Ford Patents Granted

Ford patent applications that are pending before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10327969
    Abstract: A mobile transport device is provided which has leg-like mobility fittings and a useful surface. The useful surface is in particular a seat unit of a motor vehicle which can transport a person seated on the seat unit out of a motor vehicle to a destination by means of the leg-like mobility fittings and without any climbing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Marc Galonska
  • Patent number: 10334187
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for adjustable stacked filter arrays for vehicle cameras. An example vehicle includes a camera including a lens, and image sensors. The camera also includes LCD pass filter pixels and optical filter pixels stacked between the lens and the image sensors. The example vehicle also includes a filter controller to identify a first set of the optical filter pixels that form a filter setting and de-energize a first set of the LCD pass filter pixels to expose the first set of the optical filter pixels to form the filter setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Eric L. Reed, Jonathan Diedrich, Adil Nizam Siddiqui
  • Patent number: 10334394
    Abstract: An illustrative system includes a processor configured to receive a boundary defining a geo-fence and a vehicle identifier. The processor is also configured to associate a plurality of existing dedicated short range communication (DSRC) transceivers with the boundary and send the vehicle identifier to each of the associated DSRC transceivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Oliver Lei, Allen R. Murray
  • Patent number: 10328843
    Abstract: A driving assistance system for a vehicle has a longer-distance sensor device for determining longer-distance information between a vehicle and an obstacle, and a shorter-distance sensor device for determining shorter-distance information between the vehicle and the obstacle. A dual-mode light emitting diode (LED module) can selectively emit both visible light and infrared light, and is part of the vehicle's driving-lights system, such as a headlight and/or a reversing light. The LED module emits infrared light when operating as part of the shorter-distance sensor device and an infrared receiver detects the reflected infrared light for distance determination. The longer-distance sensor device uses ultrasonic waves to determine distance information, and when it indicates that the distance has fallen below a threshold distance (below which the longer-distance sensing device is not reliable), a controller activates the shorter-distance sensing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Frederic Stefan, Christoph Arndt, Uwe Gussen
  • Patent number: 10333338
    Abstract: An exemplary charging method includes charging a storage battery of a mule vehicle as a tow vehicle tows the mule vehicle to a stranded vehicle. The storage battery configured to be electrically coupled to a traction battery of an electrified vehicle to charge the traction battery. An exemplary charging assembly includes a mule vehicle. A storage battery of the mule vehicle charges as the mule vehicle is towed to a stranded vehicle. The storage battery is configured to be electrically coupled to a traction battery of the electrified vehicle to charge the traction battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Zenner, Mazen Hammoud, Kevin Layden
  • Patent number: 10330034
    Abstract: A device for predicting an exhaust gas recirculation rate of an internal combustion engine, which comprises an inlet system and at least one exhaust gas recirculation valve, is described. The device comprises a sensor arranged in the inlet system for determining the composition of the gas, a sensor for determining the position of the exhaust gas recirculation valve, and an evaluation apparatus. The evaluation apparatus is configured to determine and output a prediction of the exhaust gas recirculation rate based on a corrected estimate of the exhaust gas recirculation rate, wherein the estimate is based on the position of the exhaust gas recirculation valve and is corrected based on the composition of the gas as determined using the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Alan Brewbaker, Christian Winge Vigild, Daniel Roettger, Michiel J. Van Nieuwstadt
  • Patent number: 10333118
    Abstract: A battery pack according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, an electronics module and an electronics umbrella positioned to channel moisture away from the electronics module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Eid Farha, Hari Addanki, Keith Kearney, Chung-hsing Kuo
  • Patent number: 10328933
    Abstract: A parking assist system for a vehicle is provided that includes a speed limiting controller configured to set a speed limit for the vehicle during a maneuver and an audio sensor configured to sense an ambient sound within the vehicle. The speed limiting controller is configured to reduce the speed limit based on the sensing of the ambient sound within the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Erick Michael Lavoie
  • Patent number: 10328863
    Abstract: A deployable storage system is provided for a truck. That deployable storage system includes a truck bed wall and a storage cabinet that is integrated into the truck bed wall. The storage cabinet is configured to be displaceable between a stowed position held within the truck bed wall and a deployed position extending above the truck bed wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Robert Spahn, Pattrick Loew
  • Patent number: 10330027
