Patents by Inventor Stuart C. Salter

Stuart C. Salter 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).

  • Publication number: 20200377040
    Abstract: A vehicle applique includes a base structure and a polymeric coating disposed on the base structure. The polymeric coating at least partially covers an outer surface of the base structure. A diffraction grating is integrally defined by the polymeric coating. The diffraction grating has a thickness in a range of from about 100 nm to about 300 nm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Publication date: December 3, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Kenneth Dellock, Richard Gall, David Brian Glickman, Stuart C. Salter, Cornel Lewis Gardner
  • Publication number: 20200377025
    Abstract: A vehicle assembly includes, among other things, a tie-down bracket including a latch pivotably coupled to a body. A method includes, among other things, securing a tie-down line to a tie-down bracket of a vehicle. The method further includes monitoring a load applied to the tie-down bracket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Publication date: December 3, 2020
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, David Brian Glickman, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Kevin Berington Johnson
  • Publication number: 20200377028
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a tie-down bracket for a motor vehicle. The tie-down bracket includes a base portion and a removable portion configured to selectively attach to and detach from the base portion. The removable portion is operable as a flashlight when detached from the base portion. A method is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Publication date: December 3, 2020
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, David Brian Glickman, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Kevin Berington Johnson
  • Patent number: 10850711
    Abstract: An exterior display apparatus for a vehicle comprises a display panel comprising a display surface in connection with an exterior portion of the vehicle. The system further comprises an acoustic vibration device dynamically coupled to the display surface and a sensor configured to detect a foreign material on a portion of the display screen. A controller is configured to identify a temperature of an environment proximate the vehicle. In response to the detection of the foreign material, the controller is configured to activate a plurality of vibration control routines of the acoustic vibrational device based on the temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Cornel Lewis Gardner, David Brian Glickman, Kristopher Karl Brown, Joshua Wheeler
  • Publication number: 20200369153
    Abstract: A system may include an in-vehicle component, including a first control set to configure the component, configured to identify a device associated with a user approach to the component; and send an interaction request to the device to cause the device to display a user interface for the component including a second control set to configure the component, the second control set including at least one function unavailable in the first control set. A personal device may receive, from an in-vehicle component including a first control set to configure the component, a user interface definition descriptive of a second control set to configure the component; and receive, from the component, a request to display a user interface for the component including the second control set to configure the component, the second control set including at least one function unavailable in the first control set.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2020
    Publication date: November 26, 2020
    Inventors: Pietro BUTTOLO, James Stewart RANKIN, Dipanjan GHOSH, Gary Steven STRUMOLO, Stuart C. SALTER
  • Publication number: 20200362589
    Abstract: A lock assembly for use in a vehicle includes a key having a key head and a key shaft. The key shaft defines a recess. A lock cylinder defines a slot and a channel. The slot is in communication with a first end of the channel. A switch door is positioned to cover the slot. A light source is positioned at a second end of the channel. The light source is positioned to illuminate through the channel. A sensor is configured to detect the key. The sensor is coupled with the light source. The sensor is configured to actuate the light source based on a location of the key. A luminescent structure is positioned on the key shaft within the recess.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Kent Harrison, David Brian Glickman, Paul Kenneth Dellock
  • Publication number: 20200346580
    Abstract: An audible accessibility system for a vehicle comprises a first audible device in connection with a first door. A second audible device is in connection with a portion of the vehicle. An actuator is configured to adjust a position of the first door. A controller is configured to control an opening for access to the vehicle by controlling the actuator to adjust the position of the first door and the first audible device. The controller is further configured control an audible entry routine comprising controlling the first audible device to output a first audible indication and the second audible device to output a second audible indication, wherein the first audible indication and the second audible indication are spatially separated by the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Publication date: November 5, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Kristopher Karl Brown, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Joshua Wheeler, James Matthew Zaremski
