Ford Patents

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  • Publication number: 20170327095
    Abstract: Determining a brake torque reduction parameter for brake torque reduction in a motor vehicle having a brake holding assist function. The determination including detecting a motion parameter of the motor vehicle and analyzing the detected motion parameter to determine a correction value for a brake torque reduction parameter. Adjusting the brake torque reduction parameter using the correction value determines an optimized brake torque reduction parameter. The optimized brake torque reduction parameter is used as a brake torque reduction parameter of the brake torque reduction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Sebastian Leitermann, Sebastian Siegling, Olga Bergen
  • Publication number: 20170328292
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a transmission, a torque converter coupled to the transmission, a controller in communication with the transmission and the torque converter; a driver seat, a passenger seat, and a back seat coupled to the transmission, and sensors configured to detect occupancy of the seats. The sensors are in communication with the controller. The controller is programmed to receive data from the sensors, determine an occupancy status based on the occupancy data, set an engine operating parameter of one of the transmission and the torque converter based on the occupancy status, and control one of the transmission and the torque converter to operate according to the parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas G. Leone, Kenneth James Miller, Chris James Hocking
  • Publication number: 20170327104
    Abstract: A hybrid-electric vehicle includes a power system, a controller, a driver seat, a passenger seat, a back seat, and sensors. The controller is in communication with the sensors and the power system. The seats are coupled, directly or indirectly, to the power system. The sensors are configured to detect occupancy of the driver, passenger, and back seats. The controller is programmed to receive occupancy data from the sensors, determine an occupancy status based on the occupancy data, set an operating parameter for the power system based on the occupancy status, and control the power system in accordance with the parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth James Miller, Thomas G. Leone, Christopher Alan Lear, Chris James Hocking
  • Publication number: 20170326937
    Abstract: A method of controlling a suspension system of a vehicle includes identifying an amplitude and a frequency of at least one harmonic event in a topology of a surface to be traversed by the vehicle, and, with a controller, altering at least one response characteristic of at least one adjustable component of the suspension system based on at least one of the amplitude and frequency of the harmonic event. Systems and methods relate to controlling vehicle suspension systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Paul MISKA, Timothy PANAGIS
  • Publication number: 20170330456
    Abstract: Data is received from each of a plurality of vehicles proximate to an intersection indicating a kinetic energy and a time to the intersection. An optimized timing of a traffic light is determined based on an aggregation of the kinetic energies and times to intersection. A timing of the traffic is modified according to the optimized timing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth James Miller, Daniel Mark Schaffer
  • Publication number: 20170330395
    Abstract: A controller includes a processor programmed to determine, for a vehicle, a first control input based on input data and first reference parameters. The processor is further programmed to operate the vehicle according to the first control input. Based on operating data of the vehicle for an operating condition, the processor determines a second control input for the vehicle. Operating the vehicle according to the second control input reduces a cost of operating the vehicle relative to operating the vehicle according to the first control input. The processor is further programmed to determine, based on the second control input, second reference parameters. The controller generates a third control input based on the second reference parameters and the input data. A cost of operating the vehicle according to the third control input is reduced relative to the cost of operating the vehicle based on the first control input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jing Wang, Yan Wang, Dimitar Petrov Filev, John Ottavio Michelini
  • Publication number: 20170328287
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a transmission; a torque converter coupled to the transmission; a controller in communication with the transmission and the torque converter; a driver seat, a passenger seat, and a back seat coupled to the transmission; and sensors configured to detect user occupancy of the seats. The sensors are in communication with the controller. The controller is programmed to receive data from the sensors, determine an occupancy status based on the occupancy data, set an engine operating parameter of one of the transmission and the torque converter based on the occupancy status, and control one or both of the transmission and the torque converter to operate according to the parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas G. Leone, Kenneth James Miller, Chris James Hocking