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for reducing or avoiding a torque bump resulting from unintended combustion in a deactivated cylinder of a variable displacement engine. In one example, a method includes reducing or avoiding a torque bump associated with an engine of a vehicle while one or more cylinders of the engine are deactivated by reducing a torque output of the engine by an amount substantially equivalent to a torque increase provided to the engine via the unintended combustion event. In this way, undesired torque bumps may be avoided when operating in VDE mode, which may improve customer satisfaction, and which may enable improved fuel economy and engine efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher Glugla
  • Patent number: 10328873
    Abstract: A computer implemented method includes logging vehicle startup information. The method also includes determining, via a computer, if timing commonalities exist between logged vehicle startup information instances. Further, the method includes recommending automatic vehicle startup, based on a threshold number of timing commonalities. The method also includes formulating recommended start times based on logged vehicle startup information instances having timing commonalities. The method additionally includes presenting a schedule including recommended start times to a vehicle user and scheduling automatic vehicle startups upon vehicle user acceptance of the presented schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Petersen, Joseph Paul Rork
  • Patent number: 10328760
    Abstract: A vehicle suspension system having a twist beam axle including a crossbeam and two trailing arms connected thereto. The rear ends of each trailing arm, in the motor vehicle longitudinal direction, having with a wheel mount for fastening a motor vehicle wheel. The front ends of each trailing arm connected via a bearing to the motor vehicle body. Each bearing associated with a MEMS designed as an actuator wherein movements of the bearings and therefore the twist beam axle about the vertical motor vehicle axis can be caused or unfavorable movements of the twist beam axle can be counteracted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christoph Arndt Dr habil, Uwe Gussen
  • Patent number: 10328925
    Abstract: A vehicle is disclosed having a motor and engine selectively coupled to the motor via a clutch. The vehicle includes a controller configured to, in response to a vehicle wheel torque reversal, open the clutch to disconnect the engine from the motor, command the engine to enter a speed control mode, and control a motor output torque through a region surrounding the vehicle wheel torque reversal to reduce torque disturbances in a vehicle driveline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Todd Mccullough, David Crist Gabriel
  • Patent number: 10328772
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for adjusting a ratio of friction to regenerative brake effort and running an electric air conditioning compressor to collect condensed water for water injection into an engine. In one example, a method may include adjusting the air conditioning compressor load of the electric AC system and the ratio of friction to regenerative brake effort based on a water level in a water storage tank of the water injection system. Further, the method may include directing energy from regenerative braking to a battery and/or to the AC compressor in response to the battery state of charge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas G. Leone, Kenneth James Miller
  • Patent number: 10328896
    Abstract: A vehicle theft avoidance system for improving vehicle security is disclosed. The system includes an awareness system configured to detect an unauthorized object near a vehicle, and a control system in communication with the awareness system and configured to automatically issue a warning if the awareness system detects the unauthorized object near the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Pietro Buttolo, Annette Lynn Huebner, Paul Kenneth Dellock
  • Patent number: 10328669
    Abstract: A method is provided for assembling a stack-up including a first workpiece with a clearance hole and a second workpiece. The method comprises adhering an adhesive to a first face of the first workpiece so as to completely cover and close the clearance hole and securing the second workpiece to a second face of the first workpiece with an adhesive. A stack-up and the method of capturing adhesive squeeze-out during a stack-up assembly process are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Garret Sankey Huff, Amanda Kay Freis
  • Patent number: 10328921
    Abstract: A controller can display via an instrument cluster a brake capacity based on a temperature of friction material of at least one brake of a vehicle and a predicted brake fade threshold that is derived from a speed, mass, and current angle of inclination of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John G. Fraser, Andrew Denis Lewandowski, Jason Christopher Matthews, Lawrence Robert Rhein, Jeremy Mateyk
  • Patent number: 10328915
    Abstract: Various methods of detecting or controlling vehicle stability are disclosed. Certain embodiments provide a method for performing hill hold control for a vehicle, a method for detecting a vehicle sliding into loss of control, and/or a method for controlling a vehicle's sliding into loss of control. Methods for detecting sliding into loss of control may include comparing the vehicle's longitudinal velocity gradient with a reference speed computed from wheel speed sensors inputs and/or detecting a lateral velocity of the vehicle and a longitudinal velocity of the vehicle when vehicle sliding is detected. Methods for control may include calculating a vehicle pitch angle from the lateral acceleration, the longitudinal acceleration, the yaw rate, the roll rate, and the pitch rate, calculating a longitudinal velocity gradient from the vehicle pitch angle, and/or calculating a sideslip angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TCHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Jianbo Lu, Leonard K. Johnson, Joseph Carr Meyers
