Ford Patents

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  • Patent number: 10135319
    Abstract: A vehicle electric machine includes a stator having an end face and a yoke region defining a channel. End windings are adjacent to the end face. An annular cover has inner and outer walls defining an annular cavity configured to receive the end windings. The channel opens into the cavity, and a radial distance between the inner and outer walls is less than or equal to a radial length of the end face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Prasad Dev Hanumalagutti, Michael W. Degner, Franco Leonardi, Edward Chan-Jiun Jih
  • Patent number: 10135208
    Abstract: Systems and apparatus are disclosed for a hinged low profile modular electrical power bar of a vehicle. An example disclosed vehicle power bar includes a connector including first and second sockets. The vehicle power bar also includes first and second pins. Additionally, the vehicle power bar includes a first busbar rotatably coupled to the connector via the first pin coupled to a first terminal of the first busbar and inserted into the first socket, and a second busbar rotatably coupled to the connector via the second pin coupled to a second terminal of the second busbar and inserted into the second socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Glenn Richard Reed, Senate Ghanim
  • Patent number: 10135110
    Abstract: A vehicle may include a battery and an antenna assembly mounted on the vehicle. The antenna assembly may be mounted on the roof of the vehicle. The antenna assembly may include a cooling arrangement electrically connected with the battery, a pair of thermally conductive plates, and a semiconductor sandwiched between the plates, electrically connected with the battery, and configured to, in response to a temperature difference between the plates, generate a current for the battery. A photovoltaic generator may be electrically connected with the battery to increase electrical generation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Oliver Lei, Allen R. Murray, David Richard Tengler, Leo James Lanctot, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10134415
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for determining and accounting for distortions to an audio signal due to the geometric properties of the interior cabin of a vehicle. An example vehicle includes a microphone, a seat having a plurality of seat positions, and a processor. The processor is configured to determine a first seat position corresponding to a point in time at which an audio signal is received, determine a cabin impulse response corresponding to the first seat position, and determine a filtered audio signal based on the cabin impulse response and the audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Ranjani Rangarajan, Leah Busch, Joshua Wheeler, Scott Andrew Amman, John Edward Huber
  • Patent number: 10131200
    Abstract: An HVAC unit is provided for treating air in a passenger cabin of a vehicle. An HVAC housing has a recirculation entry section, a fresh entry section, a blower section, and an output section. A blower is mounted to the blower section for driving an airflow from the HVAC housing out through the output section into the passenger cabin. A recirculation opening is provided proximate the recirculation entry section for providing at least a base recirculation flow from the passenger cabin into the HVAC housing whenever the blower drives the airflow. A climate sensor is fluidically coupled within the base recirculation flow for sensing a climate characteristic representative of the air in the passenger cabin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Angelo Patti, Paul B. Hoke, James R. Hurd
  • Patent number: 10135077
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes fuel cell bipolar plates and methods of forming a radical scavenging coating on a bipolar plate. The bipolar plates may include a steel substrate, a middle layer contacting the steel substrate and including a bulk material and a radical scavenging material, and a conductive layer contacting the middle layer. The radical scavenging material may include cerium, such as metallic cerium or a cerium oxide. The conductive layer may include a conductive carbon, such as a diamond-like carbon or coating (DLC). The radical scavenging material may comprise 0.1 wt % to 30 wt % of the middle layer. The middle layer may be deposited using PVD, and the radical scavenging material may be doped into the middle layer, for example, by co-sputtering it with the bulk material of the middle layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Shinichi Hirano, Mark Stephen Ricketts, Kerrie K. Gath, Jun Yang, Chunchuan Xu
  • Patent number: 10134261
    Abstract: A vehicle comprising includes lights and a controller. The controller, responsive to reception of signals indicative of an opening and closing of a door of the vehicle, the vehicle being within boundaries of a predetermined locale, and an item being within the vehicle, blinks the lights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Nolan, Ryan Jones, Marcellus Benedict Diederich, II, Adam Weiss
  • Patent number: 10131204
    Abstract: A system may receive historical climate control selections by a user and environmental conditions across a plurality of climate-controlled contexts; identify a correlation of temperature settings in a first of the climate-controlled contexts to temperature settings in a second of the climate-controlled contexts for an environmental condition; and update a user profile of the user according to the correlation. The system may also identify an upcoming user transition from a first climate-controlled context to a second climate-controlled context; and precondition the second context in accordance with the correlation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Sudipto Aich, Jamel Seagraves, Casey Bryan Feldman, Yonathan Aklilu Redda