  • Publication number: 20200346698
    Abstract: A deflector mounts to a pickup truck. The deflector may include a mounting flange, mounted to and pivot with a bottom of a tailgate, and spaced from a rear bumper, and a louver extending downward from the mounting flange into a gap between the tailgate and the bumper, with the louver including a portion curving rearward as the louver extends downward such that air flow around the bumper from under the pickup truck is redirected upward along an outer panel of the tailgate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Publication date: November 5, 2020
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, David Brian Glickman, Paul K. Dellock, Aaron Halonen, Sashank Vuttaluru
  • Publication number: 20200346625
    Abstract: An exterior display apparatus for a vehicle comprises a display panel comprising a display surface in connection with an exterior portion of the vehicle. The system further comprises an acoustic vibration device dynamically coupled to the display surface and a sensor configured to detect a foreign material on a portion of the display screen. A controller is configured to identify a temperature of an environment proximate the vehicle. In response to the detection of the foreign material, the controller is configured to activate a plurality of vibration control routines of the acoustic vibrational device based on the temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Publication date: November 5, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Cornel Lewis Gardner, David Brian Glickman, Kristopher Karl Brown, Joshua Wheeler
  • Patent number: 10821937
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to a vehicle capacitive sensor system configured to detect activity, such as a person approaching the vehicle, from a distance from the vehicle (e.g., 5 meters, 10 meters, etc.). The system may initiate various levels of wakeup procedures based on a predicted user intention for use of the vehicle, and may utilize a Phone-as-a-Key (PaaK) system or key fobs in addition to the capacitive field sensors. The system may reduce or eliminate lag time associated with vehicle wakeup operations by enabling features, such as a Passive Entry Passive Start (PEPS) system, in advance of the person making physical contact with a vehicle trigger point. The disclosure includes capacitive sensors integrated with vehicle body panels and moldings, such that vehicle surfaces, either alone or in groups, can function as macro capacitive sensors for detecting various metrics associated with changing capacitive fields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC.
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Pietro Buttolo, John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Ali Hassani, Ryan Edwin Hanson
  • Patent number: 10821884
    Abstract: An apparatus, according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a fascia and an emblem mounted or molded to the fascia, where the emblem includes a plurality of quantum dots. The apparatus also includes an energy source to excite the quantum dots. A method according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, providing an emblem with a plurality of quantum dots, mounting or molding the emblem to a fascia, and selectively exciting the quantum dots to illuminate the emblem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron B. Johnson, Luciano Lukacs, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Stuart C. Salter, David Brian Glickman
  • Patent number: 10822842
    Abstract: The invention controls a power cinching function of a motor vehicle door latch in order to improve door seal performance under conditions wherein vibrations could otherwise reduce seal effectiveness. With the door latched closed in a flush condition, the vehicle speed is compared to a slow-speed threshold. When the vehicle speed is greater than the slow-speed threshold, then a vehicle vibration parameter is compared to a vibration threshold. When the vibration parameter is greater than the vibration threshold, then the power cinching function is activated to move the door to to a subflush condition which increases a compression of the seal between the door and a vehicle door frame. When the door is in the subflush condition, the vehicle speed continues to be compared to the slow-speed threshold, and when the vehicle speed is less than the slow-speed threshold then the door is released back to the flush condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Ronald J. Collins, Aaron M. Halonen, David Brian Glickman, Paul K. Dellock
  • Patent number: 10815715
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a motor vehicle, such as a pickup truck, including a powered tailgate assembly and a corresponding method of using the same. An exemplary motor vehicle includes a powered tailgate assembly having a tailgate moveable between a fully closed position and a fully open position. The tailgate is also moveable to a neutral loading position near the fully open position. Further, the motor vehicle includes a controller configured to identify the onset of an active loading condition when the tailgate moves from the neutral loading position toward the fully open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Aaron Halonen, David Brian Glickman, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Pietro Buttolo