  • Publication number: 20170331134
    Abstract: Provided is an electrode catalyst layer excellent in gas transportability by using an electrode catalyst layer for fuel cell comprising a catalyst containing a catalyst carrier and a catalytic metal carried on the catalyst carrier and an electrolyte, wherein the catalyst partially is coated with the electrolyte, and a specific surface area of the catalytic metal which gas can reach without passing through an electrolyte is 50% or more, with respect to the total specific surface area of the catalytic metal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Applicants: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., DAIMLER AG, FORD MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Hiroshi IDEN, Atsushi OHMA, Shinichi TAKAHASHI, Tetsuya MASHIO, Norifumi HORIBE
  • Patent number: 9815473
    Abstract: A method for controlling a manual transmission includes using a controller to determine a desired torque transmitted through an input clutch for the desired gear after a shift lever is moved to a desired gear position and while a clutch pedal is being released for engaging the clutch; inferring torque in the vehicle drive assembly; using inferred torque to determine clutch torque; and using the controller to automatically adjust a clutch actuator such that a difference between the desired torque and the inferred torque is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Yuji Fujii, Alex O. Gibson, Gregory M. Pietron, Joseph F. Kucharski
  • Patent number: 9815427
    Abstract: Systems for providing for an external vehicle airbag to mitigate the negative effects of vehicle rollover are described. In an exemplary implementation, one or more airbags are disposed inside the roof rails attached to a vehicle roof. In the event of a vehicle rollover, the airbags will deploy and extend downward along the sides of the vehicle. The airbags may be held in desirable deployed position by one or more elastic tethers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Saeed David Barbat, Mohammed Omar Faruque, Iskander Farooq, Dean M. Jaradi
  • Patent number: 9819063
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a refrigerant system having an intermediary heat exchanger, an exterior heat exchanger, and an expansion device disposed therebetween. The vehicle also includes a coolant circuit having a pump configured to circulate coolant through the intermediary heat exchanger and an engine. A controller is programmed to, in response to air conditioning being requested and the coolant temperature exceeding a threshold temperature, open the expansion device and de-energize the pump to condense refrigerant in the exterior heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy Noah Blatchley, Mark G. Smith, Angel Fernando Porras
  • Patent number: 9819062
    Abstract: A traction battery includes a first thermal plate disposed within a case, and cells disposed on the first thermal plate. A bracket arrangement is disposed within the case. The bracket arrangement includes a second thermal plate spaced apart from the first thermal plate, and a leg defining at least a portion of a fluid path connecting flow channels of the first and second thermal plates. An electronic component is disposed on the second thermal plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Evan Mascianica, Jeremy Samborsky, Josef Dollison, Saravanan Paramasivam
  • Patent number: 9818516
    Abstract: In at least one embodiment, a hybrid permanent magnet is disclosed. The magnet may include a plurality of anisotropic regions of a Nd—Fe—B alloy and a plurality of anisotropic regions of a MnBi alloy. The regions of Nd—Fe—B alloy and MnBi alloy may be substantially homogeneously mixed within the hybrid magnet. The regions of Nd—Fe—B and MnBi may have the same or a similar size. The magnet may be formed by homogeneously mixing anisotropic powders of MnBi and Nd—Fe—B, aligning the powder mixture in a magnetic field, and consolidating the powder mixture to form an anisotropic hybrid magnet. The hybrid magnet may have improved coercivity at elevated temperatures, while still maintaining high magnetization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Wanfeng Li, C Bing Rong, Leyi Zhu, Feng Liang, Michael W. Degner, Jun Yang
  • Patent number: 9815520
    Abstract: A kit for an electric cycle includes a powertrain module including a case, a battery disposed in the case, an electric motor in communication with the battery and disposed in the case, and a connecting port on the case. The kit includes a first module including a frame member configured to releasably engage the connecting port and a wheel rotatably connected to the frame member, a second module including a frame member configured to releasably engage the connecting port, and a releasable locking feature on the connecting port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin Dueñas Figueroa, Luis Alfonso Dominguez Victorio, Haydee Guadalupe Martinez Rivera, Raciel Cruz Ramirez, Ramón Jáuregui Ortiz, José Guillermo Saavedra Roman, Ana Laura Quintanar Meléndez, Daniel Amaury Menchaca Gonzalez, José de Jesús Martinez Colin