  • Patent number: 10132876
    Abstract: An exemplary assembly for testing a wireless charge transmit system includes a portable tester that is configured to mimic a vehicle mounted charge receive system and to wirelessly interface with a wireless charge transmit system. An exemplary method of testing a wireless charge transmit station for an electrified vehicle includes positioning a portable tester relative to the wireless charge transmit station, and using the portable tester to mimic an electrified vehicle interfacing with the wireless charge transmit station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher W. Bell, John Paul Gibeau, James A. Lathrop
  • Patent number: 10134206
    Abstract: A system includes a smart-phone processor configured to receive a video recording feed from a camera. The processor is also configured to receive a vehicle data feed from a vehicle connected to the processor. The processor is further configured to convert the vehicle data feed into images. The processor is additionally configured to add the images to the video recording feed in real-time and save a combined feed including the video and images resulting from the adding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Tracy, John Michael Fischer, David Schwanky, Harold Bernard Samuels, Fengming Yang, Waleed Johnson
  • Patent number: 10131211
    Abstract: An exemplary contaminant reducing assembly includes, among other things, an aerodynamic wing positioned directly in front of a windshield relative to a direction of flow over the windshield. The aerodynamic wing is configured to influence the flow of air over the windshield. The aerodynamic wing, in some examples, can move back and forth between a retracted position and a deployed position to influence the flow. In some examples, the windshield is coated with a hydrophobic coating, which can further facilitate contaminant reduction. An exemplary contaminant reducing method includes, among other things, influence a flow of air over a windshield using an aerodynamic wing positioned directly in front of the windshield relative to a direction of the flow. The method, in some examples, can include moving the aerodynamic wing from a retracted position to a deployed position to influence the flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Miguel Angel Leon Guerrero, Virginia Ortega Conde
  • Patent number: 10131184
    Abstract: In one or more embodiments, a resonator device includes a first chamber including a first leg portion extending in a longitudinal direction and a first shoulder extending in a transverse direction, and a second chamber positioned next to the first chamber at least partially along the longitudinal direction. The second chamber may include a second shoulder portion positioned next to the first leg portion and a second leg portion positioned next to the first shoulder portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies,LLC
    Inventors: James Mohan, Christopher Pierce, David Scott Rohweder
  • Patent number: 10131205
    Abstract: A climate control system having a coolant subsystem, a heat pump subsystem, and an intermediate heat exchanger. The intermediate heat exchanger may transfer thermal energy from the heat pump subsystem to the coolant to increase the temperature of the coolant when the climate control system is in a heating mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mark G. Smith, James George Gebbie, Franco Ragazzi, Clay Wesley Maranville
  • Patent number: 10131193
    Abstract: A tow hook assembly includes a bracket and a tow loop carried on the bracket. The bracket includes a guide track. The tow loop is displaceable along the guide track between a retracted position and a deployed position. A method of deploying a tow loop is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Jay Robert Degenkolb
  • Patent number: 10131237
    Abstract: A wireless vehicle charging system is provided herein. The charging system includes a charging station having a power source and a charging station interface operably coupled to a primary coil assembly. The primary coil assembly includes a primary coil therein for generating a magnetic field. An illumination system is disposed within the primary coil assembly and includes a passive illumination system and an active illumination system. A first photoluminescent structure is disposed within the passive illumination system and is configured to luminesce in response to excitation by an incident light. A second photoluminescent structure is disposed within the active illumination system and is configured to luminesce in response to excitation by a light source. A vehicle having a secondary coil assembly thereon is operably coupled with a rectifier and is configured to transmit electrical current from the secondary coil assembly to a battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Harry Lobo, James A. Lathrop, Terry Padgett, Sriram Jala
  • Patent number: 10131272
    Abstract: A warning light system that is provided for a motor vehicle includes a warning light assembly and a heating element carried on a windshield of the motor vehicle, vehicle forward of the warning light assembly. The heating element is dedicated to providing a clear sight path to the warning light and thereby increasing its effectiveness. A related method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Steven Ban, Jr., Matthew Cramer Mullen
  • Patent number: 10132460
