Ford Patents

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  • Patent number: 10300748
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for localizing vehicle TPMS sensors. An example vehicle includes a plurality of TPMS sensors, a communication module, and a processor. The processor is configured for receiving, from a mobile device communicatively coupled to the communication module, a localization request comprising a tire location. The processor is also configured for transmitting wakeup requests to the plurality of TPMS sensors. And the processor is further configured for, responsive to determining signal strength values between each of the plurality of TPMS sensors and the mobile device, associating a selected TPMS sensor with the tire location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ali Hassani, Dilip B. Patel, John Robert Van Wiemeersch
  • Patent number: 10301863
    Abstract: A mounting assembly for a vehicle side door motor includes an upper hinge element configured for receiving a side door motor drive shaft and a motor mounting bracket configured to receive the side door motor drive shaft and to allow a radial adjustment of the drive shaft for alignment of an axis of the motor with a side door hinge axis. The upper hinge element may define a clevis including a lower clevis portion having a motor drive shaft mounting aperture dimensioned to allow the radial adjustment feature. The motor mounting bracket includes one or more mounting apertures dimensioned to allow a vehicle fore/aft adjustment and in/out adjustment of the side door motor element. The motor mounting assembly is further configured to allow a vehicle up/down adjustment of the side door motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael M. Azzouz, Larry Dean Elie, John Wayne Jaranson, Jeffrey A. Wallace, Timothy J. Potter, Gerald J. Heath
  • Patent number: 10300777
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a truck bed, tailgate, and cover. The tailgate is rotatably secured to the bed. The tailgate has internal and external panels secured to each other via a sidewall extending therebetween. The external panel defines an outer periphery. The sidewall and internal panel collectively form a first radius extending adjacent and internal to a corner of the periphery. The cover is secured to the tailgate and over the first radius.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jack Marchlewski, Joshua Robert Hemphill, Jeffrey Gray, Robert Reiners, Jeffrey Alan Firzlaff, Casey Ray Tanner, Sara E. Veyo
  • Patent number: 10302031
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for operating an evaporative emissions system in a turbocharged engine. In one example, a method may include pulsing open a canister purge valve responsive to the turbocharged engine entering a boosted mode of operation. The canister purge valve may be opened for a duration long enough to close a check valve coupled between the canister purge valve and an intake of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Aed M. Dudar, Kevin William Plymale, Charlie P. Threadingham, David Martin, Terry Vandenbrink, Mark W. Peters
  • Patent number: 10300918
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a first axle, second axle, first clutch, second clutch, and controller. The first and second axles are coupled by a driveshaft. The first and second clutches are configured to isolate the driveshaft from loads transferred through the first and second axles, respectively, when open. The controller is programmed to, in response to a difference between output speeds of the first and second axles exceeding a first threshold, close the second clutch, reduce the difference such that it is below a second threshold, and close the first clutch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Peter John Grutter, Andreas Evangelos Perakes, Nicholas Edward McCubbin, Paul Moubarak, Dan Fratila
  • Patent number: 10300927
    Abstract: A method for a vehicle control procedure, wherein in the case of this vehicle control procedure a closed loop control of the vehicle velocity is performed on the basis of a predetermined desired value, may comprise the following steps: determining on the basis of at least one predetermined criterion whether in the case of the closed loop control the vehicle velocity leaves a value range that is defined by at least one velocity threshold value while taking into consideration a tolerance range that defines predetermined, permitted deviations from this value range; and implementing a corresponding measure while modifying the vehicle control procedure in dependence upon the result of this determination procedure, wherein the determination procedure is performed on the basis of a signal analysis of at least one measurement signal that describes the movement status of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Frederic Stefan, Erik Alpman, Urs Christen, Rainer Busch
  • Patent number: 10300947
    Abstract: A strengthening member and a vehicle including a strengthening member are provided. The strengthening member can have a cross section including twenty-eight corners and twenty-eight sides creating twenty internal angles and eight external angles, and at least one recessed area extending along a length of the strengthening member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Tau Tyan
  • Patent number: 10300951
