whether the baby in the vehicle has fallen asleep during the drive session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Vincent Myers, Mohamed Ahmad, Jinesh J Jain, Lisa Scaria
  • Patent number: 10232788
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly includes a seat that is pivotable between an open position and a closed position. A cavity is formed in a support structure of the seat such that an occupant is supported on a support rib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Hagedorn, Kevin Wayne Preuss, Steven Camago, Jimmy Moua, Johnathan Andrew Line, Adam Ewel
  • Patent number: 10232673
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for tire pressure monitoring with vehicle park-assist. An example vehicle includes tires, tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) sensors, a park-assist controller to determine a parking path, and a TPMS controller. The TPMS controller is to determine tire characteristics based on the parking path, calculate tire indexes for the tires based on the tire characteristics, and select one or more of the TPMS sensors based on the tire indexes. The TPMS controller also is to instruct, via a communication module, the selected TPMS sensors to collect pressure measurements during park-assist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Erick Michael Lavoie, John Robert Van Wiemeersch
  • Patent number: 10233817
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for controlling exhaust flow and recovering heat from exhaust gas under different operating conditions. In one example, motive flow of fresh air via an ejector coupled to an exhaust bypass assembly may be utilized to divert exhaust through a heat exchanger during cold-start conditions and heat extracted from the exhaust gas may be utilized for passenger cabin heating and other vehicle heating demands. The exhaust bypass assembly may also be used for EGR delivery wherein the exhaust heat exchanger may be used as an EGR cooler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael James Uhrich, Joseph Norman Ulrey, Ross Dykstra Pursifull
  • Patent number: 10232481
    Abstract: A workpiece fixture assembly is provided herein. The workpiece fixture assembly includes a baseplate including an engagement surface. First and second static risers are configured to maintain a position of a workpiece. The first static riser includes a first gage bore thereon. A dynamic riser is configured to abut the workpiece and has a second gage bore thereon. A numerical control machine has a probe to measure an offset distance between the first and second gage bores. A linearly actuable workpiece support is disposed on the baseplate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Joseph Habel, Richard S. Stanifer, Kenneth W. Manes, John Wayne Menard, Matthew Gerald DuFresne
  • Patent number: 10232849
    Abstract: A time to collision is determined between a turning host vehicle and each of a plurality of targets. Based on a lateral distance and a longitudinal distance, a minimum distance is determined between the turning host vehicle and each of the plurality of targets. A threat number is determined for each target selected based on the time to collision and the minimum distance. A vehicle component is actuated based on the threat number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Nanjun Liu, Kun Deng, Wangdong Luo, Alex Maurice Miller, Gerald H. Engelman
  • Patent number: 10232841
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operating a driveline of a hybrid vehicle are disclosed. In one example, an engine may enter or stay in one of two cylinder modes in response to a request to a negative torque capacity of an electric machine being insufficient to provide a desired driveline braking torque. One cylinder mode operates cylinders with cylinder valves held closed and without fuel being injected to the cylinders while the other cylinder mode operates cylinders with valves that open and close without fuel being injected to the cylinders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Allen Doering, Gregory Patrick McConville, Chris Paul Glugla
  • Patent number: 10232732
    Abstract: A method according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, monitoring a root mean square (RMS) current of a component for a time window, and adjusting a flow of current relative to a battery such that a slope of the RMS current gradually approaches zero as the RMS current approaches an RMS current limit for the time window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: William Paul Perkins
  • Patent number: 10232787
    Abstract: A seating assembly includes a seatback. A seat includes a top side that defines a seating surface and a bottom side that includes an attachment interface. The seat is operably coupled with the seatback and is rotatable between a horizontal orientation and a vertical orientation. A closeable pocket is removably coupled with the attachment interface of the seat. The closeable pocket includes a zipper. A handle operably disengages a latching mechanism of the seat and is disposed above the closeable pocket. The handle includes a peripheral bezel with a light source, which is a light emitting diode, configured to illuminate the closeable pocket and a cargo space disposed below the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin Mozurkewich, Johnathan Andrew Line, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Kevin Wayne Preuss, Keith Allen Godin
  • Patent number: 10233984
    Abstract: A multiple function brake caliper guide pin for use with a wireless transmitter to transmit brake wear data is disclosed. The pin is part of a brake assembly that includes a brake caliper, a caliper yoke for supporting the caliper in relation to the rotor, opposed brake pads, a wear sensor, and a brake wear sensing assembly comprising a brake caliper guide pin and a wireless transmitter system. The guide pin may be either of a two-piece or a one-piece design and includes a transmitter system attachment end and a yoke attachment end. The transmitter system includes a sensor for sensing brake pad wear and a wireless transmitter for transmitting the sensed wear to a receiver in the vehicle. The sensor may include a tether attached to a brake pad or may include a transmitter and magnet assembly fitted to one or the other of the caliper or the yoke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Charles K. Evans, Jr., JeLane McKinney
  • Patent number: 10232799