  • Patent number: 10328774
    Abstract: A vane adjustment device in an air register includes a front vane connector pivotably connected to a front vane and a rear vane connector pivotably connected to a rear vane. The front vane connector includes a sliding member substantially perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the front vane and the rear vane connector includes a first joint. The first joint is movably connected to the sliding member to enable a linear movement of the sliding member relative to the first joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Bao Jun Tian
  • Patent number: 10328973
    Abstract: The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for assisting drivers with roadway lane changes. In general, aspects of the invention are used in motorized vehicles to guide a driver to a more efficiently operating lane of a multi-lane roadway. A lane recommendation can be based on sensed and/or communicated aspects of surrounding vehicles (e.g., speed, acceleration, etc.). Lane recommendations can be communicated to a driver with audio and/or visual cues. In one aspect, images of surrounding roadway are augmented with additional data to highlight lanes, lane change locations, other vehicles, etc. Lane recommendations can be revised in (essentially) real-time in response to changing conditions in a roadway environment (e.g., a vehicle in a neighboring lane has changed speed).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Lindsay Chan
  • Patent number: 10328783
    Abstract: A component mount is disclosed having two parallel compressible load paths interposed between first and second attachment members and a coupling mechanism. When a force above a predefined level is predicted to be transferred, the coupling mechanism is engaged so that both of the compressible load paths act in parallel to transfer the force between the first and second attachment members, and when the predicted level of the force to be transferred is below the predefined level, the coupling mechanism is disengaged and the force is transmitted through only the first compressible load path. Therefore the stiffness of the component mount is changed based upon whether a high or a low force has to be transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Mel Coldwell
  • Patent number: 10328977
    Abstract: A vehicle body structure includes a floor panel, a door frame, a cross-member, and a load transmittal bracket. The door frame and the cross-member are fixed relative to the floor panel. The door frame defines a door opening. The load transmittal bracket is disposed between the door opening and the cross-member. The load transmittal bracket includes a second segment welded to a first segment and to the floor panel. During a side impact of the vehicle, the load transmittal bracket transfers impact force from the door frame to the cross-member to dissipate the impact force and reduce deformation of the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Deepak Patel, Robert Schwalm, Stephen W. Siu, Greg B. Zinn, Djamal Eddine Midoun
  • Patent number: 10328814
    Abstract: Example systems and methods to determine electric vehicle range based on environmental factors are disclosed. An example disclosed vehicle includes a battery pack, a HVAC control module, and an electronic control unit that includes a range calculator. The example range calculator determine a base power load, determines an auxiliary power load based on a sun load, an ambient temperature, a cabin temperature, and a temperature setting, and calculates a range of the vehicle based on the base power load, the auxiliary power load and a charge of the battery pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth James Miller, William Paul Perkins, Jimmy Kapadia
  • Patent number: 10329823
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a body and front and rear doors having front and rear powered latches, front and rear anti-pinch sensors, and front and rear electrically-powered door openers. The vehicle further includes a controller that is configured to receive an unlatch signal from unlatch sensors/switches and generate a signal to unlatch the front and rear powered latches and actuate the front and rear door openers after the front and rear powered latches are unlatched. The controller may also be configured to actuate the rear door opener to retain the rear door in an open position when the front pinch sensor detects a hand to thereby prevent pinching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Muhammad Omer Khan, Kosta Papanikolaou, Christopher Matthew Radjewski, H. Paul Tsvi Linden, George Anthony Bernwanger, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10328924
    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 engine system may be installed in a hybrid vehicle, and, in response to a request to restart the engine while the vehicle is being propelled via motor torque only, the engine may be rotated unfueled via the motor torque at less than cranking speed while at least partially opening a valve disposed in a passage coupled between the first exhaust manifold and the intake passage. In another example, in response to the request to restart the engine, all exhaust valves of a second set of exhaust valves coupled to the second exhaust manifold may be deactivated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Norman Ulrey, John D. Russell, Michael Howard Shelby