    Abstract: A vehicle floor assembly may include a frame and a floor panel attached to the frame via a plurality of mount fasteners, a plurality of string attachments, each welded to the frame and the floor panel to further attach the frame and the floor panel in addition to the mount fasteners and to provide additional resistance to buckling of the floor panel or the frame during a collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Nour-Eddine Fellague
  • Patent number: 10301991
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for diagnosing an electric heater configured to increase a temperature of an exhaust catalyst positioned in an exhaust system of an engine. In one example, a method comprises diagnosing the electric heater by activating the electric heater, routing air flow from the exhaust system to an intake of the engine, and indicating the electric heater is degraded based on a test temperature in the intake being below a threshold temperature. In this way, the electric heater may be diagnosed without inclusion of costly sensors in the exhaust catalyst, and where such diagnosis conducted periodically may reduce release of undesired emissions to atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Aed Dudar
  • Patent number: 10302026
    Abstract: Systems and methods for improving combustion in a highly exhaust gas diluted engine are disclosed. The methods and systems may be provided in an engine that is supplied two different types of fuel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas G. Leone, John D. Russell
  • Patent number: 10302107
    Abstract: An exemplary fastening system includes, among other things, a first component providing a first aperture, a second component providing a second aperture, and a fastener. The fastener has a shaft extending from a head. The shaft extends along an axis through the first aperture and the second aperture to clamp the first component axially between the head and the second component. A compressible sleeve distributed about the shaft is compressed radially by the first component. An exemplary fastening method includes moving a shaft of a fastener along an axis through an first aperture in a first component into a second aperture in a second component, and compressing at least a portion of compressible sleeve radially with the first component. The compressible sleeve is distributed about the shaft. The method further includes clamping the first component between a head of the fastener and the second component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Kevin Joseph Kochanski, Sarah Kathryn Sayuri Kawai, David Robert Shelley
  • Publication number: 20190152359
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat back having a front surface and a rear surface, a panel movable along the rear surface from a stowed position adjacent the rear surface to a deployed position facing the front surface, and an airbag supported on the panel and inflatable toward the front surface to an inflated position in which the airbag contacts the panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Spahn, Benjamin Yilma, Alan George Dry, Johnathan Andrew Line, S.M. Akbar Berry, Jeffrey Charles Paddock
  • Publication number: 20190152367
    Abstract: A collapsible vehicular armrest substrate includes load-bearing strips extending across a gap defined within a support frame. A first tunable element secures the load-bearing strips in a support position on the support frame. A first tension-adjusting portion sets a predetermined first tension limit of the first tunable element. The load-bearing strips disengage from the support position when the first tunable element experiences an actual tension greater than the predetermined first tension limit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mangala A. Jayasuriya, Robert William McCoy, Kenneth S. Laird, Linh Doan
  • Publication number: 20190154429
    Abstract: A method of determining position and orientation of an object using a profilometer. A measurement body has a predetermined polyhedral basic form and a defined spatial relationship with the object. The profilometer captures rectilinear coordinates of at least three measurement points lying on a profile line defined by a profilometer scan-line. Using the coordinates and measurement body geometric values, rotations of the measurement body are calculated about a measurement body z-axis, an intermediate y-axis resulting from the z-axis rotation, and about a profilometer-defined x-axis. Next, three translation displacements of the measurement body relative to the three profilometer-defined axes are calculated using the coordinates, the geometric values of the measurement body, and the above-calculated rotations. The position and an orientation of the object is determined by then applying the defined spatial relationship of the measurement body to the object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Arne Heymer
  • Publication number: 20190152422
    Abstract: An airbag assembly includes a first airbag and a second airbag each inflatable to an inflated position, and a panel. In the inflated position, each of the first and second airbags have a bend, and first and second legs extending from the bend. The panel extends from the first airbag to the second airbag in the inflated position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Zhibing Deng, Joseph Edward Abramczyk, Deepak Patel
  • Publication number: 20190152429
    Abstract: A system includes a vehicle body and a seatbelt assembly attached to the vehicle body. The seatbelt assembly includes a webbing and a tongue slidably engaged with the webbing. A pocket is fixed to the webbing. The pocket and the webbing define a cavity therebetween. A magnet is disposed in the cavity and is engageable with the tongue. The magnet is fixed to the webbing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dean M. Jaradi, Mohammad Omar Faruque, S.M. Iskander Farooq