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for cameras and camera housings for vehicle trailers. An example camera for vehicle trailers includes a casing. The casing defines a cavity and includes a first face defining a first window and a second face defining a second window. The example camera also includes a core including a lens and coupled to the casing within the cavity via an axle. The core rotates to enable capturing of images through the first window and the second window. The example camera also includes gears within the cavity to facilitate rotation of the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, Swadad Carremm
  • Patent number: 10233852
    Abstract: Systems and methods for activating and deactivating cylinders of an engine that may activate and deactivate one cylinder independent of other cylinders are presented. In one example, an engine cylinder firing fraction and a remainder value that is based on the engine cylinder firing fraction are a basis for activating and deactivating engine cylinders. The systems and methods also provide for transitioning between different cylinder firing fractions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Amey Y. Karnik, Stephen Lee Cooper, Adam Nathan Banker, Michael Howard Shelby, John Eric Rollinger, Adam J. Richards
  • Patent number: 10232786
    Abstract: A motor vehicle console comprises a mount, a pair of exposed parallel tubular members, and an accessory mounted to the tubular members. Each of the tubular members has a forward horizontal section, an intermediate section extending rearwardly in at least partially an upward direction, and a rearward horizontal section, wherein each forward horizontal section is disposed at an elevation horizontally below the rearward horizontal section and is operatively coupled with the mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Gary D. Mullen, Dennis Sartorello, Anthony Ligi, Jr., Stephen Neal Jacobsen
  • Patent number: 10234861
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes a first vehicle component at least partially controlling a vehicle action and a second vehicle component at least partially controlling the vehicle action. A coordination controller is programmed to coordinate control of the vehicle action. The coordination controller detects a first vehicle component failure, selects a vehicle mode, and allocates workloads of the first vehicle component and the second vehicle component according to the selected vehicle mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Eric She
  • Patent number: 10232817
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a frame, a cover, and a seat side airbag assembly. The seat side airbag assembly includes a chute mounted to the frame and extending to the cover. An airbag is fixed to the chute, with the chute extending between the airbag and the cover. The chute is attached to the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Eric D. Veggian, Brian Robert Spahn
  • Patent number: 10234869
    Abstract: A computer is programmed to detect requests for a host vehicle to drive to various destinations. The computer is further programmed to send request notifications of the requests to the user devices of an owner of the host vehicle and, under certain conditions, a user of the host vehicle. The computer is further programmed to receive communications from the user devices confirming or denying the request notifications, and to instruct the host vehicle to drive or to not drive to requested destinations based on the received communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Alvaro Jimenez Hernandez, Oswaldo Perez Barrera
  • Patent number: 10232789
    Abstract: A latch assembly for a vehicle bin includes a latch housing having an integrated bumper. The latch housing defines a latch opening and a base adapted to carry the bumper. The bumper includes a load edge and is disposed on the base to provide a constant load around the latch opening. The load edge may define one of a planar load edge, a serrated load edge, and a scalloped load edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Michael Istok, Anna Miller Hill
  • Patent number: 10232703
    Abstract: A system for reducing fuel slosh noise in a storage tank is described. In one particular example, the system comprises a slatted baffle with angularly arranged louvers extending therefrom to reduce sloshing noise in the tank by redirecting fuel waves while preventing surface wave collisions in the tank. In this way, the louvered baffle has the ability to provide different fuel flows based on the direction of flow incident on the slatted baffle, which may enhance the driving experience, particularly in hybrid and start-stop vehicles, where periods exist in the drive cycle where background engine noise is absent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dhaval P. Vaishnav, Maria Fernanda Maya Diaz, Mike Dong, Mohammad Usman
  • Patent number: 10232685
    Abstract: An air filtration system for a passenger compartment of a motor vehicle includes a filter bed positioned downstream from a blower motor and upstream from one or more vents. The air filtration system additionally includes a heater coupled to the filter bed, a sensor configured to measure a functional capacity of the filter bed, and a controller configured to regenerate the filter bed using the heater as initiated by the real-time sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James Eric Anderson, Timothy John Wallington
  • Patent number: 10233791
    Abstract: A turbocharged internal combustion engine is provided with at least a partially variable valve train on an intake side wherein the intake valves are controlled to optimize the actuation of a second inlet valve in relation to a first inlet valve for different load conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Martin Wirth, Klemens Grieser, Marco Marceno, Kay Hohenboeken, Jan Linsel, Harald Stoffels, Ludwig Stump
  • Patent number: 10232747
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly includes a seat operably coupled with a seatback. The seatback includes an adjustable headrest. A back panel is disposed on a rearward side of the seatback. The back panel includes engagement features removably coupled with a workstation. The workstation includes a plurality of connection features. The connection features includes a mechanical connector, a data connector, and a power connector. An upper support abuts a rear surface of the headrest. An open receptacle is disposed proximate the headrest. An intermediate compartment is disposed adjacent the open receptacle and concealed by first and second opposing doors. A lower compartment is concealed by a bottom door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Kevin Wayne Preuss, Keith Allen Godin, David Frederick Lyons
  • Patent number: 10234868