  • Patent number: 10328978
    Abstract: A rocker including a sill elongated along an axis and a reinforcement disposed in the sill. The reinforcement, in cross-section transverse to the axis, includes an intermediate portion, a first lobe, and a second lobe. The first lobe has a first wall extending from the intermediate portion to a first end. The second lobe has a second wall extending from the intermediate portion to the second end. The first and second ends abut opposite surfaces of the intermediate portion. The first lobe and the second lobe of the reinforcement resist buckling in response to components of the impact force applied to the sill reinforcement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Herbert Yang, Praveenmanickam Renganathan, Shekar Prabhakar Erasala, John Michael McGuckin, Michael Luchtman, Shawn Michael Morgans
  • Patent number: 10328888
    Abstract: A seatbelt assembly includes webbing elongated along a length, a clip slidable along the length of the webbing, an indicator extending along the length of the webbing, and a sensor coupled to the clip and sensitive to the indicator. The seatbelt assembly measures a length of a lap band stretched across an occupant. Safety features may be tailored to the body type of the occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Kevin Michael Pline
  • Patent number: 10329128
    Abstract: A spare wheel assembly winch having a force dependent cable release mechanism is disclosed. In one embodiment, the sheave includes a series of breakaway features that can be torn if the tension on the spare tire cable exceeds the predetermined level, thus allowing the inner, gear-containing portion of the sheave to rotate independently of the outer, cable-holding portion. In another embodiment, the sheave includes a series of breakaway notches formed on the gear teeth of the internal gear. In a further embodiment, a frangible tab extends from torque plate into a depression formed in the cover plate. In yet another embodiment, a tear feature extends from the housing and is situated adjacent the torque plate arm. In an additional embodiment, frangible tabs extend from the body of the sheave into a geared insert. In still another embodiment, a frangible tab extends from a geared insert into the torque plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Clarke, Kyu Yearl Choe
  • Patent number: 10328944
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for diagnosing whether active engine mounts configured to isolate engine vibration from a cabin and chassis of a vehicle are functioning as desired. In one example, a method includes indicating degradation of an active engine mount by inducing degraded combustion events in a preselected engine cylinder, and operating the active engine mount in multiple modes, the indication responsive to an amount of vehicle chassis vibration during each of the modes. By monitoring chassis vibrations as a function of induced degraded combustion events, and further responsive to the active engine mounts being controlled to the multiple modes, it may be indicated as to whether the active engine mounts are functioning as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Aed M. Dudar
  • Patent number: 10329808
    Abstract: An anti-theft lock system for a motor vehicle includes a motor vehicle support surface, a component to be protected from theft and an electromagnetic locking feature securing the component to the motor vehicle support surface. An anti-theft mirror and a method of preventing theft of a frangible component from a motor vehicle are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Virgilio Torres Platas, Pamela Dueñas Marroquín
  • Patent number: 10328988
    Abstract: A scooter is provided. The scooter comprises a frame assembly including a main frame for a user, an extendable frame movably connected to the main frame and configured to be extendable away from the main frame at an interface at which the main frame and the extendable frame meet, and a wheel assembly connected to the frame assembly. The extendable frame forms a cargo space at an extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Eui Shik Bang, James Yu-Hsin Kuo, Chelsia Ka Po Lau, Daniel Tang, Jack Li
  • Patent number: 10328940
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for secure idle for a vehicle generator. An example vehicle includes an outlet external to the vehicle, a power inverter dedicated to supplying AC power to the outlet, and a powertrain control module. The powertrain control module controls the power inverter to supply first power level when a switch is in a first position and a second power level when the switch is in a second position. Additionally, the powertrain control module, after entering a secure mode, controls an engine to remain idling when an ignition switch is off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James Theodore Cikalo, Daniel M. King, Thomas Lee Miller, Kevin Thomas Hille, Micheal Nikiforuk, Scott Alan Watkins
  • Patent number: 10330033
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for exhaust gas heat recovery using a bottoming cycle comprising an exhaust heat exchanger. In one example, a method may include maintaining a target thermal energy input to the heat exchanger by opportunistically flowing exhaust through the heat exchanger after storing a portion of thermal energy from the exhaust in a thermal storage device or prior to flowing exhaust through the heat exchanger, heating the exhaust by drawing thermal energy from the thermal storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Quazi Ehtesham Hussain
