Ford Patents

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  • Publication number: 20190016368
    Abstract: A rack-and-pinion steering gear for a motor vehicle allows adjustment of an inclination angle between the rack and pinion at the point of contact therebetween to reduce noise. A yoke is spring-biased against the rack to urge rack into engagement with the pinion. The yoke is supported in a bushing which can be adjusted within and relative to a housing such that the yoke moves in a plane parallel to a longitudinal axis of the rack and to a longitudinal axis of the pinion shaft. The yoke engages the rack to permit steering-type movement of the rack relative to the yoke along the rack longitudinal axis, but movement of the yoke parallel to the pinion shaft longitudinal axis forces the portion of the rack contacting the yoke to move along with the yoke, thereby adjusting the inclination angle between the rack and the pinion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Kianmin DJIE
  • Publication number: 20190017587
    Abstract: The disclosure concerns a rack-and-pinion gear for a motor vehicle. The rack-and-pinion gear includes a pinion shaft and a toothed rack, which are mounted inside a housing. In order to provide a rack-and-pinion gear with precise engagement, which can be produced economically, according to the disclosure it is provided that a position of the pinion shaft in the housing can be adjusted by at least one adjustment element so that a tilt of the pinion shaft relative to the toothed rack can be set.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Kianmin DJIE, Gerhard FRIEDERICH, Alexander EIN WALDT
  • Publication number: 20190016385
    Abstract: The present disclosure concerns a method and device that assists a parking maneuver of a motor vehicle. The method and device to assist a parking maneuver of a motor vehicle, with which the motor vehicle is maneuvered into an intended parking space at least partly, automatically, detects a curb bounded by at least one curb edge located in a vicinity of the motor vehicle. A trajectory is determined along which the motor vehicle can be moved into the intended parking space while carrying out at least one move of the maneuver. The trajectory is modified depending on at least one distance between the at least one curb edge and a tire of the motor vehicle that is expected for the trajectory while carrying out the parking maneuver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Ahmed BENMIMOUN, Nadja WYSIETZKI, Lars KUHNERT, Georg NEUGEBAUER
  • Publication number: 20190016381
    Abstract: The disclosure concerns a tilting vehicle with at least one multi-wheel axle, a vehicle structure and a control unit that is arranged to detect a lateral acceleration acting on the tilting vehicle and actively adjust a tilt angle of the structure of the vehicle about the longitudinal axis thereof In order to optimize adjustment of the tilt angle in a tilting vehicle, the control unit is arranged to adjust the tilt angle so that in a direction of a lateral axis of the structure of the vehicle, a Y component of the lateral acceleration is partially compensated by a Y component of acceleration due to gravity according to a specified compensation proportion. The compensation proportion increases as a function of the lateral acceleration to a global maximum value at a first acceleration, and decreases above the first acceleration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Marc SIMON, Lucian LIPPOK
  • Publication number: 20190016291
    Abstract: Inflatable frontal restraint air cushions, or frontal curtain airbags, are disclosed herein. An occupant impact zone is formed by an opening at an inner area of the frontal restraint air cushion extending from a rearward surface to a forward surface, the opening defining a free end of the occupant impact zone and a fixed end of the occupant impact zone such that the free end is pivotable relative to the fixed end. The occupant impact zone is to deflect forward with impact of the head of the vehicle occupant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Applicants: Autoliv ASP, Inc., FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Donald James Paxton, Frank Herzenstiel, Mangala Ambalangodage Jayasuriya
  • Publication number: 20190016387
    Abstract: A vehicle frame includes two frame rails fixed relative to each other and each having a tubular shape defining an exterior surface and an interior surface, a crush-initiating notch on each exterior surface, and a reinforcement extending along each interior surface and positioned in a vehicle-rearward direction from the notches.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Marwan Ahmad Elbkaily, Tushar B. Kamble, Gururaj Aralikatti, Greg Gombert, Benjamin Mansfield
  • Publication number: 20190016583
    Abstract: Upon a determination to refuel a platoon of vehicles, a respective fuel inlet location is identified for each of the vehicles in the platoon. Based on the fuel inlet locations, a refueling location is selected. The platoon is navigated to the refueling location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Aed M. Dudar, Kenneth James Miller, Thomas G. Leone
  • Publication number: 20190016186