  • Publication number: 20190152403
    Abstract: A glovebox assembly includes a housing having an aperture for accessing an interior volume. An inner flap is rotationally coupled to the housing and is operable to a securing position within the aperture that at least partially encloses the interior volume. An outer door is rotationally coupled to the housing and selectively operable to an open position to access the interior volume wherein the outer door is operable independently of the inner flap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alan Moran, Glenn Biddinger, Ryan Kosior, Angela Zaetta, Linneya Knight
  • Publication number: 20190152477
    Abstract: An amount and type of precipitation, and a speed of a vehicle is determined. A component in the vehicle is actuated based on the amount and type of precipitation, and the speed of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Annette Lynn Huebner, Pietro Buttolo, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Venkatesh Krishnan
  • Publication number: 20190152150
    Abstract: A part formed by an additive manufacturing process is provided, which consists of three (3) regions: regions of voids with no material; regions of solid material; and regions of non-uniform lattice cells. The regions are spatially distributed throughout the part as a function of load conditions such that the solid material is distributed in regions of first load paths and the lattice cells are distributed in regions of second load paths lower in magnitude than the first load paths. The lattice cells are tailored to the additive manufacturing process constraints and machine resolution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Hongyi Xu, Siddharthan Selvasekar, Ching-Hung Chuang, Ellen Lee
  • Publication number: 20190152819
    Abstract: There is described herein a consortium of micro-organisms comprising, consisting or consisting essentially of Rhizobium spp., Bacillus spp., and Pseudomonas spp.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: FORD MOTOR COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: William POPE, Duane AGER, Timothy GOODALL
  • Publication number: 20190152322
    Abstract: A computer includes a processor; and a memory. The memory stores instructions executable by the processor to determine, based on a measurement performed in a vehicle, that a parameter of a power device is outside of a predetermined range; and actuate components in the vehicle to heat the power device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Petros Taskas, Lihua Chen, Shuitao Yang, Fan Xu, Mohammed Khorshed Alam, Baoming Ge
  • Publication number: 20190156599
    Abstract: A system includes a processor and a memory. The memory stores instructions executable by the processor to, based on a vehicle destination, identify a diagnostic condition and a specified operating pattern of a vehicle component that includes at least one of vehicle propulsion, braking, and steering. The memory stores instructions executable by the processor to operate the vehicle based on the vehicle component and the operating pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Hassene Jammoussi, Pankaj Kumar, Imad Hassan Makki
  • Publication number: 20190154453
    Abstract: A system includes a processor and a memory. The memory stores instructions executable by the processor to identify a vehicle part to replace based on received vehicle data including a diagnostic status, a location, and a first route. The memory stores instructions executable by the processor to determine a vehicle operating pattern based on the identified vehicle part and to generate a second route including a second destination based on the vehicle part, the vehicle operating pattern, the location, and a first destination and an expected time of arrival of the first route. The memory stores instructions executable by the processor to navigate the vehicle based on the determined second route and the vehicle operating pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas G. Leone, Aed M. Dudar, Kenneth J. Miller
  • Publication number: 20190154787
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a system and method of aligning a sensor assembly for a vehicle. The sensor assembly is disposed along a vehicle body and has a sensory face from which a measurement signal is transmitted. The sensor alignment system includes an alignment gauge that measures a datum angle of the sensor assembly, a sensor adjustment tool that adjusts a position of the sensor assembly relative to the vehicle body, and a controller that is in communication with the alignment gauge and the sensor adjustment tool. The controller further operates the sensor adjustment tool to control the datum angle of the sensor assembly to within a tolerance range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Peter Houk, Matthew Miller
  • Publication number: 20190154799
    Abstract: A sensor assembly includes a navigation sensor. The sensor assembly includes a heatsink thermally coupled to the navigation sensor. The sensor assembly includes an air conditioning unit. The sensor assembly includes a duct positioned to direct airflow from the air conditioning unit toward the heatsink.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: David J. Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20190154800
