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1.

TRACTION BATTERY PACK BUSBAR SUPPORTING ASSEMBLY AND SUPPORTING METHOD

      
Application Number 17890562
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-18
First Publication Date 2024-02-22
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Goldberg, Ira Jason
  • Barr, Michael
  • Braeseker, Nicholas

Abstract

A battery pack system includes first and second battery arrays of a traction battery pack, and a thermal barrier assembly disposed at least partially between the first and second battery arrays. The thermal barrier assembly is configured to block thermal energy movement from the first battery array to the second battery array, and from the second battery array to the first battery array. The system further includes a busbar interfacing directly with a portion of the thermal barrier assembly.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01M 50/507 - Interconnectors for connecting terminals of adjacent batteries; Interconnectors for connecting cells outside a battery casing comprising an arrangement of two or more busbars within a container structure, e.g. busbar modules
  • H01M 50/211 - Racks, modules or packs for multiple batteries or multiple cells characterised by their shape adapted for pouch cells
  • H01M 10/658 - Means for temperature control structurally associated with the cells by thermal insulation or shielding
  • H01M 50/262 - Mountings; Secondary casings or frames; Racks, modules or packs; Suspension devices; Shock absorbers; Transport or carrying devices; Holders with fastening means, e.g. locks
  • H01M 10/613 - Cooling or keeping cold

2.

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURED CUSHIONED COMPONENT

      
Application Number 17890519
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-18
First Publication Date 2024-02-22
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Romelfanger, Megan
  • Schein, Victoria Leigh
  • Boland, Brian
  • Maloney, Patrick
  • Perkins, Alex
  • Kondrad, Marcos Silva

Abstract

A seat assembly includes a cushioned component having a lattice matrix. An air bladder assembly is covered by the lattice matrix. The air bladder assembly includes a plurality of air bladders supported on a platform assembly. Each air bladder includes a body portion operable between deflated and inflated conditions. Each air bladder includes a connection stem. A support plate includes a plurality of access apertures disposed therethrough. The air bladder assembly is operably coupled to the support plate. Each air bladder is aligned with at least one access aperture of the plurality of access apertures. A carrier assembly includes a plurality of mounting apertures disposed through an outer surface thereof. The carrier assembly receives the connection stem of each air bladder through at least one mounting aperture of the plurality of mounting apertures of the carrier assembly.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60N 2/66 - Lumbar supports
  • B60N 2/90 - Seats specially adapted for vehicles; Arrangement or mounting of seats in vehicles - Details or parts not otherwise provided for

3.

TRACTION BATTERY PACK ROUTABLE COMPONENT SUPPORTING ASSEMBLY AND SUPPORTING METHOD

      
Application Number 17892429
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-22
First Publication Date 2024-02-22
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Goldberg, Ira Jason
  • Braeseker, Nicholas
  • Turmell, Terri
  • Tiernan, Chris David

Abstract

A battery pack system includes first and second battery arrays of a traction battery pack and a thermal barrier assembly disposed at least partially between the first and second battery arrays. The thermal barrier assembly is configured to block thermal energy movement from the first battery array to the second battery array, and from the second battery array to the first battery array. The thermal barrier assembly includes a primary attachment portion, a first lip that interfaces with the first array, and a second lip that interfaces with the second array. The system further includes a routable component of the traction battery pack. The routable component is received within a channel of the first lip and a channel of the second lip.

IPC Classes  ?

4.

Integrated Shock and Suspension Height Sensor

      
Application Number 18380374
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-10-16
First Publication Date 2024-02-22
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Hwang, Steven
  • Wong, William
  • Anderson, Edmund

Abstract

A shock absorber for a vehicle suspension system may include a damper tube defining an axis, a rod operably coupled to the damper tube to be movable along the axis relative to the damper tube in response to jounce and rebound events, a dust boot operably coupled to the rod and extending along peripheral sides of the rod and at least a proximal end of the damper tube relative to the rod, the dust boot being movable with the rod, a target disposed on a damper bump cap operably coupled to the proximal end of the damper tube, and a measurement assembly affixed to the dust boot. The measurement assembly may include a PCB elongated parallel to the axis to track relative movement between the target and the measurement assembly responsive to the jounce and rebound events to generate ride height information based on the relative movement.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60G 13/00 - Resilient suspensions characterised by arrangement, location, or type of vibration-dampers
  • F16F 9/38 - Covers for protection or appearance