    Abstract: The disclosure concerns a motor vehicle with at least one rear axle having exclusively longitudinal control arms for wheel suspension. In order to create additional installation space in the region of the rear axle and at the same time improve a cornering stability of the motor vehicle, at least one vehicle component is arranged at least partially between wheel carriers of the rear axle, and at least one sliding body or rolling body is arranged on at least one wheel carrier, via which body this wheel carrier is or may be supported on the vehicle component in the vehicle transverse direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Ralf HINTZEN, Paul ZANDBERGEN, Nicole ZANDBERGEN, Thomas GERHARDS
  • Publication number: 20190016306
    Abstract: A sensor cleaning system for a vehicle is disclosed that includes a sensor assembly. The sensor assembly may include a fluid-dispensing nozzle for a vehicle sensor, a housing within a body of a vehicle, and a driving member which can move the nozzle between a stowed position within the housing and a deployed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh Krishnan, Andre Sykula, Segundo Baldovino, Jose Garcia Crespo
  • Publication number: 20190015536
    Abstract: A computing device in a vehicle can be programmed to activate a self-cleaning glass surface by irradiating the self-cleaning glass surface with LED ultraviolet radiation based on a determined energy of external ultraviolet radiation and a schedule. The computing device can activate a self-cleaning glass surface by irradiating the self-cleaning glass surface with LED ultraviolet radiation based on determining an optical state of the self-cleaning glass.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Kenneth Dellock, Stuart C. Salter, Harry Lobo, Venkatesh Krishnan, Pietro Buttolo
  • Publication number: 20190015936
    Abstract: A wire feed control system includes an anti-twist mechanism and a controller programmed to operate the anti-twist mechanism, responsive to a measured degree of twist of a wire on a trajectory between a feed for the wire and a plasma transfer wire arch (PTWA) torch, to maintain the degree of twist within a predetermined range defined by natural rotation introduced to the wire by the PTWA torch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Clifford E. Maki, Antony George Schepak, James Maurice Boileau
  • Publication number: 20190016217
    Abstract: A vehicle computer includes a memory a processor programmed to execute instructions stored in the memory. The instructions include commanding a lighting system controller to flash tail lamps of a host vehicle toward a follow vehicle immediately behind the host vehicle, receiving a response from the follow vehicle, and commanding the host vehicle to autonomously proceed to a loading area upon receipt of the response from the follow vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Pietro Buttolo, Stuart C. Salter, Annette Lynn Huebner, Paul Kenneth Dellock
  • Patent number: 10179583
    Abstract: A current value of a state-of-motion from a second controller can be received by a first controller. The first controller determines a subset of a target value of the state-of-motion to be achieved by a subsystem and transmits a command to a third controller in communication with the subsystem to achieve the subset of the target value of the state-of-motion. The third controller commands the subsystem to approach the subset of the target value of the state-of-motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: John P. Joyce, Darrel Alan Recker
  • Patent number: 10179542
    Abstract: A climate status indicator for a vehicle includes a light guide positioned around a vent perimeter. The climate status indicator additionally includes a light device coupled to at least one vent fin. The light guide and/or the light device are configured to provide a visual indicator of a climate status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Gary D. Mullen, James J. Surman, Wei Xu, Satyanarayana Raju Vemulapati, Manfred Koberstein
  • Patent number: 10179590
    Abstract: A method, including: detecting a distance between a vehicle and an object. The method also includes determining, based on the distance between the vehicle and the object, that a path of travel of the vehicle presents a risk of collision between the vehicle and the object. The method also includes causing at least one of a wheel angle, a vehicle drivetrain, and vehicle braking to be changed to reduce the risk of collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Erick Michael Lavoie
  • Patent number: 10179431
    Abstract: A mold assembly includes a first mold portion defining a cavity having a first wall with an edge and a second mold portion defining a surface positionable at a predetermined distance from the edge. A lifter is positionable within the cavity and is spaced apart from the first wall and the surface, the lifter including a plurality of pins extending toward the first wall and aligned in a first direction generally parallel with the edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Steve Norman Bazinski, Warwick J. Smith
  • Patent number: 10179551
    Abstract: A composite applique assembly for a vehicle interior trim piece includes a flexible receiver element and a flexible insert connected to the flexible receiver element by a sliding joint. An end of the flexible receiver element is fixedly connected to a vehicle door element. An end of the flexible insert opposite to the flexible receiver element end is fixedly connected to a vehicle door element. The flexible receiver element defines an internal channel configured for slidingly receiving the flexible insert therein. The flexible receiver element further defines at least a partial-length slot providing fluid communication with the internal channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Nitesh Chandrakant Jadhav, Bill Moore Sherwood, Mirza Safder Ali Baig, Bhavani Thota, Linh Doan, Tyler Glenn
