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).

  • Patent number: 11370471
    Abstract: A vehicle steering wheel is provided that includes a rotatable rim comprising a core structure, a steering angle sensor sensing an angle of rotation of the rim, and a plurality of proximity sensors located on the rim and spaced apart from one another along an arc length. The vehicle steering wheel also includes a controller processing sensed outputs generated by each of the plurality of proximity sensors and determining operator input commands based on the sensed outputs. The controller assigns a function to each of the proximity sensors that changes as the rim is rotated at an angle such that a given function associated with a proximity sensor remains at the same position in space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Pietro Buttolo, Christian Lange, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Aaron Gould
  • Patent number: 11370280
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a body that defines an aperture. A closure panel is coupled to the body and is movable between open and closed positions. The closure panel covers the aperture when the closure panel is in the closed position. A support member has first and second ends. The first end is coupled to the body. The second end is coupled to the closure panel. The support member is operable between compressed and extended positions. The extended position corresponds with the open position. A panel assembly is coupled to an interior surface of the closure panel. The panel assembly includes a first, second, and third panels. The first and second panels are rotatably coupled to a mounting structure. The third panel is slidably coupled to the mounting structure. The first, second, and third panels are each movable between a stowed position and a deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, David Brian Glickman, Peter Phung, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Pietro Buttolo, John Robert Van Wiemeersch
  • Publication number: 20220194228
    Abstract: A vehicle is provided that includes a vehicle body, a plurality of RF signal receivers located at a plurality of locations within the vehicle, an RF signal transmitter configured to be located on a pet for transmitting an RF signal, and a controller for processing the RF signal received by each of the plurality of RF signal receivers and determining a location of the pet based on the received RF signals, wherein the controller generates an output based on the location of the pet and controls at least one vehicle function based on the output.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2020
    Publication date: June 23, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Hussein H. Berry, Annette Lynn Huebner, Marguerite Lynn Kimball, John Robert Van Wiemeersch
  • Publication number: 20220194253
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a controller that sends a charge request defining a charge location to a charge donor vehicle for vehicle-to-vehicle charging, responsive to not detecting a charge cable that satisfies the charge request in the vehicle and the charge donor vehicle, sends a borrow request including the charge location to a charge cable donor vehicle, and responsive to confirmation from the charge donor vehicle and charge cable donor vehicle, directs the vehicle to drive to the charge location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2020
    Publication date: June 23, 2022
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. SALTER, Katherine HOWARD-CONE, Justin Carmen CAMPANARO, Farshad HARIRCHI, Devang Bhalchandra DAVE
  • Publication number: 20220185170
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to an exterior lighting system for a motor vehicle. An example system includes a plurality of lights configured to illuminate an area adjacent the motor vehicle, a plurality of sensors, and a controller configured to selectively activate and deactivate the lights based on signals from the sensors. The example system includes various aspects configured to preserve energy, including reducing the polling rate of sensors corresponding to deactivated lights, increasing light intensity in proportion to the speed of detected motion, and only illuminating those lights that correspond to locations of a recognized user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2020
    Publication date: June 16, 2022
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Hussein Berry, Clayton Benjamin Ford, Paul Kenneth Dellock, David Brian Glickman, Dave Diamond
  • Patent number: 11338489
    Abstract: Methods for preparing thermoplastic automotive appliques include applying heat from an auxiliary heater to a tool cavity of a forming tool. The auxiliary heater is activated for a period of time until a temperature of the heated tool cavity is heated to less than or equal to about a melting temperature of the thermoplastic. The heated tool cavity is filled with the thermoplastic, and a cooling fluid is pulsed through the forming tool. The thermoplastic applique is then removed, and the supply of cooling fluid is turned off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Gall, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Stuart C. Salter, Dave Brian Glickman, Chester Stanislaus Walawender
  • Publication number: 20220151202