5.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TOOL ALLOCATION FOR SERVICE VEHICLES

      
Application Number 17888554
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-16
First Publication Date 2024-02-22
Owner FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Salter, Stuart C.
  • Diamond, Brendan F.
  • Preiss, Meghan
  • Huebner, Annette Lynn
  • Pillen, Lia

Abstract

A tool application system for a vehicle may include a database configured to maintain an inventory of items on a vehicle, and a server configured to receive a request for at least one item relating to a worksite from a technician, compare the request for the at least one item to the inventory, determine that the item is not part of the inventory, transmit a part request to at least one location based on at least one factor, and transmit instructions to the vehicle in response to receiving a response to the request from the location confirming availability of the item.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management

6.

ELECTROLYTE COMPATIBLE LITHIUM-ION BATTERY ANODE

      
Application Number 17892817
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-22
First Publication Date 2024-02-22
Owner FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Li, Feng
  • Tipton, Andrew
  • Paik, Chi

Abstract

A method for forming a solid electrolyte interface on a lithium-ion battery electrode is provided. The method includes a step of introducing a first quantity of a first electrolyte composition into a container. The container includes at least one lithium-ion battery cell and the first electrolyte composition including ethylene carbonate. The lithium-ion battery cell is cycled for at least one charging cycle such that one or more solid electrolyte interfaces are formed. A second electrolyte composition is introduced into the container to form a final electrolyte composition, the second electrolyte composition including propylene carbonate.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01M 10/0567 - Liquid materials characterised by the additives
  • H01M 10/0525 - Rocking-chair batteries, i.e. batteries with lithium insertion or intercalation in both electrodes; Lithium-ion batteries
  • H01M 10/0569 - Liquid materials characterised by the solvents

7.

LANE-BASED VEHICLE CONTROL

      
Application Number 17821220
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-22
First Publication Date 2024-02-22
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Lewandowski, Andrew Denis
  • Diamond, Brendan Francis
  • Barrett, Jordan
  • Weston, Keith
  • Maraldo, Anthony

Abstract

A vehicle can operate on a roadway for which a default lane is defined. Upon determining that the vehicle is currently operating on the roadway for which the default lane is defined, a lane override command to select a target lane other than the default lane can be determined based on prior lane selections in the vehicle. A vehicle component can be actuated based on the target lane override command.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60W 30/12 - Lane keeping
  • B60W 30/16 - Control of distance between vehicles, e.g. keeping a distance to preceding vehicle
  • B60W 40/08 - Estimation or calculation of driving parameters for road vehicle drive control systems not related to the control of a particular sub-unit related to drivers or passengers
  • G06N 3/08 - Learning methods

8.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR STARTING AN ENGINE

      
Application Number 17821387
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-22
First Publication Date 2024-02-22
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Ravichandran, Maruthi
  • Johri, Rajit
  • Frait, Steven Anatole

Abstract

Systems and methods for operating a driveline of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, an electrically driven transmission fluid pump may be deactivated in response to an engine pull-up request so that a driveline disconnect clutch may provide more consistent torque transfer capacity during closing of the driveline disconnect clutch.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60W 20/40 - Controlling the engagement or disengagement of prime movers, e.g. for transition between prime movers
  • B60W 10/06 - Conjoint control of vehicle sub-units of different type or different function including control of propulsion units including control of combustion engines
  • B60W 10/02 - Conjoint control of vehicle sub-units of different type or different function including control of driveline clutches
  • B60W 10/08 - Conjoint control of vehicle sub-units of different type or different function including control of propulsion units including control of electric propulsion units, e.g. motors or generators
  • B60W 10/103 - Infinitely variable gearings of fluid type

9.