  • Patent number: 10179582
    Abstract: A vehicle transmission system having a combustion engine, an electric motor and a transmission includes a first clutch operatively connected between the engine and the motor and a one way clutch. The one way clutch is connected in parallel with the first clutch that permits the engine to increase speed with the clutch disengaged until the engine speed matches the motor speed. The engine provides positive torque through the one way clutch to the motor and transmission upon matching the motor speed. The first clutch and the one way clutch may be a hybrid rocker one way clutch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Walter Joseph Ortmann, Daniel Scott Colvin, Bernard D. Nefcy
  • Patent number: 10179433
    Abstract: A method of forming a headrest assembly includes providing a first mold that encloses a first cavity in a closed condition. A support is positioned in the first cavity. A first material is blow molded into the first cavity and around a portion of the support to form a core part. The core part and support are removed from the first mold. A second mold encloses a second cavity in a closed condition. The core part and the support are placed into the second mold in an open condition. A fluid is injected into the core part through the support. The second mold is converted to the closed condition. A second material is injection molded into the second cavity and around the core part to form an outer shell around the core part. A fluid is withdrawn from the core part through the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alan George Dry, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Kevin Wayne Preuss, Johnathan Andrew Line
  • Patent number: 10179612
    Abstract: A plug for a body aperture in a vehicle body includes a base, a locating surface and a lip portion of the base. The base is shaped and sized to completely overlap the aperture. The locating surface is disposed on a first side of the base, extending substantially normal to the base. The locating surface is complementary in shape to the aperture for receipt thereby. The lip portion connects the locating surface with an outer perimeter of the base. A receiving groove is disposed in the lip portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Frank, Maciej Bednarek, James Yoos
  • Patent number: 10179577
    Abstract: A method for controlling an emergency braking system of a motor vehicle having a stability control system when the stability control system is deactivated or placed in a reduced mode. The method includes the step of determining whether the stability control system is in a deactivated or reduced mode and keeping the automatic emergency braking system active even if the stability control system is deactivated or in a reduced mode. The system includes temporarily activating the stability control system if a hazardous situation exists requiring generation of an emergency braking command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stefan Kappes, Florian Schweter, Markus Jung
  • Patent number: 10179495
    Abstract: An adjustment system and method for adjusting a chassis property of a motor vehicle wherein an understeering sensitivity of the motor vehicle is increased upon detecting that a trailer has been coupled to the motor vehicle. A detection unit operates to detect when a trailer is attached or coupled to the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Martin Saeger, Simon Baales, Michael Seemann
  • Patent number: 10179559
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a frame and a bumper pivotally connected to the frame. An actuator is mounted to the frame and coupled to the bumper. The actuator is operable to pivot the bumper relative to the frame between a substantially vertical position and an angled position. A user interface is used to activate the actuator. A vehicle controller is programmed to receive a signal from the user interface, and responsive to receiving the signal, activate the actuator to pivot the bumper. The controller may also issue warnings to the driver when the bumper is in an incorrect position for the current driving conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, Swadad A. Carremm, Clara Bennie
  • Patent number: 10179503
    Abstract: A cover and divider system for a cargo bed of a vehicle includes a plurality of connected cover portions securable over a cargo bed and at least one panel securable to underside of each of the plurality of cover portions in a stored condition and removable from the corresponding one of the plurality of cover portions to partition the cargo bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Kendra White, Pattrick Loew, Eric Rinke, Kyle Ness
  • Patent number: 10179493
    Abstract: A system and method for operating a motor vehicle having an active roll control system and an air suspension system including operating the air suspension system in a normal mode, according to a normal air spring setting. Upon determining a fault or malfunction of the active roll control system operating the air suspension in a fallback mode, according to a fallback air spring setting, wherein the fallback mode is different from the normal mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Martin Saeger, Simon Baales, Michael Seemann
