Ford Patents

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  • Publication number: 20180197413
    Abstract: A method to manage a parking area by a system in connection with the vehicle is provided. The system is designed to enter into connection with a vehicle that is looking for a parking space, and to assign a parking position to the vehicle. The system registers available parking room on the basis of an entropy calculation, wherein, within a parking area, both an a priori entropy prior to parking the vehicle and an a posteriori entropy are evaluated for a specific parking position, in order for a parking position to be assigned to the vehicle that brings about the lowest possible entropy on the parking area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Frederic STEFAN, Alain Marie Roger CHEVALIER, Michael MARBAIX, Evangelos BITSANIS
  • Publication number: 20180197440
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for teaching and/or evaluating driving behavior of a driver of an autonomous-capable vehicle. The vehicle is operated in a manual-control mode wherein a driver has manual control, and a communication device (audio speaker, visual display, etc.) issues an instruction to the driver to perform a task. As the driver is attempting to perform the task, a sensor monitors the driver's behavior. A driver instruction module (that interfaces with the vehicle's autonomous driving module) determines a deviation between the driver's behavior and a desired behavior to perform the task. If the deviation exceeds a permissible amount, the vehicle is placed under autonomous control (control is taken away from the driver) and the task is completed in a manner that is in accordance with the desired behavior.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: FORD MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Meghashree Kowshika RAMACHANDRA, Andreas ORTSEIFEN, Yuliya AKSYUTINA, Julian David POTT
  • Publication number: 20180194324
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method for operation of a motor vehicle with a portable control device. The portable control device is designed to generate control signals to control the motor vehicle. The portable device is also designed to transmit the control signals to the motor vehicle. For authentication, a server generates a token, the token is transmitted to the portable control device, and the token, which is stored temporarily on the portable control device, is transmitted to, and verified by the motor vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Georg NEUGEBAUER, Uwe GUSSEN, Erik ALPMAN, Kai SKOLIK
  • Publication number: 20180196421
    Abstract: A method of operating a self-driving (autonomous) motor vehicle to transport a passenger who requires supervision. An authorization of a sender to operate the vehicle is checked and, if authorized, the sender provides instructions to a vehicle control unit to designate a destination and one or more authorization criterion that must be met by a recipient in order to unlock the vehicle and take custody of the passenger at the destination. The vehicle travels to the destination autonomously, during which travel the status of the passenger is monitored and transmitted wirelessly to a device in the possession of the sender. At the destination, unlocking of the vehicle is permitted upon confirmation of the authorization criterion by the recipient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: FORD MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Philipp CARLHOFF, Georg NEUGEBAUER, Stephan STRAHL
  • Publication number: 20180195894
    Abstract: A system for a vehicle comprises a load sensor configured to sense a load on the vehicle. The vehicle further includes a load indicator where the load indicator is disposed proximate the vehicle such that the load indicator generates an output in response to the load sensed by the load sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Annette Lynn Huebner, Paul Kenneth Dellock
  • Publication number: 20180196999
    Abstract: A method to analyze and compare different profiles of movement of at least one road user is provided. A device capable of data acquisition is allocated to the at least one road user. The data are conveyed from the device to a server that determines, depending on a selected possibility of locomotion, comparison data with respect to a same road user or a number of road users, and provides the comparison data to the road user or road users.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Carsten STARKE
  • Publication number: 20180194321
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method to lock, unlock and start a vehicle without using a radio key or electronic vehicle key. According to the disclosure, the function of starting the vehicle without actively using the key is blocked when the vehicle is locked. When the vehicle is unlocked in a manner secured against relay station attacks, the possibility exists of starting the vehicle without actively using the key.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Uwe ZANK, Ralf STROKOSCH, Ahmet CINAR, Sebastian OPPENLAENDER, Markus WOLFF
  • Publication number: 20180194230
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to an operating unit for an in-vehicle system to control an operation of at least one in-vehicle electric device of a vehicle. The operating unit includes at least one touch screen, at least one rotary knob that is arranged on the touchscreen and at least one shaft that extends through the touchscreen and is connected in a non-rotatable manner to the rotary knob. In order to simplify operation of the operating unit via haptic feedback from the operating unit, the operating unit comprises at least one electromagnetic latching arrangement that is connected to the shaft and renders it possible to latch different rotary positions of the rotary knob in a non-contact manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Raphael KOCH, Stefan WOLTER
  • Publication number: 20180194227