ION CONDUCTING MOLECULAR THERMAL BLANKETS

      
Application Number 17892537
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-22
First Publication Date 2024-02-22
Owner FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Park, Kyungjin
  • Lee, Eunsung
  • Utley, Brian
  • Paik, Chi

Abstract

A positive electrode material includes a plurality of particles composed of a positive electrode active material and a passivating layer disposed over each particle of the plurality of particles. The passivating layer is thermally insulating and lithium-ion conducting wherein the passivating layer is composed of a carbonate-phosphate composite.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01M 4/62 - Selection of inactive substances as ingredients for active masses, e.g. binders, fillers
  • H01M 4/505 - Selection of substances as active materials, active masses, active liquids of inorganic oxides or hydroxides of manganese of mixed oxides or hydroxides containing manganese for inserting or intercalating light metals, e.g. LiMn2O4 or LiMn2OxFy
  • H01M 4/525 - Selection of substances as active materials, active masses, active liquids of inorganic oxides or hydroxides of nickel, cobalt or iron of mixed oxides or hydroxides containing iron, cobalt or nickel for inserting or intercalating light metals, e.g. LiNiO2, LiCoO2 or LiCoOxFy
  • H01M 10/0525 - Rocking-chair batteries, i.e. batteries with lithium insertion or intercalation in both electrodes; Lithium-ion batteries
  • H01M 10/658 - Means for temperature control structurally associated with the cells by thermal insulation or shielding

10.

CONTEXTUAL CALIBRATION OF CONNECTED SECURITY DEVICE

      
Application Number 18500677
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-11-02
First Publication Date 2024-02-22
Owner FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Murray, James Nicholas
  • Safir, Tarik
  • Harris, Sam
  • Akoglu, Hasan
  • Abentheuer, Julian Aaron
  • Mitchell, Gabriel

Abstract

A vehicle includes determines that a vehicle alarm system has been engaged and determines a local context applicable to the vehicle alarm system. The vehicle obtains an alarm system configuration mapping applicable in light of the local context. The vehicle changes sensitivity of one or more sensors associated with the alarm system based on the configuration mapping.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G08B 29/24 - Self-calibration, e.g. compensating for environmental drift or ageing of components

11.

DUAL TRACTION BATTERY POWER SYSTEM WITH CHARGE BALANCING CIRCUITRY

      
Application Number 17890579
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-18
First Publication Date 2024-02-22
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Chen, Lihua
  • Curuvija, Boris
  • Ge, Baoming

Abstract

A power system includes an inverter, a pair of traction batteries electrically in series, and collectively in parallel with the inverter, a plurality of switches electrically in series, and collectively electrically in parallel with the traction batteries and inverter such that the switches are connected between the traction batteries and inverter, and one or more controllers programmed to operate the switches during charge of one of the traction batteries or operation of the inverter to balance states of charge of the traction batteries.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60L 58/22 - Balancing the charge of battery modules
  • H02J 7/00 - Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries
  • H02P 5/74 - Arrangements specially adapted for regulating or controlling the speed or torque of two or more electric motors controlling two or more ac dynamo-electric motors
  • B60L 58/12 - Methods or circuit arrangements for monitoring or controlling batteries or fuel cells, specially adapted for electric vehicles for monitoring or controlling batteries responding to state of charge [SoC]

12.

TRACTION BATTERY PACK ENCLOSURE SEAL ASSEMBLY AND SEALING METHOD

      
Application Number 17889792
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-17
First Publication Date 2024-02-22
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Zhang, Xiaogang
  • Conti, Nathaniel
  • Tomlinson, Samuel Jeffrey
  • Gupte, Parikshit S.

Abstract

An assembly includes a first piece of an enclosure having an interior area. The first piece has a first flange that projects outward from the interior area. The assembly also includes a second piece of the enclosure, the second piece including a second flange that projects outward from the interior area. The assembly further includes a gasket seal that is sandwiched between the first and second flanges. The first and second flanges are secured together at a flange-to-flange interface that is between the gasket seal and the interior area.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01M 50/271 - Lids or covers for the racks or secondary casings
  • B60L 50/64 - Constructional details of batteries specially adapted for electric vehicles
  • H01M 50/204 - Racks, modules or packs for multiple batteries or multiple cells
  • H01M 50/262 - Mountings; Secondary casings or frames; Racks, modules or packs; Suspension devices; Shock absorbers; Transport or carrying devices; Holders with fastening means, e.g. locks
  • H01M 50/258 - Modular batteries; Casings provided with means for assembling

13.