    Abstract: A sensor assembly includes a sensor window, a heatsink including a plurality of fins, and a duct. The heatsink is fixed relative to the sensor window. The duct is positioned to direct airflow between the fins and across the sensor window. The sensor assembly may include a motor and/or a circuit board fixed relative to the sensor window. The heatsink may be directly connected by a thermal conductor to the motor and/or the circuit board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: David J. Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20190155489
    Abstract: A method for controlling a display system of a motor vehicle via a controller is provided. An image is generated on a surface of the motor vehicle, and an object placed on the surface is detected. The image is adjusted such that at least a portion of the image is moved from a first area of the surface in which the object has been detected to a second area of the surface. A display system for a motor vehicle configured to perform the method is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Marcus HOGGARTH, David MINGAY, Pierre BERNUCHON, Harriet DODDS
  • Publication number: 20190152505
    Abstract: A system includes a seat. The system includes a steering assembly including a support shaft and a user interface, the steering assembly movable between a first position and a second position. The steering assembly is disposed in front of the seat in the first position and below the seat in the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Cheri Lyn Hansen, Cynthia M. Neubecker, Brad Alan Ignaczak
  • Patent number: 10293653
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to an obstacle avoidance system with active suspensions. The obstacle avoidance system uses one or more active suspensions to lift or jump one or more corresponding wheels over an obstacle in the vehicle's path to avoid contact with the obstacle when the vehicle cannot practically drive over, steer around, or stop before hitting the obstacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Davor David Hrovat, Hongtei Eric Tseng, Jianbo Lu, Li Xu
  • Patent number: 10293658
    Abstract: A cooling system is provided for a traction battery of an electrified motor vehicle. That cooling system includes a cooling circuit, a refrigerant circuit, a plurality of flow control valves and a control system. That control system includes a controller configured to (a) control operation of the plurality of flow control valves and (b) prioritize cabin cooling over traction battery cooling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Angel Fernando Porras, Timothy Noah Blatchley, Mark G. Smith, Brett Allen Dunn
  • Patent number: 10297807
    Abstract: A battery assembly according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a terminal holder, a terminal at least partially surrounded by the terminal holder, and a bus bar module connectable to the terminal holder. One of the terminal holder and the bus bar module includes at least one locating feature to position the bus bar module in a welding position relative to the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Debbi Callicoat, Brian Utley, Steve Droste, Derek Hartl
  • Patent number: 10293673
    Abstract: A system for providing electric creep in a manual transmission vehicle having an accelerator pedal, a brake pedal, and an engine uses an electric motor configured to provide creep torque to a transmission output shaft when the manual transmission is in neutral, the electric creep mode is activated and the engine is auto-stopped. The system may provide forward or reverse creep torque. The system may cancel the electric creep in response to a vehicle door opening, a driver unbuckling a seatbelt, or depressing the accelerator pedal or the clutch pedal, or shifting the manual transmission out of neutral.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Edward Pedlar, David Hesketh
  • Patent number: 10293679
    Abstract: An air flow optimization device is provided for motor vehicle heat exchangers. The device includes a body having a first air flow opening with an inlet side and an outlet side. A series of fixed vanes are provided across the opening and divide the opening into a plurality of air flow channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Prashant Dubey, Lucas Apandi Phan, Aaron Peter Klop
  • Patent number: 10293703
    Abstract: A method for controlling a voltage source is used to charge a battery of a motor vehicle, wherein the desired voltage value of the voltage source is selected and controlled. The method changes between at least two charging modes at planned time intervals, wherein a first charging mode applies a different desired voltage value for charging the battery than a second charging mode. In particular, the two charging modes are a process of equalization charging the battery and a process of float charging the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Eifert, Eckhard Karden
  • Patent number: 10293737
    Abstract: A vehicle trunk storage system may include a vehicle trunk having a trunk floor defining an opening and a lip extending around the opening, and a cart including a compartment and a wheeled base, wherein the lip is configured to receive a bottom of the compartment of the cart within the trunk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Enrique Granell Peniche, Oscar Rovira Vilchis, Maria Fernanda Pulido Plauchud, Pablo Zetina Gargollo, Saulo Ratzel Sanchez Huipio
  • Patent number: 10293747