  • Patent number: 9815425
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes a base, a driver seat rotatably disposed on the base, a sensor, and a processor. The sensor is programmed to measure an angular displacement of the driver seat relative to the base and output a displacement signal representing the angular displacement. The processor is programmed to receive the displacement signal and select at least one of a plurality of passive safety devices based at least in part on the angular displacement represented by the displacement signal and only deploy the selected passive safety devices during a collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Manoharprasad K. Rao, Mark A. Cuddihy, Saeed David Barbat
  • Patent number: 9815373
    Abstract: A hybrid vehicle includes an engine; a traction battery; and a controller or a vehicle control system having a controller. The controller is programmed to respond to a state of charge (SOC) of the traction battery. When the SOC is greater than a predicted SOC the controller is programmed to decrease a SOC threshold at which the engine is shut down to reduce the SOC. The SOC threshold is defined by a difference between a maximum SOC and an expected change in the SOC associated with predicted regenerative energy for a drive cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: William Paul Perkins, Kenneth James Miller, Douglas Raymond Martin, Stephen R. Burke
  • Patent number: 9815456
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a transmission, a motor, and at least one controller. The motor is configured to be selectively coupled to the transmission. The at least one controller is programmed to output a fault for a coil temperature sensor of the motor based on an oil temperature of the transmission, a phase current of the motor, and a temperature change in a coil of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Hongjie Wu, Yuqing Tang, Shahram Zarei
  • Patent number: 9818501
    Abstract: An insulated electric conductor having a copper core, a layer of aluminum formed on the copper core, and a second layer of aluminum in the form of high-purity aluminum is disclosed. The copper core may be a solid core or may be formed from a plurality of copper strands. The layer of aluminum formed over the copper core is at least partially anodized to form an aluminum oxide dielectric layer. The layer of high-purity aluminum may be formed by evaporation deposition, sputter deposition, or co-extrusion. Once the layer of high-purity aluminum is formed, it is anodized. More than two layers of aluminum may be formed over the copper core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Larry Dean Elie, Allan Roy Gale, John Matthew Ginder, Clay Wesley Maranville
  • Patent number: 9815499
    Abstract: An assembly of vehicle components includes first and second components abutting each other. At least one of the first and second components includes a non-metallic material. The first and second components respectively include overlapping first and second apertures. The assembly further includes a joining component extending through the first and second apertures. The joining component has a support body and an outer body at least partially encasing the support body. The outer body includes a polymeric material. The joining component clamps the first and second components between first and second flanges of the outer body, and the support body extends into at least one of the first and second apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Garret Sankey Huff
  • Patent number: 9815169
    Abstract: A head assembly of a honing tool includes a carrier having a proximal end connectable to a spindle, a distal end, and a plurality of stones. The head assembly also includes a pilot cap connected to the distal end, and defining an end face and a sidewall. A transition surface defined by the pilot cap extends between the end face and the sidewall. The transition surface extends at a first angle forming a first angled relief and then at a second angle forming a second angled relief.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Matthew Wayne Byrn, Paul John Bojanowski, Dennis W. Doebler, Thomas Frasier
  • Patent number: 9815342
    Abstract: A controller may be configured to generate commands to position a vehicle relative to primary inductive charge coils that are configured to charge TPMS arrangements. A controller may further be configured to generate commands based on data indicative of electromagnetic field strength between TPMS arrangements and a corresponding coil to reduce a difference in power received by the arrangements during a charge period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Aed M. Dudar, Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam
  • Patent number: 9819426