MULTI-LAYER ALL SOLID-STATE BATTERY COATING

      
Application Number 17889547
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-17
First Publication Date 2024-02-22
Owner FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Pietrasz, Patrick
  • Kwak, Gunho
  • Paik, Chi

Abstract

A coating system for a solid-state battery includes a feeder for a first substrate foil, and an electrolyte dispenser between two electrode dispensers. The first electrode dispenser has a first mixture of a first solid active material and a first solid electrolyte therein, and deposits a first electrode layer on the foil. The electrolyte dispenser deposits an electrolyte layer on the first electrode layer. The second electrode dispenser has a second mixture of second solid active material and a second solid electrolyte, and deposits a second electrode layer on the electrolyte layer. A roller provides a second substrate foil downstream of the second electrode dispenser on the second electrode layer to form a layered structure. The system also includes drums for press rolling the layered structure to form a solid-state battery, with the layers being continuously deposited.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01M 10/04 - Construction or manufacture in general
  • H01M 10/0585 - Construction or manufacture of accumulators having only flat construction elements, i.e. flat positive electrodes, flat negative electrodes and flat separators
  • H01M 4/04 - Processes of manufacture in general

14.

FRONT TRUNK INCLUDING CLOSURE SECTION CONFIGURABLE INTO TWO DEPLOYED POSITIONS

      
Application Number 17892249
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-22
First Publication Date 2024-02-22
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Harmon, Michael John
  • Curea, Marius
  • Howard, Benjamin

Abstract

This disclosure relates to a front trunk including a closure section configurable into two deployed positions, namely an intermediate deployed position and a fully deployed position. In some aspects, the techniques described herein relate to a motor vehicle, including: a front trunk establishing a cargo space; and a closure assembly configured to selectively cover and uncover the front trunk, wherein the closure assembly includes an upper section and a lower section moveable independent of the upper section, wherein the lower section is configured to move between a closed position, an intermediate deployed position in which the lower section uncovers a portion of the front trunk, and a fully deployed position in which an upper surface area of the lower section is greater than the upper surface area of the lower section in the intermediate deployed position.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60R 5/02 - Compartments within vehicle body primarily intended or sufficiently spacious for trunks, suit-cases, or the like arranged at front of vehicle

15.

VEHICLE BIDIRECTIONAL ENERGY TRANSFER MANAGEMENT METHODS AND SYSTEMS

      
Application Number 17892266
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-22
First Publication Date 2024-02-22
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Meroux, Dominique
  • Sartipizadeh, Hossein
  • O'Gorman, Ryan J.
  • Salter, Stuart C.

Abstract

A local electrical energy management method includes, when an grid power source is not providing electrical energy to an electrical load, receiving electrical energy from an electrified vehicle and powering the electrical load with the electrical energy from the electrified vehicle. The method further includes compensating a user of the electrified vehicle for providing electrical energy.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60L 55/00 - Arrangements for supplying energy stored within a vehicle to a power network, i.e. vehicle-to-grid [V2G] arrangements
  • B60L 53/00 - Methods of charging batteries, specially adapted for electric vehicles; Charging stations or on-board charging equipment therefor; Exchange of energy storage elements in electric vehicles
  • H02J 3/32 - Arrangements for balancing the load in a network by storage of energy using batteries with converting means

16.

TRACTION BATTERY ASSEMBLY HAVING A THERMAL EXCHANGE PLATE WITH A THERMAL BARRIER

      
Application Number 17889822
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-17
First Publication Date 2024-02-22
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Boddakayala, Bhaskara Rao
  • Swoish, James Lawrence
  • Gupte, Parikshit S.
  • Saripella, Ravi

Abstract

A traction battery assembly includes a thermal exchange plate, a battery array disposed on the thermal exchange plate, an enclosure structure supporting the battery array and the thermal exchange plate, and a thermal barrier sandwiched between the thermal exchange plate and the enclosure structure. A method of shielding areas of a traction battery pack from thermal energy includes positioning a thermal barrier between a thermal exchange plate and an enclosure structure. The thermal barrier is configured to block transfer of thermal energy from the thermal exchange plate to the enclosure structure.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01M 10/658 - Means for temperature control structurally associated with the cells by thermal insulation or shielding
  • H01M 50/209 - Racks, modules or packs for multiple batteries or multiple cells characterised by their shape adapted for prismatic or rectangular cells
  • H01M 50/249 - Mountings; Secondary casings or frames; Racks, modules or packs; Suspension devices; Shock absorbers; Transport or carrying devices; Holders specially adapted for aircraft or vehicles, e.g. cars or trains
  • H01M 10/625 - Vehicles
  • H01M 10/647 - Prismatic or flat cells, e.g. pouch cells
  • H01M 10/6554 - Rods or plates

17.

