Patents by Inventor Kurt Mitts

Kurt Mitts 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).

  • Patent number: 9174575
    Abstract: A driver prompting braking system includes a detection device adapted to sense at least one object in front of the vehicle; a detection system interfacing with the detection device, the detection system adapted to detect the at least one object; and a brake coaching system interfacing with the detection system, the brake coaching system adapted to determine a brake application timing for an operator of the vehicle to avoid the object and optimize fuel economy of the vehicle. A driver prompting braking method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kurt Mitts, Aaron L. Mills, Dale Scott Crombez, Daniel A. Gabor
  • Publication number: 20150084758
    Abstract: A driver prompting braking system includes a detection device adapted to sense at least one object in front of the vehicle; a detection system interfacing with the detection device, the detection system adapted to detect the at least one object; and a brake coaching system interfacing with the detection system, the brake coaching system adapted to determine a brake application timing for an operator of the vehicle to avoid the object and optimize fuel economy of the vehicle. A driver prompting braking method is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Kurt Mitts, Aaron L. Mills, Dale Scott Crombez, Daniel A. Gabor
  • Publication number: 20150088380
    Abstract: A system and method for compensating for drive influences of a drive train of a vehicle, where the vehicle has a traction motor and a power steering system including a servomotor configured to provide torque to a vehicle steering rack, include commanding the servomotor to apply a compensation torque to the vehicle steering rack. The compensation torque is applied in response to a predicted drive influence caused by a regenerative braking torque.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel A. Gabor, Kurt Mitts, John Walsh
  • Patent number: 8589042
    Abstract: A control system for a transmission includes a memory module, a position module, an error module, an integral module, and an adjustment module. The memory stores a control value as a function of clutch torque. The position module controls a position of a clutch based on the control value. The error module periodically determines a slip speed error based on a difference between a target slip speed and an estimated slip speed of the clutch. The integral module periodically determines an integral of the slip speed error. The adjustment module adjusts the control value based on the integral. A method for controlling a transmission is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventors: Robert L. Williams, Matthew D. Whitton, Kurt Mitts, Daniel Deras
  • Patent number: 8502527
    Abstract: A debris sensor for a motor vehicle transmission includes a permanent magnet disposed on the inside bottom of the transmission pan to attract and retain magnetically attracted debris such as filings and particulates and a magnetic sensor such as a Hall effect sensor adjacent the permanent magnet. The magnetic sensor monitors, over time, the magnetic field of the debris collecting magnet. The output of the magnetic sensor is provided to a transmission control module (TCM) or similar electronic control or monitoring device. The output of the sensor is monitored and when the output changes sufficiently, relative to experimental or empirical data, a signal or alarm code is generated or stored relating to the possible need for transmission service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Jesse B. Bradley, Kurt Mitts
  • Publication number: 20130197731
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for controlling an electric vehicle. The method includes determining that the vehicle is stopped on a slope in an unparked mode without an accelerator or brake request. A holding force may be applied to hold the vehicle in the stopped position on the slope. After the vehicle has been stopped on the slope in the unparked mode without an accelerator or brake request for a predetermined amount of time, the holding force may be reduced to remind a driver that the vehicle is in the unparked mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: Coda Automotive, Inc.
    Inventors: Dan Schum, Kurt Mitts, Georg Ritzert, Damien Verdier
  • Publication number: 20130162009
    Abstract: A method and system for braking a vehicle are disclosed. The vehicle has at least one of an electronic stability control system and an antilock brake system. The vehicle may also include a regenerative brake adapted to apply a regenerative braking torque to slow the vehicle. The vehicle may further include a pressure sensor adapted to sense pressure in a hydraulic brake line. The pressure sensor may be a component of the at least one of the electronic stability control system and the antilock brake system. The vehicle may also include a controller adapted to control the regenerative braking torque of the regenerative brake based on at least the sensed pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: Coda Automotive, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt Mitts, Ali Maleki, Broc William TenHouten
  • Publication number: 20130018556
    Abstract: A control system for a transmission includes a memory module, a position module, an error module, an integral module, and an adjustment module. The memory stores a control value as a function of clutch torque. The position module controls a position of a clutch based on the control value. The error module periodically determines a slip speed error based on a difference between a target slip speed and an estimated slip speed of the clutch. The integral module periodically determines an integral of the slip speed error. The adjustment module adjusts the control value based on the integral. A method for controlling a transmission is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Applicant: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Robert L. Williams, Matthew D. Whitton, Kurt Mitts, Daniel Deras
  • Publication number: 20120086445
    Abstract: A debris sensor for a motor vehicle transmission includes a permanent magnet disposed on the inside bottom of the transmission pan to attract and retain magnetically attracted debris such as filings and particulates and a magnetic sensor such as a Hall effect sensor adjacent the permanent magnet. The magnetic sensor monitors, over time, the magnetic field of the debris collecting magnet. The output of the magnetic sensor is provided to a transmission control module (TCM) or similar electronic control or monitoring device. The output of the sensor is monitored and when the output changes sufficiently, relative to experimental or empirical data, a signal or alarm code is generated or stored relating to the possible need for transmission service.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Jesse B. Bradley, Kurt Mitts
  • Patent number: 8150586
    Abstract: A method is provided for changing a gear ratio in a transmission of a motor vehicle. Engagement of a first gear-train component with a second gear-train component is initiated at a predetermined rate. Rotational speeds of the first and the second gear-train components, and whether the rotational speed of the first gear-train component and the rotational speed of the second gear-train component have substantially synchronized is determined. A rate of engagement of the two gear-train components is reduced, if the rotational speed of the first gear-train component has not substantially synchronized with rotational speed of the second gear-train component. The rate of engagement of the two gear-train components is increased, if the rotational speed of the first gear-train component has substantially synchronized with rotational speed of the second gear-train component. Following the conclusion of engagement between the two gear-train components, the gear ratio change is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Randall B. Dlugoss, Kurt Mitts
  • Publication number: 20100274453
    Abstract: A method is provided for changing a gear ratio in a transmission of a motor vehicle. Engagement of a first gear-train component with a second gear-train component is initiated at a predetermined rate. Rotational speeds of the first and the second gear-train components, and whether the rotational speed of the first gear-train component and the rotational speed of the second gear-train component have substantially synchronized is determined. A rate of engagement of the two gear-train components is reduced, if the rotational speed of the first gear-train component has not substantially synchronized with rotational speed of the second gear-train component. The rate of engagement of the two gear-train components is increased, if the rotational speed of the first gear-train component has substantially synchronized with rotational speed of the second gear-train component. Following the conclusion of engagement between the two gear-train components, the gear ratio change is completed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2009
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Randall B. Dlugoss, Kurt Mitts
  • Publication number: 20060185095
    Abstract: A method for spinning clothes in an automatic washing machine comprises determining the size of the fabric load in the washing machine and determining a plaster speed based on the size of the fabric load. A motor gradually increases the rotational speed of the drum to the plaster speed while a balance condition monitor monitors the balanced condition of the fabric load. When the rotational speed of the drum reaches the plaster speed and the load is balanced, the motor rapidly increases the rotational speed of the drum from the plaster speed to an extraction speed. If the load becomes imbalanced at the extraction speed, the rotational speed of the drum is rapidly decreased to a redistribution speed less than the plaster speed to redistribute the load.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2005
    Publication date: August 24, 2006
    Inventor: Kurt Mitts