  • Patent number: 10330003
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for improving fuel usage while addressing knock by adjusting the use of spark retard and direct injection of a fluid based on engine operating conditions and the composition of the injected fluid. One or more engine parameters, such as EGR, VCT, boost, throttle position, are coordinated with the direct injection to reduce torque and EGR transients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas G. Leone, Gopichandra Surnilla
  • Patent number: 10329977
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for controlling particulate filter temperature during non-combustion conditions. In one example, a method for an engine includes responsive to a particulate filter temperature above a threshold temperature and while operating the engine with deceleration fuel shut-off (DFSO), fully closing a throttle valve configured to regulate flow of intake air to the engine, and responsive to intake manifold pressure dropping below a threshold pressure while the throttle valve is fully closed, adjusting a position of the throttle valve based on the particulate filter temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Norman Ulrey, Emil G. Serban, Michiel J. Van Nieuwstadt
  • Patent number: 10330007
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for the design and manufacture of a crankshaft of a piston internal combustion engine. In one example, a crankshaft comprises a crankshaft throw, the crankshaft throw comprising a crankpin and crank webs. The crank webs are formed asymmetrically in a region of the crankpin with respect to a plane intersecting an axis of rotation of the crankshaft and a center axis of the crankpin, such that the breaking strength of the crankshaft throw is increased at a crankshaft angle of rotation which differs from the top dead center position of a piston to which the crankpin is coupled, and at which the piston exerts a maximum combustion-induced force on the crankpin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Markus Reith
  • Patent number: 10332126
    Abstract: A computer implemented method includes receiving vehicle location information. The method also includes delivering a survey to one or more vehicle occupants, over a vehicle audio system, the survey related to a business having some correlation to the location information. Further, the method includes collecting survey results. Also, the method includes relaying the survey results to a remote server for processing. The method additionally includes providing a digital reward to the one or more occupants participating in the survey.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Yimin Liu, Perry Robinson MacNeille, Joe Phillip Pierucci, Oleg Yurievitch Gusikhin, Erica Klampfl
  • Patent number: 10330172
    Abstract: A hydraulic mount for a vehicle shock absorber includes a first housing portion, a second housing portion, an orifice plate and a diaphragm connected together to define a first chamber and a second chamber in the hydraulic mount. A first resilient member disposed on the orifice plate defines a first sub-chamber in the first chamber and a second resilient member disposed on the orifice plate defines a second sub-chamber in the second chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Todd Allen Brown, Russ Lee Norton, Eric Hongtei Tseng, Vladimir V. Kokotovic, Davor Hrovat, Donald Margolis
  • Patent number: 10330028
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for accurately determining the composition of a knock control fluid using sensors already present in the engine system. An intake or an exhaust oxygen sensor is used to estimate the water and the alcohol content of a knock control fluid that is direct injected into an engine cylinder responsive to an indication of abnormal combustion. A change in the pumping current of the oxygen sensor due to the water content of the knock control fluid is distinguished from a change in the pumping current of the oxygen sensor due to the alcohol content of the knock control fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mohannad Hakeem, Gopichandra Surnilla
  • Patent number: 10330168
    Abstract: A vehicle beam is provided. The vehicle beam may include an outer tube having four outer walls an inner tube having four inner walls inside the outer tube and a first set and a second set of ribs. The first set of ribs may extend from a midpoint of each inner wall to a midpoint of each outer wall. The second set of ribs may extend from a midpoint of each of the first set of ribs to one corner of the outer tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Tau Tyan
  • Patent number: 10330001
    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, in response to flowing the exhaust gas recirculation and blowthrough air from the first exhaust manifold to the intake passage via a first set of exhaust valves, a first set of swirl valves coupled upstream of a first set of intake valves may be adjusted to at least partially block intake air flow to the first set of intake valves. Each engine cylinder may include two intake valves including one of the first set of intake valves and two exhaust valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas G. Leone, Joseph Norman Ulrey, Brad Alan Boyer
  • Patent number: 10329997