FLOW MANAGEMENT DEVICE

      
Application Number 17892861
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-22
First Publication Date 2024-02-22
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Hitchings, Andrew
  • Turner, Paul Nigel
  • Harman, Sean Gordon
  • Wilden, Daniel

Abstract

A flow management device comprises an outer chamber with an inlet arranged to receive a flow in a first flow direction and an outlet arranged to provide the flow in a second flow direction different from the first direction, and a duct arranged within the chamber, the duct having a first end configured to receive the flow from the inlet and a second end configured to release the flow towards the outlet, wherein a cross-sectional area of the duct increases towards each of the first and second ends of the duct.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F01N 13/08 - Other arrangements or adaptations of exhaust conduits

18.

TRACTION BATTERY PACK ENCLOSURE INTUMESCENT SEAL SHIELDING ASSEMBLY AND SEAL SHIELDING METHOD

      
Application Number 17890372
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-18
First Publication Date 2024-02-22
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Conti, Nathaniel
  • Gupte, Parikshit S.

Abstract

An assembly includes a first piece and a second piece of an enclosure having an interior area. The first piece includes a first flange that projects outward from the interior area. The second piece includes a second flange that projects outward from the interior area. The assembly further includes a gasket seal and an intumescent. The gasket seal is sandwiched between the first and second flanges. The intumescent is sandwiched between the first and second flange at a position that is between the gasket seal and the interior area.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01M 50/244 - Secondary casings; Racks; Suspension devices; Carrying devices; Holders characterised by their mounting method
  • H01M 50/209 - Racks, modules or packs for multiple batteries or multiple cells characterised by their shape adapted for prismatic or rectangular cells
  • H01M 50/271 - Lids or covers for the racks or secondary casings
  • H01M 10/658 - Means for temperature control structurally associated with the cells by thermal insulation or shielding
  • H01M 50/249 - Mountings; Secondary casings or frames; Racks, modules or packs; Suspension devices; Shock absorbers; Transport or carrying devices; Holders specially adapted for aircraft or vehicles, e.g. cars or trains

19.

Motor vehicle, toy replica, and/or other replica

      
Application Number 29835889
Grant Number D1015213
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-04-22
First Publication Date 2024-02-20
Grant Date 2024-02-20
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Wolff, Max
  • Tocco, Maurizio
  • Dewitt, David
  • Kongsari, Nonthawat

20.

Vehicle wheel

      
Application Number 29781647
Grant Number D1015247
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-04-30
First Publication Date 2024-02-20
Grant Date 2024-02-20
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Melabiotis, Stavros
  • Carbis, Dean

21.

Lamp having optics and illuminating light guides

      
Application Number 18141589
Grant Number 11906128
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-05-01
First Publication Date 2024-02-20
Grant Date 2024-02-20
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Chen, Linsheng
  • Kumar, Arun
  • Schwandt, Brandon J.
  • English, Derek
  • Lara Monarrez, Omar Benjamin

Abstract

A lamp includes a light source, a central lens optically aligned with the light source to receive a first portion of light emitted by the light source and transmit the first portion of light in a first output beam, a side emitting lens generally disposed between the central lens and the light source and arranged to receive a second portion of the light, and a plurality of light guides each having a light input end and operatively coupled to the side emitting lens to receive the second portion of light emitted from the light source that is directed through the side emitting lens and having a light output end, wherein each of the plurality of light guides has a light refraction structure on a first side for directing the second portion of the light in a second output beam from a second side.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F21S 43/241 - Light guides characterised by the shape of the light guide of complex shape
  • F21S 43/247 - Light guides with a single light source being coupled into the light guide
  • F21S 43/14 - Light emitting diodes [LED]
  • F21W 103/35 - Brake lights

22.

Vehicle windshield

      
Application Number 29827247
Grant Number D1015241
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-02-18
First Publication Date 2024-02-20
Grant Date 2024-02-20
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Kim, Soohyoung
  • Depeyster, Damon G.
  • Mangan, William

23.