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for detecting and mitigating vehicle battery gas emission into the vehicle cabin. An example vehicle includes a battery, a vent tube coupled to the battery for venting gas outside a vehicle cabin, a gas flow sensor for determining a measured flow rate at an end of the vent tube opposite the battery, and a processor. The processor is configured for determining an expected flow rate range based on a battery characteristic, and responsive to determining that the measured flow rate is outside the expected flow rate range, initiating a protective action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jeff Raymond Mohr, Hanyang B. Chen, Michael J. Irby, Gabriel Jim
  • Patent number: 10293862
    Abstract: A side sill assembly for a vehicle includes an inner shell connected to an outer shell and a reinforcement assembly. The reinforcement assembly includes a longitudinally extending tube and a plurality of reinforcement brackets provided at longitudinally spaced locations along the length of the tube. The reinforcement brackets each include a front wall and a back wall connected by an outer side wall. The reinforcement brackets define recesses for receiving the tube that is welded to the front walls and the back walls where the tube contacts an edge of the recesses. The reinforcement brackets may include a top flange on a top edge and a base flange on a bottom edge of each of the front walls and back walls. An inner flange is provided on an inner edge of each of the front walls and back walls that is welded to the inner shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Deepak Patel, Sushil Shastry, Robert Schwalm, Matthew B Makowski
  • Patent number: 10293799
    Abstract: Methods for transitioning a braking system between primary and fallback modes are provided. A method in accordance with the present disclosure may include identifying a failure in the functionality of the primary braking system, and, upon identifying the failure, mitigating an abrupt increase in a pedal travel distance required to brake or otherwise decelerate the vehicle so as to provide smooth transition from a primary braking mode to a fallback braking mode. The mitigating the increase in the pedal travel distance may include initiating a transition to the fallback braking mode, activating at least one of a plurality of transition braking modes, and gradually increasing the pedal travel distance by deactivating at least one of the previously activated transition braking modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Brandon Beauvais
  • Patent number: 10293860
    Abstract: A rocker assembly for a vehicle includes an outer panel and a side sill secured to the outer panel and defining a cavity with the outer panel. The rocker assembly further includes an attachment assembly including a mounting plate secured to the side sill and a mounting guide secured to the mounting plate. The mount guide includes a side rail that extends within the cavity. The rocker assembly further includes an insert pod disposed within the cavity and secured to the attachment assembly. The insert pod includes a plurality of interconnected walls defining a plurality of transversely extending open cells. The insert pod further includes a slot region extending through a side wall and sized to receive a portion of the mounting guide. The insert pod further includes guide channels walls extending from the side wall and defining a guide channel sized to receive the side rail therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Geoffrey John Cooper, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Sagar Ashok Dhond, AmirReza Latif
  • Patent number: 10293810
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an engine having a crankshaft, a transmission having an input, and a torque converter mechanically coupled to the input. The vehicle further includes an electric machine mechanically coupled to the torque converter, a clutch configured to mechanically couple the electric machine and crankshaft, and one or more controllers. The one or more controllers are programmed to, in response to the transmission being in a drive or reverse gear and a speed of the vehicle being less than a predetermined value in an absence of driver demand, control the electric machine to achieve a target speed to cause the torque converter to output torque such that the speed of the vehicle approaches a generally constant speed less than or equal to the predetermined value when the vehicle is on a generally flat grade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Xiaoyong Wang, Mark Steven Yamazaki, Wei Liang, Rajit Johri, Ryan Abraham McGee, Ming Lang Kuang
  • Patent number: 10293868
    Abstract: A hinge assembly for moving a tailgate about a hinge axis. The hinge assembly includes a first hinge part and a second hinge part for mating with the first hinge part. The second hinge part may be moved to a release position for releasing from the first hinge part, and a lock is provided for locking the second hinge part in the release position. A tailgate including the hinge assembly is also disclosed, which may also be provided with a powered raising and lowering capability. A related method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Rafic Jergess, Spencer Monroe Dinkins, III, Adrian Nania
  • Patent number: 10295250
    Abstract: Example apparatus and methods are disclosed for a vehicle-based smart cooler. An example disclosed cooler includes an electric cooling unit, a plurality of sensors, a wireless node, and a cooling control unit. The example wireless node communicatively couples to the vehicle. The example cooling control unit monitors a charge margin of the vehicle and, in response to the charge margin being below a threshold, activates a power management technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Pietro Buttolo, Stuart C. Salter, James J. Surman