    Abstract: A vehicle has multiple alternative driving positions, with one or more visual displays assigned to each driving position for depicting content required to drive the vehicle. A selection device identifies a vehicle occupant as a driver, determines a location of the driver within the vehicle, and designates as the active driving position whichever of the alternative driving positions the driver occupies. A processing unit transfers video relevant to vehicle operation to one or more of the displays visible from the active driving position and enables control of the vehicle from the active driving position. The selection device may also check whether the vehicle occupant meets one or more conditions required to be designated as the vehicle driver, and may determine an identity associated with the driver so that the displayed video is customized or personalized in accordance with that identity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Uwe Gussen, Christoph Arndt, Frederic Stefan, Frank Petri
  • Publication number: 20180193923
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an additive manufacturing method. The method includes applying metallic powder in layers to a base surface. The base surface is formed in part by a base plate and in part by at least one insert arranged in a through opening in the base plate. The metallic powder layers are bonded in some region or regions by heating, whereby an object having connecting structures that are connected to the at least one insert is manufactured. After manufacture is finished, each insert is adjusted within a through opening relative to the base plate, thereby separating at least parts of the connecting structures from the insert.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Raphael KOCH, Clemens VERPOORT, Bruno ALVES
  • Publication number: 20180194086
    Abstract: A device and method for smoothing a surface of an article formed at least partially from plastic, in particular a component of a motor vehicle, is provided. The method includes arranging the article in a vacuum-tight chamber, reducing the pressure in the chamber to a partial vacuum of not more than 50 kPa, in particular not more than 34 kPa, and admitting acetone into the chamber. Some of the acetone is vaporized and the vapor is precipitated on the surface of the article. In one form, the precipitated vapor acts on the article for at least 1 minute. The method further includes opening the chamber, so that at least the ambient pressure prevails in the chamber and removing the article from the chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Bruno ALVES
  • Publication number: 20180194065
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an apparatus for removing industrial powder from a shaped body manufactured generatively using the industrial powder. The apparatus includes at least one container for holding the shaped body having a vertically adjustable construction platform, a vibrating screen, a tilting device for tilting the container, and at least one catching unit adjoining a transfer end of the vibrating screen for catching the shaped body. In one form, the vibrating screen, tilting device, and catching unit are arranged within a housing. In another form, the vibrating screen and catching unit are arranged within the housing and the tilting device is at least partially arranged in the housing. At least one opening in the housing is closed in an airtight manner by a glove such that a user can use the glove to grasp the shaped body caught by the catching unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Raphael KOCH, Bruno ALVES
  • Publication number: 20180194289
    Abstract: A vehicle running board includes opposing vertical walls extending along a length of a tubular structure and including a carbon-fiber component. Opposing horizontal walls extend between the opposing vertical walls and include a glass component. The opposing vertical and opposing horizontal walls form the tubular structure having a generally rectilinear cross section. A polymer outer covering extends over the opposing vertical and opposing horizontal walls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Kenneth Dellock, Stuart C. Salter, Michael Musleh, Talat Karmo, David Brian Glickman, Harry Lobo, Joseph Myszka
  • Publication number: 20180194422
    Abstract: A scooter has a load-carrying deck, a steering rod for steering a front wheel, two outriggers arranged on opposite sides to be pivotable between retracted stowed positions and extended support positions. Each outrigger has a wheel mounted movably on the outrigger to move between a stowed position and a ground-contacting support position. The outriggers when in their support position form a wider loading surface than the deck alone. A control arm is attached to the steering rod for movement between a folded/stowed position lying adjacent to the rod and an operating position extending forward from the steering rod. A sensor detects movement of at least a section of the control arm and, in response thereto, provides control inputs to an electric motor driving a rear wheel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: FORD MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Urs Christen
  • Publication number: 20180194110
    Abstract: A plate assembly for a motor vehicle may include a first plate, a second arranged substantially parallel to the first plate, the second plate defining a plurality of perforations, and a mesh core including a plurality of wire bundles, the core arranged between the plates, wherein the mesh core is rigidly joined to an inner surface of each plate via the perforations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Yuri Anatoly Karpenko
  • Publication number: 20180194345
    Abstract: A method is proposed that uses sensors of a mobile terminal device with a vehicle. The method includes deploying a mobile terminal with sensors, deploying a vehicle having positioning facilities for the mobile terminal device in or on the vehicle and a processing unit. The method connects the processing unit to the mobile terminal device, and identifies the mobile terminal device through the processing unit. The processing unit proposes positioning facilities for the mobile terminal device in or on the vehicle, as well as sensors that can be used depending on the mobile terminal device identified through the processing unit. The method also includes processing the transmitted measurements through the processing unit to execute a parking maneuver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Frederic STEFAN, Christoph ARNDT, Uwe GUSSEN