SYSTEMS, APPARATUS, AND RELATED METHODS FOR VEHICLE SENSOR CALIBRATION

      
Application Number 17885340
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-10
First Publication Date 2024-02-15
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Rutkowski, Brian D.
  • Rutkowski, David John

Abstract

Systems, apparatus, and related methods for vehicle sensor calibration are disclosed. An example vehicle includes a sensor including an output; sensor interface circuitry including a transistor, the sensor interface circuitry communicatively coupled to the output; and processor circuitry communicatively coupled to the sensor via the sensor interface circuitry. The processor circuitry is to cause the transistor to activate to electrically couple the output to one of (a) a ground potential or (b) a voltage source associated with a voltage different than a voltage corresponding to an output voltage range of the sensor; and cause a code to be transmitted to the sensor. The sensor is to perform a calibration in response to the electrical coupling of the output to ground and receipt of the code.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01D 18/00 - Testing or calibrating apparatus or arrangements provided for in groups
  • B60W 50/00 - CONJOINT CONTROL OF VEHICLE SUB-UNITS OF DIFFERENT TYPE OR DIFFERENT FUNCTION; CONTROL SYSTEMS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR HYBRID VEHICLES; ROAD VEHICLE DRIVE CONTROL SYSTEMS FOR PURPOSES NOT RELATED TO THE CONTROL OF A PARTICULAR SUB-UNIT - Details of control systems for road vehicle drive control not related to the control of a particular sub-unit

24.

CARGO ORIENTATION AND ALIGNMENT

      
Application Number 17886694
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-12
First Publication Date 2024-02-15
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Salter, Stuart C.
  • Diamond, Brendan
  • Glickman, David Brian
  • Levine, Eric Scott
  • Wurz, William
  • Rutman, Matthew B.

Abstract

An adjustment system includes at least one base plate, at least one accessory supported by the at least one base plate, and a controller that receives input from at least one sensor. The controller determines a position of the at least one accessory on the at least one base plate and makes a recommendation to adjust a position of the at least one accessory within the vehicle cargo area to increase aerodynamic efficiency.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60R 9/06 - Supplementary fittings on vehicle exterior for carrying loads, e.g. luggage, sports gear or the like at vehicle front or rear
  • B60Q 9/00 - Arrangement or adaptation of signal devices not provided for in one of main groups

25.

BATTERY ENCLOSURE FOR ELECTRIFIED VEHICLE

      
Application Number 18225192
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-07-24
First Publication Date 2024-02-15
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor Gao, Fei

Abstract

The present disclosure provides a vehicle battery enclosure and a corresponding vehicle. The vehicle battery enclosure comprises: an inner frame for supporting battery cells and including inner crossbeams that extend in a vehicle transverse direction and have through crossbeam openings facing a vehicle longitudinal direction; and an outer frame surrounding the inner frame, wherein, each inner crossbeam is connected to the outer frame through a joint component that includes an outer frame engagement area, an inner crossbeam engagement area, and an energy absorbing and connecting area between the outer frame engagement area and the inner crossbeam engagement area.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01M 50/264 - Mountings; Secondary casings or frames; Racks, modules or packs; Suspension devices; Shock absorbers; Transport or carrying devices; Holders with fastening means, e.g. locks for cells or batteries, e.g. straps, tie rods or peripheral frames
  • B60L 50/64 - Constructional details of batteries specially adapted for electric vehicles
  • B60L 50/60 - Electric propulsion with power supplied within the vehicle using propulsion power supplied by batteries or fuel cells using power supplied by batteries
  • H01M 50/271 - Lids or covers for the racks or secondary casings
  • H01M 10/613 - Cooling or keeping cold

26.

ADAPTIVE OFF-ROAD DRIVING FEATURE CONTROL

      
Application Number 17888166
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-15
First Publication Date 2024-02-15
Owner FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Hawley, Taylor
  • Lerner, Jeremy
  • Abdallah, Ali
  • Abouali, Mohammad
  • Huggins, Scott
  • Chen, Xingping
  • Toy, Andrew Edward

Abstract

A system receives a request for course identification and determines specific vehicle off-road capabilities for a vehicle from which the request was received. The system determines, for presentation, one or more courses within a geographic area having terrain over which the vehicle can travel based on the determined capabilities and presents the one or more courses as selectable course options and receive selection of a course from the course options. Also, the system determines, for the selected course, geographic change regions where an optional vehicle feature should be engaged based on crowd-sourced data gathered for the selected course indicating that the vehicle feature is used by more than a threshold number of vehicles while traversing a travel region of the course following the change region and sends the vehicle the geographic change regions and the corresponding vehicle features.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60W 30/182 - Selecting between different operative modes, e.g. comfort and performance modes
  • H04W 4/46 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for vehicles, e.g. vehicle-to-pedestrians [V2P] for vehicle-to-vehicle communication [V2V]
  • B60W 50/14 - Means for informing the driver, warning the driver or prompting a driver intervention

27.