  • Patent number: 10179499
    Abstract: A heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system has a steerable outlet for directing a stream of treated air into a passenger compartment of a vehicle. A thermographic imager is configured to capture thermographic images covering a fixed region within the passenger compartment in which an occupant is potentially located. The HVAC control circuit is configured to a) compress a thermographic image to a temperature map representing pixels of the thermographic image falling within a predetermined temperature range corresponding to the occupant, b) filter the temperature map according to a sliding window to coalesce continuous regions of pixels on average falling within the predetermined temperature range, c) quantify an area for each continuous region, d) locate a centroid of a continuous region having a largest area, and e) aim the steerable outlet toward the centroid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: William Paul Perkins
  • Patent number: 10179531
    Abstract: An adjustable cup holder assembly is provided. That adjustable cup holder assembly includes a support having a guide track and a drag bar. The adjustable cup holder also includes a cup holder having (a) a body including a well, (b) an actuator and (c) a drag. The cup holder may be displaced along the guide track and secured in various positions on the support by engaging the drag bar. A motor vehicle door including a cup holder with an adjustment mechanism for displacing the cup holder along the body of the door between multiple positions is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Huelke, Eric Axel Smitterberg
  • Patent number: 10180120
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for calibrating a vehicle intake humidity sensor positioned in an intake manifold of an engine of the vehicle. In one example, a method is provided, comprising in response to shutdown of the engine, and further responsive to conditions being met for calibrating the intake humidity sensor, requesting a humidity estimate from one or more weather devices, and calibrating the intake humidity sensor based on at least a confidence level in the one or more weather devices. In this way, the intake humidity sensor may be regularly calibrated, under conditions where accurate and robust calibration may be achieved, and where regularly calibrating the intake humidity sensor may improve engine operation and increase fuel economy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael McQuillen, Daniel A. Makled, Gopichandra Surnilla
  • Patent number: 10180114
    Abstract: A method includes spraying a coating on to an engine bore surface, honing the coated surface to create a honed surface region, and cleaning the honed surface region to remove material from the surface pores. The honed surface region includes a plurality of surface pores and upper, middle, and lower regions. Cleaning the honed surface region produces upper, middle, and lower region surface porosities, with the middle region porosity being greater than at least one of the upper and lower porosities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Clifford E. Maki, Larry Dean Elie, James Douglas Ervin, Timothy George Beyer, Hamed Ghaednia, James Maurice Boileau
  • Patent number: 10180372
    Abstract: A portable aeroacoustic wind tunnel includes a modular building structure. The wind tunnel is assembled together on-site at an assembly plant outdoors and on the ground and disassembled into sub-assemblies for transportation. A separate control building includes fan controls, acoustic measurement controls and windows for visual observation. A portable generator provides power to the wind tunnel that is equipped with acoustic dampening features. The modular building structure and control building can be shipped in a cost-effective manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: FORD MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: William Gulker
  • Patent number: 10180186
    Abstract: A transmission and control method are disclosed which ensure proper stroke pressure and minimize torque transients during a shift event. The transmission includes a clutch having a torque capacity based on a fluid pressure, a torque sensor adapted to measure a torque value that varies in relationship to the torque capacity, and a controller. The method includes varying the fluid pressure around a predetermined value, measuring a resulting torque difference with the torque sensor, and adjusting a clutch control parameter if the resulting torque difference is less than a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Michael Pietron, Yuji Fujii, Joseph F. Kucharski, Nicholas Joseph Witte, Stephen Michael Cicala, Bradley Dean Riedle, Diana Yanakiev, Nimrod Kapas, Davorin David Hrovat
  • Patent number: 10179529
    Abstract: A seatback for a vehicle comprises a midline. A first upper seatbelt webbing contact portion is disposed to a first side of the midline. A first seatbelt webbing retaining member is disposed to the first side. The first seatbelt webbing retaining member has a medial end, a lateral end further away from the midline than the medial end, and a middle portion between the medial end and the lateral end. Either the medial end or the lateral end of the first seatbelt webbing retaining member is affixed to the seatback and the other of the medial end or the lateral end is releasably coupled to the seatback. The middle portion is disposed above the first upper seatbelt webbing contact portion forming a gap configured to retain a first webbing section of a seatbelt assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Marcos Silva Kondrad, Ryan Welch, Kevin Mozurkewich, Johnathan Andrew Line