  • Publication number: 20180194317
    Abstract: A seating assembly for use in a vehicle includes a seat back and an airbag. The seat back has a bottom, a top, and a midpoint between the bottom and the top. The airbag is supported by the seat back and is inflatable to an inflated position. In the inflated position the airbag may extend from the top to a location between the midpoint and the bottom and define a cavity with an opening facing the bottom and away from the seat back.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Saeed David Barbat, Mohammed Omar Faruque, S.M. Iskander Farooq, Dean M. Jaradi
  • Publication number: 20180194322
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method and an apparatus to secure a system for passive unlocking of a vehicle system, particularly a vehicle unlocking system, against relay station attacks. The system comprises a vehicle-based device that can send on a first radio frequency and receive on a second radio frequency, and a driver-based device that can receive on the first radio frequency and send on the second radio frequency. The vehicle-based device and/or the driver-based device are also able to receive on a radio frequency that the other device can receive. One of the two devices send at least one ambient noise signal sequence to the other device. The ambient noise signal sequences received by both are compared with one another with cross-correlation. A current situation is deemed safe if the cross-correlation is strong and a phase shift is small.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Holger MUELLER, Andreas SPRINGER, Uwe ZANK
  • Publication number: 20180194383
    Abstract: A motorized shopping trolley has a frame and two wheels which are driven by a drivetrain. A handle for pulling and/or pushing the trolley is provided with a force sensor which detects a force acting on the handle when being pulled or pushed. An inclination sensor detects a slope of the traveling surface and generates a slope signal. A load sensor detects a load weight of the trolley and generates a load signal. A step-detection sensor detects a step in a path of the trolley and generates a corresponding signal. A controller receives all pertinent signal from the sensors and generates a control signal for actuating the drivetrain such that the drivetrain produces a driving force corresponding to the force applied to the handle by a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: FORD MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Uwe Gussen, Christoph Arndt, Frank Petri
  • Publication number: 20180194362
    Abstract: A computer in a vehicle is programmed to operate a vehicle along a predefined course according to predetermined criteria, record an optimal path through the predefined course based on operation of the vehicle according to the predetermined criteria, monitor operation of at least one vehicle control while the vehicle is operated by a human driver along the predefined course, and actuate the at least one vehicle control based on a predetermined deviance from the optimal path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Eric She, Scott J. Lauffer, Ali Abdallah
  • Publication number: 20180194351
    Abstract: A cruise control system controls fuel supplied to an engine of a motor vehicle based in part on whether the vehicle is travelling on a positive gradient, a negative gradient, or a level surface. The system includes a sensor for detecting a position of an accelerator pedal of the vehicle, an inclinometer for detecting a gradient of a surface over which the vehicle is traveling; and an electronic processor operative to set a fuel flow rate. The fuel flow rate is set as a function of the accelerator pedal position detected at an activation time of the cruise control system, and that fuel flow rate is maintained at a constant rate if the vehicle is travelling on a positive gradient or a level surface. The vehicle therefore slows down on the positive gradient rather than maintaining a target speed as with a conventional cruise control system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Volker HAUPTS
  • Patent number: 10017187
    Abstract: A temperature of a vehicle propulsion subsystem is measured. At least two countermeasures are actuated, including actuating a vehicle climate control subsystem and opening at least one vehicle window when the temperature exceeds a first threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Aed M. Dudar
  • Patent number: 10017083
    Abstract: An article of vehicle furniture includes one or more adaptive support elements. Each of the adaptive support elements includes a carbon fiber layer operable between support and configurable conditions and a heating element in thermal communication with the carbon fiber layer. The heating element is configured to heat the carbon fiber layer from the support condition to the configurable condition. Each of the adaptive support elements further includes a thermal barrier layer, wherein the heating element is disposed between the thermal barrier layer and the carbon fiber layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Eunhee Jo, Sam James, Marcus Hoggarth
  • Patent number: 10017073
    Abstract: A vehicle power module assembly is provided. The assembly may include a first frame, a second frame, and power stages. The first frame may define a first pair of coolant cavities. The second frame may define a second pair of coolant cavities in communication with the first pair of cavities to define a serial coolant path. Each of the frames may house one of the power stages disposed between the respective pairs of cavities such that coolant flowing through the cavities is in thermal communication with the power stages. The assembly may further include a pair of endplates, one of which defines a channel to divert coolant from a last of the pair of coolant cavities to the outlet cutouts in substantial registration with one another. Each of the first frame and second frame may further define a pass-through fluidly connecting the pair of coolant cavities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Guangyin Lei, Michael W. Degner, Edward Chan-Jiun Jih