    Abstract: An exemplary vehicle lighting assembly includes, among other things, a lens, a light source, a phosphor layer, and a reflective layer that is separate from the lens and is disposed between the phosphor layer and the light source. An exemplary vehicle lighting method includes, among other things, activating a light source to charge a phosphor layer, and reflecting light from the phosphor layer through a lens using a reflective layer between the phosphor layer and the light source. The reflective layer is separate from the lens. The lens includes geometric features that reflect light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Aaron Bradley Johnson, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Stephen Kenneth Helwig
  • Patent number: 10131245
    Abstract: An electrified vehicle has a battery pack comprising series-connected battery units providing a main voltage. To supply a lower voltage bus equally from all battery units, a plurality of DC/DC converters are powered by respective units and have their outputs in parallel. A central module has an outer loop controller generating a target current to regulate the bus voltage to a predetermined voltage and has an allocator distributing the target current into a plurality of allocated current commands according to respective states of charge of the battery units. A plurality of local controllers each adjusts a current of a respective DC/DC converter. Each local controller receives a respective allocated current command as a respective feedforward control variable. Each local controller uses an error between the bus voltage and the predetermined voltage to be integrated as a respective feedback control variable only when the error is above a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Hand, III, Richard Dyche Anderson
  • Patent number: 10131286
    Abstract: A roof rack system includes a guideway and a first cross bar displaceable along that guideway. Further, the roof rack system includes a first drive module for displacing the first cross bar along the guideway. A related method of adjusting a roof rack system is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alvaro Jimenez Hernandez, Oswaldo Perez Barrera
  • Patent number: 10131263
    Abstract: A folding console is provided. That folding console includes a support, a panel connected by a first pivot to the support and a flap connected by a second pivot to the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Annette Lynn Huebner, Kristin Ann Hellman, Ryan Patrick Welch, Matthew B. Rutman
  • Patent number: 10131321
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for a system for keyless entry. An example vehicle includes a valet dongle, a dock configured to connect to the valet dongle; and a valet manager. The valet manager enables the valet dongle to authorize keyless entry and keyless ignition when (a) the valet dongle is removed from the dock while an ignition of the vehicle is on and (b) an authorized passcode is provided via an infotainment head unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Salman Ahsan, Vivekanandh Elangovan, Kevin Thomas Hille, Gregory William Farrey, Thomas Kasper
  • Patent number: 10131284
    Abstract: The present invention provides an object holding device used in a vehicle seat. The object holding device comprises an object holder coupled to an extendable device via a deployment rod and is extended and retracted in and out a map pocket of the vehicle seat. An extendable rod of the extendable device is pivotably connected with the deployment rod and lockable with the deployment rod. At a first position where the deployment rod forms a first angle with the extendable rod, the object holder is changeable at a slanted position and a leveled position to hold an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Connie Kang, Zhenwei Cai, Stella Zhang
  • Patent number: 10131273
    Abstract: A lighting module for a motor vehicle includes a carrier, such as a single printed circuit board, and a plurality of light sources configured to perform various functions selected from a group including door lock status, turn signal indication, blind spot warning indication and door latch handle illumination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Thomas F. Boettger
  • Patent number: 10132235
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for operating a split exhaust engine system that provides blowthrough air and exhaust gas recirculation to an intake passage via a first exhaust manifold and exhaust gas to an exhaust passage via a second exhaust manifold. In one example, the split exhaust engine system may include a first set of exhaust valves fluidly coupled to the exhaust passage, upstream of a turbocharger turbine, a first emission control device (ECD), and a second ECD disposed within the exhaust passage, the second ECD positioned downstream of the first ECD. The system may further include a second set of exhaust valves fluidly coupled to the intake passage and the exhaust passage, between the first ECD and the second ECD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Norman Ulrey, Daniel Paul Madison, Brad Alan Boyer
  • Patent number: 10131325
    Abstract: A wiper assembly for a window of a vehicle and a method of cleaning a window are provided. The wiper assembly includes a wiper blade having a fluid extraction opening, a fluid discharge outlet remote from the wiper blade and a fluid tight conduit connecting the fluid extraction opening to the fluid discharge outlet. The wiper assembly may further include a suction pump configured to draw air and water into the fluid extraction opening and through the fluid tight conduit of the wiper assembly, thereby reducing the amount of water left of the window following wiping and improving visibility for the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: William Gerald Barr
  • Patent number: 10131282