ENERGY ABSORBING DEVICE FOR VEHICLE SEAT

      
Application Number 17819835
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-15
First Publication Date 2024-02-15
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Faruque, Mohammad Omar
  • Jaradi, Dean M.
  • Farooq, S.M. Iskander

Abstract

An assembly includes a vehicle floor. The assembly includes a seat including a pedestal supported by the vehicle floor. The assembly includes a track supported by the vehicle floor. The pedestal is slidable along the track. The assembly includes an energy absorbing device supported by and slidable along the track. The energy absorbing device is between the track and the pedestal. The energy absorbing device is deformable relative to the track.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60N 2/427 - Seats or parts thereof displaced during a crash
  • B60N 2/08 - Seats specially adapted for vehicles; Arrangement or mounting of seats in vehicles the seat or part thereof being movable, e.g. adjustable the whole seat being movable slidable characterised by the locking device
  • B60N 2/07 - Slide construction

28.

VEHICLE CONTROL BASED ON BATTERY TEMPERATURE ESTIMATION

      
Application Number 17884189
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-09
First Publication Date 2024-02-15
Owner FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Li, Yonghua
  • Duan, Xiaohong Nina
  • Jiao, Qi

Abstract

A vehicle includes a battery, a motor, and one or more controllers. The controllers, responsive to data indicative of an internal cell temperature of one or more cells of the battery exceeding a threshold, decrease power output from the battery to the motor. The data is based on a surface temperature of at least one of the cells and a cell heating power parameter derived from a plurality of parameters and via a delay timer and a filter.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60L 58/25 - Methods or circuit arrangements for monitoring or controlling batteries or fuel cells, specially adapted for electric vehicles for monitoring or controlling batteries for controlling the temperature of batteries by controlling the electric load
  • B60L 50/60 - Electric propulsion with power supplied within the vehicle using propulsion power supplied by batteries or fuel cells using power supplied by batteries
  • H02J 7/00 - Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries
  • B60L 3/00 - Electric devices on electrically-propelled vehicles for safety purposes; Monitoring operating variables, e.g. speed, deceleration or energy consumption

29.

SECURE UPDATE AND AUDIT OF ELECTRONIC CONTROL UNITS

      
Application Number 17886127
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-11
First Publication Date 2024-02-15
Owner FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Cardillo, John
  • Raparthi, Satya Meenakshi
  • Jayaraman, Vijayababu
  • Miller, Jason Michael

Abstract

A vehicle ECU receives an ECU update package from a remote source. The ECU verifies a first timestamp included with the ECU update package postdates a second timestamp stored onboard the vehicle in conjunction with a last-successful update of the ECU and obtains a unique vehicle identifier from the vehicle bus. The ECU obtains secure configuration data for the ECU included in a payload of the update package and calculates a first hash value using at least the unique vehicle identifier and the secure configuration data. Also, the ECU validates the update package based on comparison of the first hash value matching a second hash value included in the update package and, responsive to the first timestamp post-dating the second timestamp and validation of the update package, modifies the ECU through use of the secure configuration data.

IPC Classes  ?

30.

VEHICLE SENSING WITH BODY COUPLED COMMUNICATION

      
Application Number 17819787
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-15
First Publication Date 2024-02-15
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Herman, David Michael
  • Jain, Yashanshu

Abstract

A vehicle can include a body coupled communication (BCC) sensor. A computer in the vehicle can detect that an occupant of a vehicle is touching a screen of a user device, based on a signal from the BCC sensor. Further, it can be determined whether the occupant is in the position of the vehicle operator. Upon determining that the occupant is in the position of the vehicle operator, a gaze direction of the occupant of the vehicle can be determined while the occupant is touching the screen. A prediction can then be output that occupant attention is directed to the screen based on the gaze direction and the signal from the BCC sensor.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60W 40/08 - Estimation or calculation of driving parameters for road vehicle drive control systems not related to the control of a particular sub-unit related to drivers or passengers
  • B60K 35/00 - Arrangement or adaptations of instruments

31.