  • Patent number: 10017047
    Abstract: A method is provided for diagnosing an AGS system fault in a hybrid electric vehicle. That method includes validating shutter movement and inferring shutter position based upon stall current of a shutter drive motor and current drawn by an HEV traction motor. A new and improved active grill shutter system for a hybrid electric vehicle is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Aed M. Dudar
  • Patent number: 10017087
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly includes a vehicle desk operably coupled to a rear portion of a seatback. The vehicle desk is movable between at least a stowed position and a use position. A hinge assembly includes a finger-grip rotator knob assembly and a moveable element, such as a working surface or desk. The moveable element is operably coupled to, and rotatable with, the finger-grip rotator knob assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alan George Dry, Marcos Silva Kondrad
  • Patent number: 10017107
    Abstract: A lighting system of a vehicle is provided herein and includes a headlamp, a taillight, and a controller configured to operate the headlamp and the taillight. The controller implements an activation sequence based on a state of a door. The activation sequence includes sequentially activating at least one of the headlamp and the taillight from inboard to outboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Aust, Terrence Joseph Wilson, Stephen Kenneth Helwig, David A. Brown, Max Anton Schumacher
  • Patent number: 10017115
    Abstract: A trailer monitoring system is provided herein. The system includes an imager configured to image a scene rearward of a vehicle and containing a target disposed on a trailer attached to the vehicle. The imager is configured separate the images into a first portion and a second portion. A display is configured to display the first portion of images. A controller is configured to analyze the second portion of images, adjust an image capture setting of the imager based on a status input, and modify each image in the second portion to increase the size of the imaged target relative to the total size of the captured image to determine at least one trailer related information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Erick Michael Lavoie
  • Patent number: 10017080
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly includes a seat having first and second retainers. A seatback includes a lower cross-member extending between the first and second retainers. An aperture is located in the lower cross-member. A single torsion bar extends between the first and second retainers and is operably coupled therewith. The torsion bar includes an intermediate portion having first and second engagement portions, which are insertably engaged with the aperture. First and second linear portions extend between the first retainer and the first engagement portion and the second retainer and the second engagement portion, respectively. First and second distal ends are configured to engage the first and second retainers, respectively, which induces a torsional resistance in the torsion bar when the seatback is displaced from a zero torsion position. The torsion bar is at the zero torsion position when the seatback is displaced rotationally forward from a design position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Alan George Dry
  • Patent number: 10020477
    Abstract: An exemplary assembly includes an enclosure wall of an enclosure that houses at least one battery cell, and a vent of the enclosure wall. The vent is configured to move from a first position to a second position in response to an increase in a pressure within an interior of the enclosure. The vent in the second position provides a passage to discharge battery vent byproducts from the interior. An exemplary battery pack venting method includes moving a vent of an enclosure wall from a first position to a second position in response to an increase in a pressure within an interior of an enclosure having the enclosure wall. The vent in the second position provides a passage to discharge battery vent byproducts from the interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Olivia Lomax, Patrick Daniel Maguire, Stephen Liptak
  • Patent number: 10017099
    Abstract: A tonneau cover is provided. That tonneau cover includes a panel, a first set of folding legs carried on the panel and a second set of folding legs carried on the panel. The first set of folding legs have a first length L1 while the second set of folding legs have a second length L2 where L1>L2. Depending upon which set of folding legs is deployed, the panel may be converted into a table or a bench as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin Yilma, Pattrick Loew
  • Patent number: 10018098
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for a particulate matter sensor positioned downstream of a diesel particulate filter in an exhaust system. In one example, a particulate matter sensor may include a spherical assembly including a hollow rod and a plurality of flow tubes connected to diametrically opposite ends of the assembly, and a sensor element positioned within the assembly, distal to the plurality of flow tubes, thus protecting the sensor element from contaminants and water droplets condensing at or near the plurality of flow tubes. In addition, the support rod may further include a drainage hole to flow larger particulates out the spherical assembly and out into the exhaust passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Xiaogang Zhang
  • Patent number: 10017061
    Abstract: An exemplary electrified vehicle assembly includes a charging system having a luminescent portion. The charging system is configured to electrically couple together a charging station and an electrified vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Juan Lopez, Sriram Jala, John Paul Gibeau, Kevin Layden, Susan Curry
  • Patent number: 10017142