    Abstract: A pet bowl is provided that comprises a housing defining a water container, a proximity sensor located proximate to the water container, the proximity sensor having conductive circuitry comprising a first circuit made of a first metal and a second circuit made of a dissimilar second metal, and a controller processing signals received from the proximity sensor, the controller selectively switching the conductive circuitry between a first configuration operating as the proximity sensor to sense water contained in the container and a second configuration operating as a thermocouple to sense temperature proximate to the water container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2020
    Publication date: May 19, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Annette Lynn Huebner, Marguerite Lynn Kimball, Hussein Berry, John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Pietro Buttolo
  • Publication number: 20220153206
    Abstract: A roof structure of a motor vehicle includes an outer sheet and a headliner below the outer sheet. A telematics control unit (TCU) is disposed in an insulated space of the roof structure. The TCU is configured to provide Wi-Fi within a passenger space of the vehicle above an electrically non-conductive grille extending across an opening in the headliner. The grille permits airflow between the insulated space and a passenger space below the headliner to cool the TCU, without interfering with Wi-Fi signals from the TCU.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2020
    Publication date: May 19, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Satyanarayana Raju Vemulapati, Paul Kenneth Dellock, John Budaj
  • Publication number: 20220153356
    Abstract: An active air dam assembly includes, among other things, an air dam configured to pivot relative to a vehicle bumper back and forth between a home position and a deflected position and an actuator system configured to transition the air dam vertically between a raised position and a deployed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2020
    Publication date: May 19, 2022
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, David Brian Glickman, Aaron Peter Klop
  • Publication number: 20220153212
    Abstract: A computer includes a processor and a memory storing instructions executable by the processor to instruct a first sensor to run at a scanning rate; in response to a trigger event, reduce the scanning rate; in response to receiving data from the first sensor indicating a newly present object, turn on a second sensor; and then record data from the second sensor. The second sensor has a higher power draw than the first sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2020
    Publication date: May 19, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Justin Carroll, Donald Paul Bilger, Zeljko Deljevic, Hussein H. Berry
  • Publication number: 20220155107
    Abstract: A multi-layer electrode of a capacitive pressure sensor is manufactured by roll to roll printing a conductive layer onto a polymer layer and forming a mutual capacitance sensor layer of the capacitive pressure sensor, co-extruding a conductive polymer layer and a foam dielectric layer and forming a coextruded layer of the capacitive pressure sensor, and pressure rolling the mutual capacitance sensor layer and the coextruded layer together and forming the multi-layer electrode. The conductive polymer layer includes between about 2 wt. % to about 15 wt. % graphene and between about 0.01 wt. % and 5 wt. % of the carbon nanotubes. Also, the conductive polymer layer has a flexural modulus equal to or greater than 5,000 MPa and an electrical resistivity less than or equal to 10 Ohm/mm3, and the polymer layer and/or the conductive polymer layer is formed from recycled polyethylene terephthalate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2020
    Publication date: May 19, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Pietro Buttolo, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Richard Gall, Jim Robert Chascsa
  • Publication number: 20220153096
    Abstract: An apparatus and method, according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a switchable glass structure supported within a vehicle and comprised of a plurality of layers. A power source is selectively applied to the switchable glass structure to change the switchable glass structure from opaque to clear. Markings are formed within at least one of the plurality of layers to identify user input areas. A control system includes a circuit configured cooperate with the power source to allow the switchable glass structure to act as a capacitive sensor such that user input to the user input areas can be sensed to change the switchable glass structure between opaque and clear modes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2020
    Publication date: May 19, 2022
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Hussein Berry, Tom F. Boettger, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Harry Kon, Terry Vandenbrink
  • Publication number: 20220155436
    Abstract: A computer includes a processor and a memory storing instructions executable by the processor to select a scanning rate for a first sensor of a vehicle based on at least one of data related to a current time or data related to a location of the vehicle; instruct the first sensor to run at the selected scanning rate; in response to receiving data from the first sensor indicating a newly present object, turn on a second sensor; and then record data from the second sensor. The second sensor has a higher power draw than the first sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2021
    Publication date: May 19, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Donald Paul Bilger, Tarik Safir, Sam Harris
  • Publication number: 20220153133