  • Patent number: 10181765
    Abstract: An electric machine for a vehicle may include a stator, a rotor, and a coolant channel assembly. The stator may include a core defining a cavity and windings disposed within and partially protruding out of the cavity. The rotor may be sized for disposal within the cavity adjacent the windings. The coolant channel assembly may include a channel wound about the partially protruding windings such that the channel and windings are in thermal communication with one another. The coolant channel may define a circular or rectangular cross-section. The coolant channel may define fins therein to induce turbulence into coolant flowing therethrough. The coolant channel and the windings may be arranged such that the coolant channel assembly directly contacts the windings. The coolant channel assembly may be wound such that a portion of the coolant channel assembly is partially disposed between the plurality of base portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Prasad Dev Hanumalagutti, Michael W. Degner
  • Patent number: 10180137
    Abstract: A transmission pump is be removed from service and remanufactured into a remanufactured transmission pump. A first gear assembly is removed from the pump. A bore of the pump is machined from a first depth to a greater second depth. A second gear assembly is installed in the machined bore. The second gear assembly has a same horizontal geometry and a greater axial depth than the first gear assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Edwin J. Waterbury
  • Patent number: 10181264
    Abstract: Systems and methods for intersection assistance using dedicated short range communications are disclosed. An example vehicle includes a dedicated short range communication transceiver and an intersection assistor. The example dedicated short range communication transceiver is configured to receive safety messages from other vehicles. The example intersection assistor is configured to, before the vehicle reaches an intersection, determine a likelihood that there will be space for the vehicle on the other side of the intersection, and display a recommendation on whether to proceed through the intersection based on the likelihood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Perry Robinson MacNeille, Brian Bennie, Allen R. Murray, Cynthia M. Neubecker, Omar Makke, Noorulla Mohammed, Oliver Lei
  • Patent number: 10180333
    Abstract: A vehicle computer system includes a processor configured to receive a destination, to output a charging station location for display in response to an estimated SOC being less than a threshold and the location being within a pre-defined distance from a vehicle, and to not automatically output the location otherwise such that as a difference between the SOC and threshold increases, the pre-defined distance increases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Jackson, Raymond C. Siciak
  • Patent number: 10179524
    Abstract: A latch to latch a seatback to a frame of a vehicle comprises: a first seatback attachment portion; a first extended portion connected to the first seatback attachment portion that extends generally rearward from the first seatback attachment portion; a first interface portion connected to the first extended portion at a first bend that extends at an angle downward and forward from the first bend; and a retainer portion connected to the first interface portion at a bend forming a first retaining lip. The latch can further comprise a second seatback attachment portion and a second extended portion connected to the second seatback attachment portion that extends generally rearward from the second seatback attachment portion. The latch can further comprise a second interface portion connected to the second extended portion at a second bend that extends at an angle upward and forward from the second bend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Caye, Glenn Scott
  • Patent number: 10179522
    Abstract: A vehicle seat subassembly includes a first bracket and a second bracket rotatably coupled with the first bracket. First and second pins are welded to the first bracket, and an alignment plate is welded to the second bracket. First and second datum points along the alignment plate are positioned at first and second reference dimensions from the first pin and the second pin, respectively, when the second bracket is in a reference position with respect to the first bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Macit Aktas
  • Patent number: 10179489
    Abstract: A tow-hook assembly may include a vehicle frame and a bumper arranged thereon, and a tow-hook assembly configured to attach to the vehicle bumper and provide a tow-hook. The assembly may include a bracket defining an opening configured to receive the tow-hook, and a brace attached to a backside of the bracket and including a projection extending through the opening to the opposite side of the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: S. M. Iskander Farooq, Srinivasan Sundararajan, Nirmal Muralidharan, Marwan Ahmad Elbkaily
  • Patent number: 10182469
