Aed M. Dudar has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for diagnosing temperature sensors of a vehicle. In one example, a method may include, at a duration after an engine-off event, determining that an intake air temperature measured by an intake air temperature sensor of the vehicle is less than an ambient air temperature measured by an ambient air temperature sensor of the vehicle. In response to the determining, the method may include flowing air from a catalyst across the intake air temperature sensor; and indicating the intake air temperature sensor is functional responsive to the intake air temperature converging to the ambient air temperature during the flowing.
Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for determining whether there is a source of undesired evaporative emissions stemming from a fuel system and/or an evaporative emissions system of a vehicle. In one example, a method includes initiating an evacuation of the fuel system and the evaporative emissions system to conduct an evaporative emissions test diagnostic, in response to a status of a traffic light that the vehicle is approaching. In this way, the fuel system and the evaporative emissions system are evacuated prior to the vehicle coming to a stop, and then a pressure bleed-up portion of the test is conducted while the vehicle is stopped at the traffic light.
Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for using a forced induction system of an engine on-board a vehicle as a source of compressed air to pressurize depressurized objects on-board and external to the vehicle. In one example, a method may include, in response to a pressure of the depressurized object being below a threshold pressure while the engine is off, fluidly coupling a discharge of a forced induction system to the depressurized object, wherein the engine includes the forced induction system, and pressurizing the depressurized object by supplying electrical power to the forced induction system.
Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for pinpointing a source of degradation in a vehicle engine system. In one example, a method includes spinning an engine of a vehicle unfueled in a forward and a reverse direction, in no particular order, and recording a first intake air flow and a second intake air flow, respectively, in an intake of the engine, and where the source of degradation is indicated as a function of both the first air flow and the second air flow. In this way, the degradation of the vehicle engine system may be pinpointed as to being located in the intake manifold, the exhaust system, or the engine.
Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for conducting an evaporative emissions test responsive to an indication of a vehicle remote engine start event. In one example, responsive to an indication of a remote start and further indication that the vehicle is not occupied, intake manifold vacuum is utilized to reduce pressure in the fuel system and evaporative emissions system to a threshold, wherein the fuel system and evaporative emissions system are sealed, and undesired evaporative emissions indicated responsive to a pressure bleed-up rate greater than a threshold. In this way, by applying intake manifold vacuum on the fuel system and evaporative emissions system while the vehicle is stationary and not occupied, engine hesitations resulting from desorption of fuel vapors from a fuel vapor canister are not experienced by the vehicle operator and/or passengers, and noise factors from driving conditions, passenger movement, etc., do not impact the evaporative emissions test.
Abstract: Opportunistic fueling for car hailing autonomous vehicles are disclosed herein. An example method includes evaluating a trip schedule having one or more destinations for a vehicle, calculating a plurality of potential routes based on the trip schedule with fueling options along a proposed path of travel for the vehicle, applying one or more vehicle fueling constraints, selecting an optimized route from the plurality of potential routes for the vehicle using the one or more vehicle fueling constraints, and completing the trip schedule using the optimized route.
Abstract: A system comprises a processor that is programmed to define a plurality of vehicle groups based on vehicle specification data and define a plurality of sub-groups for each of the vehicle groups based on environmental data and sensor data received from each of a plurality of vehicles. The processor is programmed to adjust fuel tank leak detection classifiers for the sub-groups based on ground truth data. The ground truth data include, for each of the plurality of vehicles, a leak detection status and a leak test result.
May 5, 2017
May 21, 2020
Fling Finn TSENG, Imad Hassan MAKKI, Aed M. DUDAR, Medville Jay THROOP, Brian David TILLMAN, Dimitar Petrov FILEV, Robert Roy JENTZ
Abstract: A computer including a processor is programmed to determine that an object including ferrous material is in a charging field of an inductive charger, actuate the inductive charger, and determine a temperature of the object. The processor is further programmed to determine, based on the temperature, whether the inductive charger is operational.
Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for reducing degradation and issues related to noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) for a fuel tank pressure control valve configured to seal a fuel tank from atmosphere. In one example, a method may include depressurizing the fuel tank of a vehicle by duty cycling a tank pressure control valve and routing fuel vapors from the fuel tank to an engine, while controlling a timing of opening and closing events of the tank pressure control valve to coincide with pressure differences across the tank pressure control valve less than a threshold pressure difference in terms of pressure oscillations across the tank pressure control valve. In this way, higher loads and stress on the tank pressure control valve may be avoided, thus reducing degradation and NVH issues.
November 13, 2018
May 14, 2020
Aed M. Dudar, Thomas Leone, Kenneth Miller
Abstract: A vehicle includes an exterior surface, a sensor disposed on the exterior surface, a passenger cabin fixed relative to the exterior surface, a duct receiving airflow from the passenger cabin, and a valve disposed in the duct and movable between a first position directing the airflow to the sensor and a second position directing the airflow outside the vehicle.