    Abstract: A vehicle includes: an audio system, local sensors including a crash sensor, a fuel pump, and processor(s) configured to: (a) select filter(s) based on a determined audio system state; (b) decontaminate present crash sensor data via the filter(s); (c) determine whether to deactivate the fuel pump based on the decontaminated data. The processor(s) are configured to map prior crash sensor data to prior determined audio system states and select the filter(s) by selecting some of the mapped prior crash sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John W. Jensen, Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, Howard Churchwell, John Vincent Fazio, Lirjon Llusho
  • Patent number: 10016849
    Abstract: A method for welding a weld-on element onto a component is proposed, comprising at least the step that, before the welding process, at least one of the parts being connected is wetted with a wetting agent over the full area and uniformly in layer thickness in a welding region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Dietmar Rotheut, Gerald Kuehn, Theodore John Coon, Jason Carter, Melissa Marie Brutto, David J. Lawrence
  • Patent number: 10018097
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for exhaust flow in an engine system including a split-exhaust manifold for expediting exhaust catalyst light-off and engine warm-up while reducing condensation in the engine system. In one example, a method may include, before exhaust catalyst light-off, flowing all or more exhaust gases, via a first exhaust valve and a first exhaust manifold, to an exhaust catalyst by passing a heat exchanger. Further, after light-off but before engine coolant warms up to a threshold temperature, all or more exhaust may be delivered to the heat exchanger, via a second exhaust valve and a second different manifold, prior to flowing to the exhaust catalyst; and exhaust gas recirculation may not be provided until the coolant reaches the threshold temperature to reduce condensation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Joseph Styles, Gregory Patrick McConville, Karen Evelyn Bevan
  • Patent number: 10017182
    Abstract: Methods and systems for operating a torque converter clutch of an automatic transmission are presented. In one non-limiting example, the torque converter clutch is closed to provide a threshold torque capacity during a vehicle launch. If an engine torque request is less than the threshold torque capacity, the torque converter clutch remains closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ralph Wayne Cunningham, Ross Dykstra Pursifull, Donald J. Lewis
  • Patent number: 10017128
    Abstract: A telescopic load floor for a vehicle cargo area includes at least one load floor panel defined by a plurality of nesting members. A guide rail element guides translation of the plurality of nesting members between an open and a closed configuration. The telescopic load floor may define an arcuate bottom surface when extended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Sergio Irving Castro Mercado, Emmanuel Garcia Ruiz
  • Patent number: 10018144
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining air-fuel error in an engine fueled via direct and port fuel injection. Errors associated with individual fuel injection systems are distinguished from a common error based on trends in the error correction coefficients of the individual fuel injection systems. Adaptive fuel multipliers for each injection system are updated to account for the common error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Adithya Pravarun Re Ranga, Gopichandra Surnilla, Joseph Lyle Thomas, Ethan D. Sanborn, Mark Thomas Linenberg, Kenneth John Behr
  • Patent number: 10019854
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for detecting exhaust gas oxygen sensor degradation due to sealant off-gassing. In one example, a method may include indicating exhaust gas oxygen sensor degradation due to sealant off-gassing responsive to a change in fueling demand without a change in driver-demanded torque after a threshold exhaust temperature has been reached. In response to the indication, a measurement correction may be learned and applied to measurements of the exhaust gas oxygen sensor in order to accurately determine an air-fuel ratio of the exhaust.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael McQuillen, Daniel A. Makled, Richard E. Soltis, Gopichandra Surnilla
  • Patent number: 10018267
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling a vehicle include a manual transmission operated by a controller in communication with shift actuators and programmed to, in response to each controller reset less than a threshold number of resets, control each shift actuator that was not moving at the time of the reset based on respective shift actuator positions stored prior to the reset, and to control the shift actuators to limit available gear ratios in response to the reset exceeding the threshold number of resets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Reynolds Hathaway, Steven Laile Pearce, Steven Craig Meisner, Edward Katynski
  • Patent number: D822546
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Gordon M. Platto, Sean W. Tant, William K. Moore
  • Patent number: D822547
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Gordon M. Platto, Sean W. Tant, William K. Moore
  • Patent number: D822548
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Gordon M. Platto, Sean W. Tant, William K. Moore
  • Patent number: D822549
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Gordon M. Platto, Sean W. Tant, Anthony Meyer
  • Patent number: D822552
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Gordon M. Platto, Sean W. Tant, William K. Moore
  • Patent number: D822554
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Gordon M Platto, Richard Howard, Marc Cammeyer, Damon G DePeyster
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    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Gordon M Platto, Richard Howard, Marc Cammeyer, Damon G DePeyster
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    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Gordon M Platto, Richard Howard, Marc Cammeyer, Damon G DePeyster
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    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Murat Gueler, Thomas Morel, Jonathan Szczupak, George Saridakis, Joel Piaskowski