    Abstract: A heating system for a vehicle steering wheel may include a conductive element surrounding at least a portion of the steering wheel, a power supply for the conductive element configured to provide an input voltage, and a transformer between the power supply and the conductive element and configured to receive the input voltage and provide an output voltage higher than the input voltage to the conductive element for heating the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James Robert Chascsa, II, Ishak Zaman
  • Patent number: 10180025
    Abstract: A power optimizer system for power closure panels includes a closure panel power actuator system comprising at least a motor operatively connected to a vehicle closure panel. A controller is configured to determine an optimal electrical current draw for the power actuator system according to one or more inputs relating at least to a vehicle battery status, a vehicle ambient temperature, a vehicle grade, and a vehicle climate control system status. Methods of modeling/optimizing the appropriate electrical current draw for power closure systems operating in varying voltage, temperature, grade, and climate control system conditions relative to a vehicle, or other similar mechanisms are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Greg Alan Conner
  • Publication number: 20190009908
    Abstract: A system includes an unmanned aerial vehicle including a chassis, a tank attached to the chassis, a sprayer fluidly connected to the tank, a heating element attached to the chassis, a fan drawing air over the heating element, and a clamp attached to the chassis; and a computer in communication with the unmanned aerial vehicle and programmed to instruct the clamp to attach to an external sensor of a vehicle, instruct the sprayer to spray water and detergent onto the external sensor, and instruct the fan to blow heated air at the external sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Oswaldo Perez Barrera
  • Publication number: 20190011273
    Abstract: A system includes a route-optimization module configured to calculate an efficient route. The module is also configured to utilize modelled vehicle-efficiency data, reflecting expected performance, for determining route efficiency and project driver-specific efficiency along a proposed route. The module is further configured to utilize efficiency-affecting vehicle state data to determine projected state efficiency-impact. The system also includes a guidance module configured to provide real-time guidance targets including gear selection and vehicle speed and provide real-time feedback to the driver comparing observed vehicle performance to the guidance targets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Andrew POWELL, Owen Fraser WOOD, Jonathan SCOTT
  • Publication number: 20190009776
    Abstract: A headway between a first vehicle and a second vehicle is determined. A predicted time to collision between the first vehicle and the second vehicle is determined. A first mechanism in a wearable device in the first vehicle is actuated when the headway is less than a predetermined threshold. A second mechanism in the first vehicle is actuated when the predicted time to collision is less than a second predetermined threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kwaku O. Prakah-Asante, Basavaraj Tonshal, Yifan Chen, Padma Aiswarya Kolisetty, Hsin-hsiang Yang
  • Publication number: 20190009766
    Abstract: A brake booster is mounted on a forward bulkhead of a motor vehicle having two elements, a first element being securely connected to the brake booster whilst a second element is securely connected to the bulkhead. The two elements are restrained against vertical movement relative to one another by at least one connector which is deformed or fails upon a movement of the brake booster upward relative to the bulkhead. An actuator is movably mounted to the bulkhead below the brake booster and rearward of a gearbox housing such that rearward movement of the gearbox housing during a frontal collision presses against the actuator and moves the actuator upward to apply pressure to the brake booster, the pressure causing the brake booster to move upward relative to the bulkhead.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel MECKENSTOCK, Marius SAWATZKI, Michael SPURLING
  • Publication number: 20190012854
    Abstract: A system including a vehicle control unit configured to detect a vehicle event and a communication unit configured to transmit a notification from the vehicle control unit to a mobile device, the notification including both an identification of the vehicle event and instructions on how to enact a specific driving task to reverse a condition associated with the detected event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Vicki NOONAN, Brian G. RUTTER
  • Publication number: 20190009163
    Abstract: A system includes a support structure that includes a bottom surface and a connector plate pivotably connected to the bottom surface, and a device including a wheel, the device being releaseably connectable to the connector plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: CHRISTOPHER ROBERT WESTFALL, MELVIN ALFREDO DOMINGUEZ, KILIAN VAS, TOBIAS RICKE, UWE WAGNER
  • Patent number: D838218
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Russell Allan Sims, Cary Ochen Diehl
  • Patent number: D838230
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: FORD MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, Saied Nusier, Swadad A. Carremm
  • Patent number: D838231
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, Saied Nusier, Swadad A. Carremm