  • Patent number: 10815709
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a panel, a removable window and a latch assembly for securing the removable window to the panel. In one embodiment, a removable roof assembly for a motor vehicle includes a removable roof panel, a releasable locking feature that secures the removable roof panel to the motor vehicle, a removable window and a latch assembly. The latch assembly secures the removable window to the removable roof panel. The latch assembly includes a push button actuator to release the latch assembly and remove the removable window from the removable roof panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ronald M. Lovasz, David Brian Glickman, Harry Lobo, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Stuart C. Salter, James J. Surman
  • Patent number: 10817141
    Abstract: A vehicle keypad device is provided that includes a touchscreen having an array of proximity sensors located on an exterior of a vehicle, a keypad display displaying virtual input button icons proximate the proximity sensors, and a controller determining a location of a user input from the proximity sensors, determining an offset of the input from one of the virtual input icons and adjusting a sensor area of the proximity sensors for the icon based on the offset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Pietro Buttolo, Kristopher Brown, David Brian Glickman, Cornel Lewis Gardner
  • Patent number: 10807446
    Abstract: An illuminated window assembly that includes a glass substrate; a light barrier over the substrate having a reflective interior-facing and a tinted exterior-facing surface; a light-diffusing element over the barrier having first and second opposed edges; and an LED source or spaced LED sources configured to direct incident light into the first opposed edge. Further, a thickness of the element at the first opposed edge is greater than a thickness at the second opposed edge. The LED sources can also be directed into both the first and second opposed edges, wherein a thickness of the element at the first and the second opposed edge is greater than a thickness between the opposed edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Hongen Tu, Scott Holmes Dunham, Paul Kenneth Dellock
  • Patent number: 10807567
    Abstract: A computer is programmed to receive, via a vehicle wireless receiver, a wireless signal from a mobile device, and determine a presence of the mobile device within a distance of the vehicle. The computer is programmed to classify a movement of the mobile device based at least on the determined device presence, and actuate a vehicle component based on the determined device presence and the classified movement of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Pietro Buttolo, James J. Surman
  • Publication number: 20200328365
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a body and a lamp assembly coupled to the body. The lamp assembly includes a housing and a first metal conductor coupled to the housing. A semiconductor layer is coupled to the first metal conductor, wherein the semiconductor layer includes a plurality of perovskites configured to emit light. A second conductor is coupled to the semiconductor layer and a lens is coupled to the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Kenneth Dellock, Harry Lobo, Stuart C. Salter, David Brian Glickman, Aaron Bradley Johnson
  • Publication number: 20200328744
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a body and a door coupled to the body. The door is operable between opened and closed positions. A cinch assembly is operably coupled to the door. A door seal is positioned along at least a portion of a door opening, wherein the door seal includes a first conductor and a second conductor positioned therein. The first and second conductors are dielectrically isolated and cooperate to generate a capacitive signal. A controller is configured to monitor the capacitive signal and control the cinch assembly in response to the capacitive signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Kristopher Karl Brown, Fedor Balayev, Cornel Lewis Gardner
  • Patent number: 10804815
    Abstract: A vehicle operates an internal combustion engine according to an automatic start-stop function to reduce fuel consumption. A first DC bus is adapted to connect to a plurality of DC loads. A primary battery is coupled between the first DC bus and a ground. A first alternator is driven by the internal combustion engine to supply electrical power to the first DC bus. A second DC bus is connected to a positive terminal of an auxiliary battery. A negative terminal of the auxiliary battery is connected to the first DC bus. A second alternator is driven by the internal combustion engine to supply electrical power to the second bus at a voltage corresponding to a sum of voltages of the primary and auxiliary batteries. An inverter receives electrical power from the second DC bus to generate an AC output adapted to connect to accessory AC loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Hanyang B. Chen, Michael J. Irby, Alan F. Judge, Anthony T. Spoto, Stuart C. Salter, Jason Baker