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure provide a system and method for characterizing the radio frequency (RF) functionality of a vehicle remote keyless system (RKS) by separating and precisely characterizing the individual bits of the overall RKS system in an enclosed controlled environment. More specifically, this RKS characterization system includes an enclosed testing chamber for isolating the key fob from the vehicle, and a simulation control system that manipulates RF signals between the key fob and the vehicle for controlled RF signal analysis between the components. In certain embodiments, the RKS characterization system includes an automated process for actuating the key fob. Through this process, the RKS characterization system is able to separately identify the Key Fob Factor, the Vehicle Factor, and the Person Factor, of the vehicle RKS system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Joseph Hermann, Tye Arthur Winkel, Mark Wisnewski, Lawrence Banasky, John Frederick Locke, Hua Zeng
  • Patent number: 9815385
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes a front row seat and at least one controller. The front row seat may be a driver seat or a front passenger seat. The at least one controller may respond to a signal, for example, a signal transmitted from a key fob or a signal indicative of movement of a rear door handle. In response to the signal, the controller may move the front row seat based on data indicative of a size of a rear passenger expected to be seated behind the front row seat before the expected rear passenger enters the vehicle. The size of the rear passenger may be determined via data from an external object sensor such as a blind spot detection optical sensor, lidar sensor or ultrasonic sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Allan Lippman, Allan Roy Gale, Mangala A. Jayasuriya
  • Patent number: 9815402
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a cargo box including at least one side wall. A tailgate is coupled to the box and operable between open and closed positions. A light assembly is positioned in a vehicle rear portion of the at least one side wall. A box light is configured to emit light into the box and a puddle lamp is configured to emit light in a vehicle rearward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, James J. Surman, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Cornel Lewis Gardner
  • Patent number: 9815217
    Abstract: Various approaches for forming holes onto a sheet-metal assembly are described. In one implementation, a sheet-metal assembly is received through a conveyor system within a manufacturing cell. Once received, the type of sheet-metal assembly is identified based on associated information. Corresponding to the identified sheet-metal assembly, a set of position coordinates corresponding to one or more points on the sheet-metal assembly are obtained. Subsequently, a work-performing apparatus may be used for forming holes onto the sheet-metal assembly, at one or more points on the sheet-metal assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Steve William Gallagher, Jon A. Wilcox, Vladimir Vladimirovich Bogachuk, Richard Daniel Pastrick, Timothy D. Parker
  • Patent number: 9816308
    Abstract: Methods and systems for opening an access point of a vehicle. A system and a method may involve receiving wirelessly a signal from a remote controller carried by a user. The system and the method may further involve receiving audio or video data indicating the user approaching the vehicle. The system and the method may also involve determining an intention of the user to access an interior of the vehicle based on the audio or video data. The system and the method may also involve opening an access point of the vehicle responsive to the determining of the intention of the user to access the interior of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Vincent Myers, Venkatapathi Raju Nallapa, Alexandru Mihai Gurghian
  • Patent number: 9816426
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for sensing particulate matter in an exhaust system of a vehicle. An example system comprises a particulate matter sensor and a guiding plate spaced away from each other in a tube capable of receiving a portion of exhaust gas in an exhaust passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Xiaogang Zhang
  • Patent number: 9816447
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for calibrating a compressor surge line. In one example, a method may include adjusting the compressor surge line based on a vehicle speed in addition to a compressor pressure ratio. For example, at higher vehicle speeds, above a threshold vehicle speed, a less aggressive surge line calibration may be utilized in order to improve drivability while at lower vehicle speeds, below the threshold vehicle speed, a more aggressive surge line calibration may be utilized for NVH mitigation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mrdjan J. Jankovic, Julia Helen Buckland, Hamid-Reza Ossareh, Charlie Teng
  • Patent number: 9816474
    Abstract: A controller may be configured to respond to an engine start condition that occurs while an SOC of the battery is within a first predetermined range by running an engine until first occurrence of the start condition ceasing or the SOC achieving a target. The controller may further be configured to respond to an engine start condition that occurs while the SOC is within a second predetermined range less than the first by running the engine until the SOC achieves the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Hafiz Shafeek Khafagy, Hanyang Chen, Gjergji Shaska, Ahmed Awadi, John T. Bremmer, Sr.