    Abstract: A cargo assist apparatus is provided for a motor vehicle. That cargo assist apparatus includes a panel and a translating and pivoting connector whereby the panel is displaced between a stowed position below an upper face of the seat bottom, a first deployed position projecting above the upper face and a second deployed position projecting forward from the upper face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Annette Lynn Huebner, Kristin Ann Hellman, Artur Stanislavovich Sakarian, Christian John Hosbach'
  • Patent number: 10131384
    Abstract: An apparatus is for extending a vehicle bed. A tailgate is provided for lowering to provide a tailgate opening for providing access to the vehicle bed. The tailgate includes a retractable member adapted for extending vertically from the tailgate when lowered. A retractable webbing is provided for associating with the retractable member and adapted for moving to a deployed position to at least partially span the tailgate opening in a lowered condition. A ladder for use in climbing into the vehicle bed may form the retractable member, or may be provided in addition to it. Plural webbings may also be provided for spanning multiple retractable members associated with the tailgate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Travis Justin Raines, Pattrick Loew
  • Patent number: 10131301
    Abstract: An energy absorber is disclosed that includes a container that receives a plurality of tubular segments and at least one spacer. The container includes one side that is adapted to receive an impact from a first direction. The tubular segments are assembled into the container in a parallel array with a cylindrical axis-C of the segments oriented perpendicular to the first direction. The spacer is placed in the container with the tubular segments being arranged to be displaced within the container so that they compress the spacer when the impact force is received on the one side. The method of making the energy absorber comprises assembling the plurality of tubular segments having in a container and assembling at least one spacer inside the container to hold the tubular segments in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY, LLC
    Inventors: Mohammed Omar Faruque, James Chih Cheng
  • Patent number: 10131342
    Abstract: A hybrid powertrain includes an engine having a crankshaft and a throttle body, and an electric machine having a rotor selectively coupled to the crankshaft via a disconnect clutch. A transmission of the powertrain includes a torque converter having an impeller fixed to the rotor, a turbine disposed on an input shaft of the transmission, and a bypass clutch configured to selectively transmit torque from the impeller to the turbine. A vehicle controller is programmed to, in response to the bypass clutch being open or slipping and the disconnect clutch being closed, command a throttle position of the throttle body based on an error between measured and estimated speeds of the impeller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Meyer, Rajit Johri
  • Patent number: 10131295
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for securing wiring to a grommet with embedded lubricant by employing a series of pressure rings both on the interior and exterior of the grommet opening. In exemplary implementation, a tie strap is tightened around the wiring and then forced into the grommet opening before a second tie strap is tightened around both the wiring and grommet opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mohammed Michael Baydoun, Hassan Haidar
  • Patent number: 10132267
    Abstract: Engine blocks and methods of forming engine blocks are disclosed. The engine block may include a cast aluminum body and a plurality of cast-in liners. Each cast-in liner may include (a) an outer layer of 2xxx-series aluminum molecularly bonded to the cast aluminum body and (b) an inner layer directly contacting the outer layer and forming at least a portion of an engine bore. The inner layer may be a wear-resistant coating, such as a steel coating. The method may include extruding an elongated 2xxx-series aluminum extrusion having an inner cavity bounded by an inner surface and applying a wear-resistant coating to the inner surface. The extrusion may be sectioned into a plurality of cylinder liners and the cylinder liners may be into an aluminum engine block such that each cast-in liner forms at least a portion of an inner surface of an engine bore in the engine block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Antony George Schepak, Clifford E. Maki, Mathew Leonard Hintzen
  • Patent number: 10131357
    Abstract: A vehicle powertrain includes an engine and a transmission, each controlled by controllers that communicate with one another. When the vehicle is coasting in certain gears, a one-way clutch over-runs. When the driver depresses the accelerator pedal (tips in), the transmission controller adjusts a transmission torque demand limit which is communicated to the engine controller. In response, the engine controller adjusts the engine torque, resulting in a smooth re-engagement of the one-way clutch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kurt Howard Nickerson, Bradley Dean Riedle, Kendrick Morrison, Jianping Zhang, Cory Benson LaRoche
  • Patent number: 10132404
    Abstract: A transmission includes a simple planetary gear set and several clutches. A first clutch selectively couples the carrier of the planetary gear set to a first shell. The housing of the first clutch is integrated with the planetary carrier. A piston return spring extends axially to occupy space between the planet gears. A second and third clutch share a common housing that is fixedly coupled to the ring gear. The second clutch selectively couples the ring gear to the sun gear. The third clutch selectively couples the ring gear to a second shell. The planetary gear set is axially located between the two clutch housings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Daniel Goleski, Jeffrey Edward Maurer, Steven Gerald Thomas