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for mobile device initiation of vehicle remote-parking. An example method for initiating vehicle remote parking includes presenting, via a touchscreen of a mobile device, a first motion track that is predefined by a user and continuous. The example method also includes detecting a travel point of the user on the touchscreen and initiating forward motion during remote parking of a vehicle in response to determining, via a processor, the travel point is moving in a clockwise direction within the first motion track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Erick Michael Lavoie, John Robert Van Wiemeersch
  • Patent number: 10233792
    Abstract: An engine comprising a camshaft, the engine coupleable to an auxiliary device driven from the camshaft, the camshaft comprising: a plurality of valve cams each configured to actuate a respective intake valve or exhaust valve of the engine, an angular orientation of the valve cams about the rotational axis of the camshaft defined by the operational requirements of the valves; and an auxiliary device cam configured to actuate a drive element of the auxiliary device via one or more cam lobes, the auxiliary device cam having an angular orientation about the rotational axis of the camshaft, and the drive element having an angular orientation about the rotational axis of the camshaft, wherein the angular orientation of the drive element of the auxiliary device is selected respective to the angular orientation of the valve cams such that each actuation event of the auxiliary device occurs between two successive valve actuation events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Phil John Whiston, Neil Haynes, Richard Dukes
  • Patent number: 10233856
    Abstract: Methods and systems for an engine are provided for monitoring cylinder valve deactivation of an engine. One example method includes, responsive to a request to diagnose a cylinder valve actuator of an engine during a non-fueling condition of the engine, commanding an EGR valve open and determining a first exhaust gas flow, and deactivating one or more cylinder valves and indicating cylinder valve actuator degradation when a second exhaust gas flow is not less than a threshold relative to the first exhaust gas flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Aed M. Dudar
  • Patent number: 10233857
    Abstract: A method for a fuel system is provided, wherein a fuel vapor canister is vented to an engine intake during a first condition, and wherein a restriction in a canister vent pathway is indicated, responsive to a change in a fuel tank pressure transducer output greater than a threshold. If the fuel tank pressure transducer output changes less than the threshold, degradation of the fuel tank pressure transducer is indicated. In this way, a fuel tank pressure transducer offset may be distinguished from a canister vent pathway restriction if a fuel tank pressure transducer indicates a significant pressure or vacuum in a fuel tank following a vehicle-off soak.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Aed M. Dudar
  • Patent number: 10233683
    Abstract: A vehicle is provided comprising a door having a front edge and a rear edge and an opening mechanism provided substantially at the rear edge of the door. The mechanism comprises two pivot locations configured such that the door opens through a combination of rotation at both pivot locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Torsten Gerhardt, Jose Paris
  • Patent number: 10232740
    Abstract: A method of correcting a seatback recline angle is provided. The method includes a vehicle seat having a seat portion and a seatback portion, wherein the seatback portion is configured to recline to a plurality of reclined positions. The method further includes the steps of (a) measuring a recline angle of a seatback; (b) comparing the recline angle of the seatback to a predetermined recline angle threshold; (c) determining if the recline angle exceeds the recline angle threshold; (d) providing a warning to a seat occupant when the recline angle exceeds the recline angle threshold, wherein the warning is configured to prompt a corrective action from the seat occupant; and (e) moving the seatback to a corrected position when the corrective action from the seat occupant is not received after a predetermined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dean M. Jaradi, Michael James Andrus, S. M Iskander Farooq, Mohammad Omar Faruque
  • Patent number: 10235911
    Abstract: A badge mounted on a vehicle is provided herein. The badge includes a substrate and a housing attached thereto defining a cavity therebetween. A light source is configured to emit an excitation light. A first photoluminescent structure and a second photoluminescent structure are disposed within the badge and each is configured to convert the excitation light emitted from the light source into a converted light of a different wavelength. A light scattering layer is disposed between the first and second photoluminescent structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Michael A. Musleh, Pietro Buttolo
  • Patent number: 10236803
    Abstract: A method is provided for controlling a traction motor for an electrified vehicle, wherein the motor is driven by a pulse-width modulated inverter. A drive command from a driver of the vehicle is converted into a demanded torque. A substantially fixed DC link voltage is maintained from a DC power source. An input voltage for supplying to the inverter is calculated that causes the motor to deliver the demanded torque at a transition point between a constant-torque region and a field-weakening region of torque production. The voltage from the DC link is converted to the determined input voltage at an input to the inverter. By lowering the voltage applied to the inverter, switching losses and harmonic losses are reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Craig B. Rogers
  • Patent number: 10235817
    Abstract: A method for improving the accuracy with which a road profile ahead of a vehicle may be determined. The method may include receiving a plurality of inputs corresponding to a plurality of on-board sensors corresponding to a vehicle. An on-board computer system may estimate motion of the vehicle. The on-board computer system may correct data corresponding to a forward-looking sensor of the plurality of on-board sensors by accounting for the motion of the vehicle. Accordingly, the on-board computer system may use the corrected data to produce more accurate information characterizing the driving environment ahead of the vehicle. This more accurate information may be used to better estimate the motion of the vehicle in the future as the vehicle encounters that driving environment, which may improve the corrections that may be applied to the data corresponding to the forward-looking sensor at that time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Martin Saeger, Ashley Elizabeth Micks