  • Patent number: 9816532
    Abstract: An aspirator for a brake system is provided having integrated functions of a flow bypass and a check valve for automotive applications to achieve various suction flow openings in response to different engine operating conditions to enhance brake boost performance. The brake system includes a brake vacuum booster, an engine having an intake manifold, an aspirator having a movable convergence nozzle, the aspirator being connected to the manifold, and a vacuum line connecting the booster to the aspirator. The aspirator includes a body having an interior end wall. A biasing element such as a spring is provided between the movable convergence nozzle and the interior end wall of the aspirator body. The body of the aspirator has an air flow path having an upstream area and a downstream area. The movable convergence nozzle is positioned in the upstream area of the flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Xiaogang Zhang
  • Patent number: 9816544
    Abstract: A method of providing an electrical grounding point on an aluminum structural member of a motor vehicle. The member is hydro-formed to produce a closed cross-section, after which a hole surrounded by a flange is formed in a wall of the member. The flange is generally the shape of a truncated cone and extends toward an interior of the member. A self-tapping fastener having a grounding lead attached thereto is driven into the hole to cut threads into the flange and secure the grounding lead to the member. The self-tapping fastener allows the grounding connection to be achieved without any access to the hollow interior of the member as would otherwise be required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dragan B. Stojkovic, Michael William Danyo
  • Patent number: 9816605
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to various shift selector assemblies having a shift gate with a plurality of indentations corresponding to transmission shift selections. At least one of the indentations is configured to have a flexible depth so as to selectively restrict and accept a pawl pin, thereby mitigating shift position overshoot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Donald Morrissett
  • Patent number: 9816898
    Abstract: A testing fixture for a vehicle includes a tube and a piston slideably disposed in the tube. A seat belt D-ring is mounted t the piston. An actuator is supported on the tube in communication with the piston through the tube for moving the piston relative to the tube to an extended position in a designated time interval during a simulated vehicle rollover. The piston defines teeth, and a ratchet is supported on the tube and engages the teeth of the piston for preventing movement of the piston relative to the tube toward the retracted position during or after the simulated vehicle rollover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Jamel E. Belwafa, Michael Barnhart, Robert William McCoy
  • Patent number: 9818246
    Abstract: A control system for a vehicle door includes a power assist device coupled between a door and a door opening of the vehicle and a sensor. The system further includes a controller that receives a signal from the sensor, identifies a recognized user from image data within the signal, interprets a control gesture by the recognized user from video data within the signal, and causes the power assist device to move the door in response to the control gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Larry Elie, Timothy J. Potter, Robert F. Novak, John Wayne Jaranson, Jeff A. Wallace, Michael M. Azzouz, Gerald J. Heath, Evangelos P. Skoures
  • Patent number: 9818299
    Abstract: A host vehicle computer is programmed to receive intersection arrival data via vehicle-to-vehicle communications from one or more secondary vehicles. The computer assigns priority to each of the secondary vehicles based on the intersection arrival data and identifies one of the secondary vehicles as an immediately preceding vehicle. Upon receiving a ready signal clearance from the immediately preceding vehicle, the computer actuates a powertrain of the host vehicle, causing the host vehicle to proceed into, and through, the intersection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Hassene Jammoussi, Pankaj Kumar
  • Publication number: 20170321864
    Abstract: A light-emitting diode (LED) lamp is provided that includes: an LED source coupled to a housing; and a lens over the source and coupled to the housing. The lens, or a portion of the lens, includes a plurality of glass beads, each having a metal-containing coating (e.g., a coating comprising at least one of Ni, Al, Cu, In and brass) and dispersed in a polymeric matrix (e.g., an acrylic or a polycarbonate). Further, the lens has a thermal conductivity of at least about 2 W/m*K and an optical transmissivity of at least 80%.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Publication date: November 9, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Kenneth Dellock, Stuart C. Salter, Talat Karmo, Michael Musleh
  • Publication number: 20170320474