  • Patent number: 10131320
    Abstract: Embodiments include a vehicle comprising a plurality of wheels, each wheel including a pressure sensor and a wireless transceiver; a central transceiver configured to obtain tire pressure and signal strength information from each of the wireless transceivers; and a processor communicatively coupled to the central transceiver and configured to detect removal of one of the wheels based on the signal strength information obtained from the wireless transceiver included in the removed wheel. Other embodiments include a method comprising obtaining tire pressure and signal strength information from each of a plurality of wireless transceivers respectively coupled to a plurality of wheels included in a vehicle; and detecting, using one or more processors, removal of one of the wheels from the vehicle based on the signal strength information obtained from the wireless transceiver included in the removed wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John William Schmotzer, Harminder Sandhu
  • Patent number: 10132403
    Abstract: A transmission oil cooler transfers heat between Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) and engine coolant. During initial vehicle warm-up, heat is transferred from the engine coolant to the ATF, assisting the transmission warm-up. A priority valve may limit the flow of coolant to the transmission oil cooler until the coolant temperature is sufficient to ensure adequate cabin heating performance. After both the engine and transmission have reached normal operating temperatures, heat is transferred from the ATF to the engine coolant. An auxiliary radiator pre-cools the engine coolant before it enters transmission oil cooler. This increases the cooling of the ATF and avoids coolant temperature increase during aggressive maneuvers. When the ATF temperature is below a threshold, a coolant control valve diverts coolant around the auxiliary radiator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James Thomas Gooden, Michael Joseph Giunta
  • Patent number: 10131344
    Abstract: A hybrid vehicle and method for reducing fuel consumption include upper and lower engine speed limits set based upon whether the state of charge of a battery electrically connected to an electric machine, which may be implemented by an integrated starter-generator is sufficiently high to permit the electric machine to provide a temporary torque boost to an engine of the motor vehicle. If the state of charge of the battery is sufficiently high to permit temporary torque boosting, then the upper and lower engine speed limits are reduced from baseline upper and lower limits to adjusted upper and lower limits to reduce fuel consumption of the engine without adversely affecting NVH.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Anthemios Philemon Petridis, Nicholas Dashwood Crisp, Khizer Tufail
  • Patent number: 10131354
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an engine. The vehicle includes a controller configured to start a timer having a duration defined by a charge limit of a traction battery and during which the engine braking is maintained and reduce a predetermined rate of change speed limit of the engine is reduced. The starting of the timer is responsive to application of an accelerator pedal during engine braking. The controller is further configured to increase the predetermined rate of change speed limit such that engine braking is predicted based on the limit of the battery, responsive to application of an accelerator pedal during engine braking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Carol Louise Okubo, Kent Hancock, Jacob Doan, Bryan Whitney D. Belt
  • Patent number: 10131383
    Abstract: Reinforced textile wheel arch liners including a reinforced textile wheel arch liner comprised of a base layer and a reinforcing layer. The base layer and reinforcing layers are comprised at least partially of a thermoformable textile material and disposed upon and bonded to at least part of the base layer. In some examples, the base layer and reinforcing layer are formed separately. In some further examples, the reinforcing layer can be formed as part of the base layer in a single die that would otherwise be off-cut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Job, Daniel Dawson
  • Patent number: 10131373
    Abstract: A utility cart system for a motor vehicle includes a support frame, a base, a folding wall assembly and a folding leg assembly. A method of transporting goods to and from a motor vehicle utilizing a utility cart system is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kyle David Ness, Eric Joseph Hausman
  • Patent number: 10131363
    Abstract: A vehicle includes: a motor, sensors, steering, a suspension, a terrain mode switch, processor(s) configured to: implement a selected terrain mode by tuning at least one of the motor, steering, and suspension; record selected terrain modes; compute a confidence factor based on the recorded selections; determine a road condition based on the sensors; display guidance based on the confidence factor and the road condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Mark Schaffer, Kenneth James Miller
  • Patent number: 10132401
    Abstract: A thermostatic bypass valve has an intentional flow resistance through a bypass passageway when fluid is at a normal operating temperature. This flow resistance, of between 10 and 20 psi at a flow rate of 10 liters per minute, is achieved by limiting a radial clearance within the bypass passageway to less than 1.0 mm. The flow rate through the bypass passageway is at least half of the flow resistance of the cooler. This bypass flow resistance is beneficial because it limits the flow rate of lubrication fluid during bypass, reducing the parasitic losses of the gearbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: James Thomas Gooden