    Abstract: A vehicle is provided that includes a vehicle body, a plurality of RF signal receivers located at a plurality of locations within the vehicle, a portable pet bowl configured to be transported in the vehicle body, the pet bowl including a container for holding content such as water, an RF signal transmitter located on the pet bowl for transmitting an RF signal, and a controller for processing the RF signal received by each of the plurality of RF signal receivers and determining a location of the pet bowl based on the received RF signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2020
    Publication date: May 19, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Annette Lynn Huebner, Marguerite Lynn Kimball, Hussein Berry, John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Pietro Buttolo
  • Patent number: 11332122
    Abstract: A vehicle assembly includes a sensor system of a bumper or a skid plate. The sensor system includes a plurality of first sensors and at least one second sensor. The sensor system emits a first electrical field from each of the first sensors when the plurality of first sensors are active and the at least one second sensor is inactive. The sensor system emits a second electrical field when the plurality of first sensors are active and the at least one second sensor is active. The first electrical field projects a first distance from the skid plate. The second electrical field projects a longer, second distance from the skid plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Pietro Buttolo, Stuart C. Salter, David Brian Glickman, Paul Kenneth Dellock
  • Publication number: 20220126756
    Abstract: A storage module connects to a frame forming a door opening of a vehicle. The storage module includes a housing conforming to the door opening and extending into the compartment in an installed configuration. The storage module further includes an exterior panel disposed on a first side of the housing. The exterior panel conforms to an exterior surface of the vehicle enclosing the door opening. At least one storage compartment is disposed inside the housing and the compartment in the installed configuration. The storage compartment includes an access panel forming a portion of the exterior surface and forms a first storage volume.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Publication date: April 28, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, David Brian Glickman, Hussein Berry, Adam Carlson, Peter Phung, Benjamin Richer
  • Publication number: 20220126758
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to accessories configured to be supported by door strikers of motor vehicles. In particular, the accessories may be mounted to a motor vehicle when a traditional, or factory, door is removed. Some example accessories are useable as a step when mounted to the vehicle, and are also useable as a tool (i.e., as a shovel, flashlight, bit driver, socket wrench, and/or hex wrench) when removed from the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2020
    Publication date: April 28, 2022
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, David Brian Glickman, Jeffrey Robert Seaman, Annette Lynn Huebner, Paul Kenneth Dellock
  • Publication number: 20220130183
    Abstract: An active air dam notification method includes, among other things, transitioning an air dam of a vehicle between a first position and a second position, and providing an alert to a user. The alert indicates that the air dam is transitioning.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Publication date: April 28, 2022
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, David Brian Glickman, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Hussein Berry
  • Publication number: 20220119041
    Abstract: An apparatus and method, according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, cutting opposing notches in side edges of a flat metallic strip to provide a flat notched strip with pairs of notches extending along a length of the flat notched strip. The flat notched strip is rolled formed to provide a profiled notched strip and a flexible material is extruded to cover the profiled notched strip to provide a roof ditch molding. The roof ditch molding is cut at notch locations to achieve a desired molding length extending between molding cut ends comprising tabs, and a pattern of flexible material is removed from the notches associated with the molding cut ends. The tabs are bent to provide final formed ends for the roof ditch molding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2020
    Publication date: April 21, 2022
    Inventors: Paul Kenneth Dellock, David Brian Glickman, Stuart C. Salter, Michael A. Musleh
  • Publication number: 20220118881
    Abstract: A front end structure of a vehicle is disclosed and includes a housing having a fluid reservoir portion, a fan shroud portion, a back face, a bolster portion, a first air passage communicating airflow to an air intake system, and a second air passage in communication with a higher pressure airflow. A fan assembly is mounted within the fan shroud portion and a radiator mounted to the back face of the housing. A battery compartment is in communication with airflow from the second air passage for maintain battery temperature within a predefined range. A headlight also receives an airflow to actively remove moisture from an inner cavity. A method of assembling a front end structure is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2020
    Publication date: April 21, 2022
    Inventors: David Brian Glickman, Sean Terence Coghlan, James Alan Acre, Darshan Arun Nayak, Stuart C. Salter, Zeljko Deljevic, David A. Brown, Alan George Dry