    Abstract: A method for operating a braking assistance system of a vehicle, wherein the braking assistance system assists a braking of the vehicle by a vehicle braking device in the event of a hazard braking. To differentiate between the hazard braking and a normal braking, at least two variables, representing a braking demand of a driver of the vehicle, are ascertained and a threshold value is established for each variable wherein hazard braking is recognized when at least the two variables exceed their particular threshold value, whereupon an automated braking intervention by the braking assistance system is initiated with the aid of the vehicle braking device. Furthermore, at least one driving-situation variable representing the instantaneous driving situation of the vehicle is ascertained and the at least two threshold values are changed depending on the at least one driving-situation variable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Publication date: November 9, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas Svensson
  • Publication number: 20170320453
    Abstract: An electrical system for a vehicle is provided. The electrical system includes a control unit configured to control operation of one or more vehicle systems. The electrical system also includes a multiplexed data bus communicatively coupled to the control unit, and configured to carry multiplexed signals to and from the control unit. The electrical system also includes a relay control box. The relay control box has one or more relays, and a controller. The controller is communicatively coupled to the multiplexed data bus, and is configured to decode the multiplexed control signals from the control unit to generate one or more decoded signals, and operate the one or more relays according to the decoded signal. A method of retrofitting a motor vehicle relay control box assembly is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Publication date: November 9, 2017
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Kyaw Kyaw SOE
  • Publication number: 20170320460
    Abstract: An airbag includes a manifold having an outer panel and an inflation chamber defined at least in party by the outer panel. The airbag further includes a first compartment and a second compartment spaced from the first compartment connected to the outer panel and positioned external to the inflation chamber. A first one-way valve is in fluid communication with the manifold and the first compartment, and a second one-way valve is in fluid communication with the manifold and the second compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Publication date: November 9, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Raj S. Roychoudhury, Roger J. Chen
  • Publication number: 20170320493
    Abstract: A confidence value is determined for data collected for a lane assist subsystem in a vehicle. A section curvature is identified for a section of a roadway when the confidence value is below a confidence value, threshold. The section curvature includes at least one section start point and at least one section end point. The section curvature is based at least in part on a heading angle, the heading angle defining an angle between a projected line of travel of the vehicle and a line segment from a vehicle position to the section end point. A distance to a lane boundary is predicted based at least in part on the identified section curvature. One or more vehicle subsystems is actuated based at least in part on the predicted distance to the lane boundary.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Publication date: November 9, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brett Stephens, Shane Elwart, Joseph Walter Neal
  • Publication number: 20170320495
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes a processor with access to a memory storing instructions executable by the processor. The instructions include determining whether an autonomous host vehicle can traverse an environmental obstacle, and if the autonomous host vehicle can traverse the environmental obstacle, controlling an active suspension system in accordance with the environmental obstacle and controlling the autonomous host vehicle to traverse the environmental obstacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Publication date: November 9, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jianbo Lu, Davor David Hrovat, Hongtei Eric Tseng
  • Patent number: 9809160
    Abstract: An illumination system for a vehicle includes a truck bed defining a cargo space, a bumper positioned vehicle rearward of the truck bed, and a tailgate defining a recessed surface and rotatable between substantially open and substantially closed positions. A first optically interactive portion is positioned on the truck bed and a second optically interactive portion is positioned on the tailgate. A light source is positioned on the recessed surface of the tailgate. The light source and the first and second optically interactive surfaces are configured to illuminate the cargo space when the tailgate is in the substantially open position and illuminate the bumper when the tailgate is in the substantially closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, James J. Surman
  • Patent number: 9809055
    Abstract: A wheel locking assembly is provided for securing a wheel to a wheel hub of a motor vehicle. That wheel locking assembly includes a locking cylinder and a wheel retainer. The wheel retainer is displaceable by means of the locking cylinder between an unlocked position, allowing removal of the wheel from the wheel hub and a locked position securing the wheel to the wheel hub. A related method for securing a wheel to a wheel hub of a motor vehicle is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Prescott Hickey, Jordan Mazaira, Ka Wai Kevin So Zhao