  • Patent number: 10132407
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a gear shifter operable to shift a manual transmission. An actuator is connected to the shifter and actuatable to bias the shifter to at least a first or second neutral position. The vehicle further includes a controller configured to bias the shifter, via the actuator, to one of the neutral positions based on a speed of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas Ma
  • Patent number: 10132111
    Abstract: A bump stop assembly is provided for an access door. The assembly comprises a bump stop configured to couple to the access door or a door frame and a door closure gauge movably coupled to the bump stop. A closure pad couples the bump top to one of the door frame or the access door. The closure pad engages the other side of the access door and door frame when the door is closed. The thickness of a selected closure pad is determined based upon the extent that the door closure gauge protrudes relative to the bump stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Swann, Brian Westgarth
  • Patent number: 10132400
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a vehicle powertrain includes an engine having a first locking feature defining first mating surfaces, and a differential coupled to a transfer case via a driveshaft. The differential includes a second locking feature defining second mating surfaces. The first and second locking features are engaged such that the first and second mating surfaces are disposed against each other connecting the engine and the differential. A fastener is disposed within the engine and the differential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Darren Sipila, Mathew Leonard Hintzen, Charles Raymond Kvasnicka, Charles Krysztof, David Krenk, Marc Thomas Wilkins
  • Publication number: 20180326871
    Abstract: A motor vehicle having a motor vehicle seating arrangement mounted on a floor of the motor vehicle is disclosed in which a utility item in such as a central seat is supported by two spaced apart outer seats so that no floor engaging support is required for the central seat. Advantageously, the central seat is slidingly supported by the pair of outer seats so as to permit one of the outer seats to be slid forward to improve access to a row of seats mounted to the rear of the motor vehicle seating arrangement without moving the central seat or the other outer seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel T. Jackson, Ken George Dell
  • Publication number: 20180326872
    Abstract: A fastening device comprising a cam lock is received within a first orifice of a first component and a threaded fastener extending through a central axial cavity provided in the cam lock is received within a second orifice of a second component. A cam surface on the cam lock induces a clamping load between the first and the second components normal to the axial cavity when rotated from a first to a second rotational position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: DANIEL JAY OSTERHOFF
  • Publication number: 20180326814
    Abstract: Data about a skin response characteristic are collected from a vehicle occupant. A target cabin temperature is determined based on the skin data. A climate control system is adjusted based on the target cabin temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kwaku O. Prakah-Asante, Basavaraj Tonshal, Yifan Chen, Padma Aiswarya Kolisetty, Hsin-hsiang Yang, Gary Steven Strumolo
  • Publication number: 20180326943
    Abstract: An energy absorbing seat belt retractor used with a seat belt assembly of a motor vehicle. The seat belt retractor includes a reel for winding and unwinding the seat belt and an elongated shaft, with the reel attached to the shaft. In one example, a movable disc is connected to and moves longitudinally along the shaft. At least one of the reel or movable disc includes a friction layer providing a friction surface such that when the movable disc is driven axially toward the reel there is frictional engagement between the reel and movable disc that absorbs impact energy on the occupant and limits the load applied to the seat belt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen William Rouhana
  • Publication number: 20180326940
    Abstract: A restraint system includes a housing, a spool rotatably coupled to the housing, a pinion fixed to the spool, a rack engaged with the pinion, and a piston attached to the rack and the housing. The piston is filled with a resilient material. The resilient material may be a heterogeneous mixture of a liquid and hydrophobic, nanoporous particles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mohammad Omar Faruque, Dean M. Jaradi, Saeed David Barbat, James Chih Cheng, Robert William McCoy, Mohamed Ridha Baccouche
  • Publication number: 20180329036
    Abstract: A mirror assembly is coupled to a vehicle and includes a light detection and ranging (LIDAR) sensor, a mirror, and a metallized cover. A conductive mirror base is coupled to the LIDAR sensor, mirror, and metallized cover to form the mirror assembly. The mirror and metallized cover are each grounded to the conductive mirror base where the mirror and metallized cover each help to shield the LIDAR sensor from electromagnetic interference.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Annette Lynn Huebner, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Stuart C. Salter, Kristin Ann Hellman, Pietro Buttolo