    Abstract: Methods and systems for supplying fuel to a diesel engine during a cycle of a cylinder are described. In one example, a cylinder is supplied fuel via two fuel injectors having different fuel flow rates. The two fuel injectors may be arranged opposed to each other or in a way that fuel spray from one injector intersects and collides with fuel spray from the other injector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Eric Matthew Kurtz
  • Patent number: 10330035
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided to determine air-fuel imbalance of cylinders in a variable displacement engine. In one example, the method may include during a cylinder deactivation event, sequentially deactivating each cylinder of a cylinder group including two or more cylinders and estimating a lambda deviation for each cylinder following the sequential deactivation of each cylinder of the cylinder group; and learning an air error for each cylinder based on the estimated lambda deviation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas Raymond Martin, Aed M. Dudar, Robert Roy Jentz, John Eric Rollinger
  • Patent number: 10329966
    Abstract: A variable cam timing system in an engine is provided. The variable cam timing system includes a camshaft receiving rotational input from a crankshaft. The camshaft includes a valve cam rotationally actuating a valve coupled to a cylinder and a null cam actuating a null follower including a null spring exerting a return force on the null cam during interaction between the null cam and the null follower, where the null follower is independent from the cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Rollinger, Jamie Hanshaw, Adam Krach
  • Patent number: 10330040
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for learning fuel injector error for cylinder groups during a deceleration fuel shut-off (DFSO), where all cylinders of an engine are deactivated, sequentially firing each cylinder of a cylinder group, each cylinder fueled via consecutive first and second fuel pulses of differing fuel pulse width from an injector. Based on a lambda deviation between the first and second pulses, a fuel error for the injector and an air-fuel ratio imbalance for each cylinder is learned. Alternatively or additionally, a difference in crankshaft acceleration between the first and second pulses relative to the expected deviation may be used to learn torque error, and adjust fuel injector error and air-ratio imbalance for each cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Gopichandra Surnilla, Imad Hassan Makki, Adithya Pravarun Re Ranga, Hassene Jammoussi, Robert Roy Jentz, Michael Igor Kluzner, Stephen B. Smith
  • Patent number: 10330053
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operating a turbocharged engine are described. In one example, a system comprises a cylinder head having a first and second exhaust duct separately coupled to first and second groups of cylinders, each of the first and second exhaust ducts leading to an exhaust driven turbine mounted inside the cylinder head on a bearing, the bearing located within a bearing housing supported by the cylinder head. In this way, exhaust pulses remain separate up to the turbine mounted inside the cylinder head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Andrew Wade, John Christopher Riegger
  • Patent number: 10330044
    Abstract: A structural frame is provided. The structural frame includes a bottom surface, first and second cylinder block sidewall engaging surfaces, the first and second cylinder block sidewall engaging surfaces positioned above the bottom surface at a height that is above a centerline of a crankshaft support included in a cylinder block when the structural frame is coupled to the cylinder block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher K. Palazzolo, Darren Sipila, Steven Poe, Phil Damian Cierpial, Changsheng Gan
  • Patent number: 10330051
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for conducting tests for undesired evaporative emissions on a vehicle fuel system and evaporative emissions system. In one example, a method may include learning routes commonly traveled by the vehicle, including altitude changes and stop durations, and may further include diagnosing the fuel system and evaporative emissions system based on the learned altitude changes in one example, and may include diagnosing the fuel system and evaporative emissions system based on a learned stop duration in another example. By conducting tests for undesired evaporative emissions as a function of learned travel routes, completion rates for tests for undesired evaporative emissions tests may be increased, and the release of undesired evaporative emissions to atmosphere may be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Aed M. Dudar, Douglas Raymond Martin, Robert Roy Jentz, Kevin Lucka, Mohammad R. Aghili, Donald P. Tinsley, III
  • Patent number: 10330037
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for a particulate matter sensor. In one example, the sensor may include a concave inlet for admitting exhaust gas from an exhaust passage downstream of a particulate filter into the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Xiaogang Zhang
  • Patent number: 10330057
    Abstract: An engine air induction system includes an air box and a hood insulator. The air box has an open top and a perimeter seal extending continuously around the open top. The hood insulator has a body including an air box closeout feature providing a continuous interface with the perimeter seal when a hood assembly incorporating the hood insulator is in a closed position. A related method of sealing an open top on an air box of a motor vehicle is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Neil Lawson Overgaard, Bryn Arthur Davies, Keith Brown, Martin Hagen