  • Patent number: 9809105
    Abstract: A power-split hybrid transaxle uses a chain-only final drive. In addition to transferring power from the primary axis to the differential axis, the chain provides about a 2.5:1 torque multiplication. Eliminating the planetary final drive gear set traditionally associated with a chain axis transfer reduces that axial length of the transaxle and provides more space for a power take-off unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Allen Janson, David Gon Oh, Gregory Daniel Goleski
  • Patent number: 9809152
    Abstract: A smart light assembly is provided for a motor vehicle. That smart light assembly includes an electronic sensing device dedicated to the smart light assembly, an adjustable beam light source and a controller directly connected to the adjustable beam light source. A smart lighting system is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Thomas Remillard, Michael Bryan VanBelle
  • Patent number: 9809131
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly a lower seat and a seatback structure extending upwardly relative the lower seat, the lower seat and the seatback structure defining a seat H-point, and the seatback structure having an upper seatback support, a lower seatback support, and a split between the upper seatback support and the lower seatback support. The split is disposed between 270 and 300 mm, preferably about 285 mm, above the H-point along a line extending substantially parallel to the seatback structure. The upper seatback support pivots about a pivot between a rearward position and a forward position relative the lower seatback support. A motorized actuation assembly is disposed within the seatback structure and operably coupled to the upper seatback support, wherein the motorized actuation assembly pivots the upper seatback support about the pivot between the rearward position and the forward position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Daniel Ferretti, Michael Kolich, John Wayne Jaranson
  • Patent number: 9809151
    Abstract: An adjustment device is provided for aiming two oppositely pivoted lamp elements. That device includes a single aim adjuster screw, a first connection connecting the adjuster screw to a first lamp element and a second connection connecting the adjuster screw to a second lamp element. One turns the adjuster screw to simultaneously pivot the first and second lamp elements in opposite directions and thereby aim the two lamp elements in a synchronous manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen Kenneth Helwig
  • Patent number: 9810003
    Abstract: An impact resistant releasable retainer is for a door, such as for covering a glove box or other vehicle storage compartment. A pawl retains the door closed and releases to allow the door to open. A pivotally mounted catch engages the pawl, such as within a notch, when the door is closed or moved in a forward direction, opposite the opening direction. An actuator moves the catch allowing the pawl to move, such as by engagement with the actuator following the engagement with the catch, for releasing the door to open. The catch otherwise remains secured to the pawl for preventing the inadvertent release of the door, such as during movement in the forward direction as the result of an impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Raj S. Roychoudhury
  • Patent number: 9809218
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments provide systems and methods for autonomously valet parking a vehicle based on images obtained from a plurality of plenoptic (light field) cameras. An example vehicle includes a plenoptic camera to obtain an image external to the vehicle and a controller. The controller is to autonomously navigate a vehicle toward a parking space identified as unoccupied and generate, based on the image, an occupancy map indicating occupied regions in a plurality of concentric regions. The controller also is to determine whether the parking space is available based on the occupancy map and send, in response to determining the parking space is unavailable, an error message to a driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Larry Dean Elie, Douglas Scott Rhode
  • Patent number: 9809213
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a traction motor coupled to a driveline. An engine and a generator are coupled to the driveline through a planetary gearset. A controller commands the traction motor torque based on a difference between a driver torque demand and an estimated powertrain torque. The estimated powertrain torque is based on an error between actual and estimated engine speed and an error between actual and estimated generator speed. The estimated powertrain torque may be further based on commanded or estimated engine torque and generator torque. The estimated powertrain torque may utilize a state estimator to calculate internal states based on the errors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Wei Liang, Thomas Chrostowski, Fazal Urrahman Syed, Jeffrey Allen Doering, Ming Lang Kuang