  • Patent number: 10293654
    Abstract: A method according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, automatically preconditioning a passenger cabin of an electrified vehicle during a DC fast charging event of a battery assembly if the electrified vehicle is turned OFF.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: William David Treharne, Thomas Scott Gee, Christopher Adam Ochocinski
  • Patent number: 10294882
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for enabling a transfer function of a direct injector and a port injector, each fueling an engine cylinder, to be accurately learned. During selected conditions, the direct injected fuel fraction may be actively changed from a target fraction to one of an upper and lower limit of the direct injector so as to provide a measurable air-fuel ratio error. Fueling errors for the distinct fuel injectors is then learned based on the measured air-fuel ratio error relative to the actively changed fuel fraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ethan D. Sanborn, Mark Thomas Linenberg
  • Patent number: 10293680
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided to reduce the overall weight of a rear differential cooling system of a motor vehicle. The apparatus includes a body panel system. That body panel system includes (a) a rear diffuser, having a front air inlet, (b) an underbody panel, overlying the rear diffuser as well as (c and d) first and second air tunnels formed between the rear diffuser and the underbody panel, and (e) a rear valance, including first and second vent openings for discharging air received from the first air tunnel. A heat exchanger is provided between the air tunnels and the vent openings. A related method for improving weight distribution and reducing overall weight of a rear differential cooling system is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Jeffrey Pfeiffer, Michael Joseph Pugliese, Michael George Aimone, Jr., Andrew Robert Sourk, Fernando Andres Velez Garrett
  • Patent number: 10294874
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for expediting EGR purging in a hybrid vehicle during transient operations, such as tip-out to lower load conditions. In response to decreasing engine torque demand, engine fueling is disabled and a motor is used to spin the engine unfueled until a desired LP-EGR rate is achieved. Alternatively, engine operation is maintained with EGR disabled until the desired LP-EGR rate is achieved, and the excess engine torque generated is stored in a system battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Joseph Styles, Stanley Larue Bower, James Alfred Hilditch, Robert Ralph Iorio, Gopichandra Surnilla
  • Patent number: 10293698
    Abstract: An exemplary aspect of the present disclosure relates to an electrified vehicle including, among other things, a vehicle-mounted battery and a modular battery. The modular battery is selectively removable from the vehicle, and is configured to be charged at a location remote from the vehicle. The vehicle is selectively powered by at least one of the modular battery and the vehicle-mounted battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Zenner, Mazen Hammoud, Steve F. Chorian
  • Patent number: 10295054
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a transmission having a first neutral with a first combination of engaged clutches and a second neutral with a second combination of engaged clutches. The first neutral has more engaged clutches than the second. A controller is programmed to, in response to a request to shift from a drive gear to the first neutral and a clutch of the drive gear being failed-on, shift to the second neutral.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Randall Armstead, Stephen Michael Cicala, Alexander Phillip McDonnell, Dongdong Dee Li, Conor Edward Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10293706
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a refrigerant system having a chiller and a coolant system having a chiller loop and a radiator loop. The chiller loop is arranged to circulate coolant through the chiller, and the radiator loop is arranged to circulate coolant through a battery, a radiator, and a bypass valve connected to a bypass conduit. A controller is configured to, in response to an ambient-air temperature exceeding a battery-coolant temperature, actuate the valve to circulate coolant to the bypass conduit to skip the radiator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Angel Fernando Porras, Timothy Noah Blatchley
  • Patent number: 10296213
    Abstract: An exemplary heatable keypad assembly includes, among other things, a touch-sensitive sensor providing a keypad, and a heating element that includes a conductive polymer-based material and is disposed adjacent the touch-sensitive sensor. An exemplary keypad heating method includes, among other things, holding a heating element having a conductive polymer-based material near a touch-sensitive sensor. The touch-sensitive sensor provides a keypad adjacent a transparent panel of a vehicle. The method further includes activating the conductive polymer-based material to heat an area of the transparent panel adjacent the keypad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Pietro Buttolo, James J. Surman, Cornel Gardner