January 8, 2018
Date of Patent:
May 12, 2020
Ford Global Technologies, LLC
Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, Aed M. Dudar, Venkatesh Krishnan
Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for diagnostics of a cylinder valve actuation mechanism in a variable displacement engine (VDE). In one example, during an engine-off condition, the engine may be rotated unfueled, via a starter motor, and a reference exhaust air flow may be estimated. One or more deactivatable engine cylinders may then be deactivated and degradation of the cylinder valve actuation mechanism may be indicated based on a difference between the exhaust air flow following the cylinder deactivation and the reference exhaust air flow.
Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for diagnosing a laser ignition system of an engine. In one example, a controller may operate the laser in a sealed cylinder hours after key-off. Then, the cylinder may be unsealed and a change in exhaust temperature may be correlated with laser functionality.
Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for reducing driver dissatisfaction from NVH associated with cylinder deactivation. Audio and video feed is captured from inside a vehicle and analyzed to infer if a vehicle operator is distracted. If yes, then a VDE transition is scheduled to occur during the time when the driver is distracted and unlikely to notice the NVH.
Abstract: Embodiments include a vehicle comprising a mirror assembly attached to a vehicle side and including an air temperature sensor for measuring a first temperature value; a wireless transceiver for receiving a second temperature value from a wireless network; and a processor configured to, upon determining that the first temperature value is greater than the second temperature value, cause the mirror assembly to move to a first position relative to the vehicle side. Another embodiment includes a method of correcting air temperature reading in a vehicle, the method comprising obtaining a first temperature measurement from an air temperature sensor located in a mirror assembly attached to a vehicle side; obtaining a second temperature measurement from a wireless network; and upon determining that the first temperature measurement is greater than the second temperature measurement, causing the mirror assembly to move to a first position relative to the vehicle side.
Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for indicating whether a canister purge valve in a vehicle evaporative emissions control system is degraded. In one example, an air intake system hydrocarbon (AIS HC) trap temperature may be monitored during a refueling event, and responsive to an indication that the AIS HC trap temperature change is greater than a predetermined threshold, it may be indicated that the canister purge valve is degraded. In this way, diagnosis of whether a vehicle canister purge valve is degraded may be indicated without the use of engine manifold vacuum, and may be advantageous for vehicles configured to operate for significant amounts of time without engine operation, or without intake manifold vacuum.
Abstract: In one or more embodiments, during a stopped condition of the vehicle, commanding stiffening and dampening modes of an active engine mount (AEM) system while inducing vehicle vibrations and recording images. In this way, a condition of the AEM system may be indicated based on the recorded images.
Abstract: Systems and methods for diagnosing operation of an internal exhaust gas recirculation system of an internal combustion engine are presented. The system and method may be applied to conventional or hybrid powertrains having a capability to rotate an engine via an electric machine. The internal exhaust gas recirculation system may be diagnosed based on output of a differential pressure sensor.
Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for cleaning one or more valve(s) that regulate an amount of fuel vapor routed to an engine of a vehicle in response to an indication that the one or more valve(s) are exhibiting degraded sealing properties. In one example, a method includes timing opening and closing events of the valve to coincide with higher than a threshold pressure differences across the valve as compared to lower than the threshold pressure differences in terms of pressure oscillations across the valve, the pressure oscillations stemming from an intake of the engine. In this way, the one or more valve(s) may be controlled to open under higher loads and stresses on the valve(s), which may dislodge debris, carbon buildup, etc., thus serving to clean the valve.
November 13, 2018
Date of Patent:
April 7, 2020
Ford Global Technologies, LLC
Aed M. Dudar, Thomas Leone, Kenneth Miller
Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for determining an offset of a pressure sensor that is used for monitoring pressure in a fuel system that is sealed expect for refueling and other diagnostic events. In one example, a method includes waking a controller of a vehicle when it is expected that a pressure in a fuel system that is sealed from atmospheric pressure is at atmospheric pressure, unsealing the fuel system, and indicating an offset of the pressure sensor based on a pressure change after the fuel system is unsealed. In this way, pressure sensor offset may be determined regularly without undesirably loading a fuel vapor storage canister with vapors, which may be particularly advantageous for hybrid vehicles.
Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for determining a source of degradation stemming from a vehicle fuel system during a refueling event. Specifically, in one example a method may include responsive to a refueling lock that enables access to a fuel tank of a fuel system being manually unlocked in order to add fuel to the fuel tank, monitoring a pressure in the fuel system and a fuel level in the fuel tank during refueling the fuel tank, and indicating degradation of the fuel system as a function of both the pressure and the fuel level. In this way, fuel system degradation may be pinpointed during a refueling event that is enabled via manual unlocking of the refueling lock.