ENHANCED VEHICLE WINDOW ANTI-FOGGING STRATEGY

      
Application Number 18492188
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-10-23
First Publication Date 2024-02-15
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Gutowski, Alan
  • Koberstein, Manfred
  • Johnston, William Stewart

Abstract

A method for defogging a window of a vehicle includes steps of automatically selecting a climate control system operating mode and determining a risk of window fogging. The climate control system operating mode is selected from an outside air mode, an air-conditioning mode, and a defrost mode. A controller determines the risk of window fogging according to one or more inputs, and the same or a different controller may automatically select the climate control system operating mode. The controller is configured to increase a climate control system blower speed to increase a rate of airflow provided by the currently-actuated climate control system operating mode. The controller may sequentially advance the climate control system operating mode through the outside air mode, air-conditioning mode, and defrost mode.

IPC Classes  ?

32.

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AUTOMATED PACKAGE TRANSLATION

      
Application Number 17818815
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-10
First Publication Date 2024-02-15
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Lundeen, Kurt Michael
  • Vincent, John Randolf
  • Feldkamp, Timothy Mark
  • Chen, Yifan
  • Fry, Justen

Abstract

Automated package translation apparatuses and methods are disclosed herein. An example apparatus can include a grid having a plurality of tiles, each of the plurality of tiles including translation members that are controlled by translation motors, the translation members providing movement of a bin in at least two directions, as well as gates that allow or prevent the bin from translating across a tile to an adjacent tile. The gates can be controlled by gate motors. A controller having a processor and memory, the processor executes instructions stored in the memory to activate the translation motors and the gate motors in a predetermined sequence to move the bin from a first tile to a second tile.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B65G 1/04 - Storage devices mechanical
  • B65G 13/07 - Roller driving means having endless driving elements

33.

Electrified Vehicle Traction Powertrain Module Having Externally Integrated Fuse Box

      
Application Number 17883681
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-09
First Publication Date 2024-02-15
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Baydoun, Mohammed Michael
  • Ghanim, Senate
  • Wilson, David A.

Abstract

A high-voltage module, such as a traction battery, a traction inverter, or a DC/DC converter of a traction powertrain of an electrified vehicle (EV), includes an enclosure, an electronics assembly for performing electrical power operations, and a fuse box for providing a power distribution and fuse protection arrangement to the electronics assembly. The enclosure includes a main enclosure portion and a secondary enclosure portion integrated together. The electronics assembly is housed within the main enclosure portion and the fuse box is housed within the secondary enclosure portion.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60R 16/023 - Electric or fluid circuits specially adapted for vehicles and not otherwise provided for; Arrangement of elements of electric or fluid circuits specially adapted for vehicles and not otherwise provided for electric for transmission of signals between vehicle parts or subsystems
  • H02G 3/08 - Distribution boxes; Connection or junction boxes

34.

Vehicle Sensor Cleaning Device That Provides Air and Liquid Cleaning Streams and Vehicle Sensor System

      
Application Number 17818871
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-10
First Publication Date 2024-02-15
Owner FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGEIS, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Castellanos, Carlos Francisco Maciel
  • Perez, Pablo Arturo Zuniga

Abstract

A cleaning device for a vehicle sensor includes: a housing having an open first end, an open second end, and a passageway extending between the open first end and the open second end; and at least one nozzle at least partially positioned within the passageway of the housing. The at least one nozzle includes an outlet that provides at least one liquid stream through the open first end of the housing towards a lens or cover of the vehicle sensor. The housing is positioned such that air streams passing through the passageway pass through the open first end of the housing towards the lens or cover of the vehicle sensor with the at least one liquid stream. A sensor assembly and sensor system including the cleaning device are also disclosed herein.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60S 1/56 - Cleaning windscreens, windows, or optical devices specially adapted for cleaning other parts or devices than front windows or windscreens
  • B60S 1/54 - Cleaning windscreens, windows, or optical devices using gas, e.g. hot air
  • B60S 1/52 - Arrangement of nozzles
  • B60S 1/50 - Arrangement of reservoir
  • B60S 1/48 - Liquid supply therefor
  • G02B 27/00 - Optical systems or apparatus not provided for by any of the groups ,
  • H04N 5/225 - Television cameras

35.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ASSEMBLING A ROTOR STACK FOR AN ELECTRIC MOTOR

      
Application Number 18494123
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-10-25
First Publication Date 2024-02-15
Owner
  • Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
  • ABB Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Briscoe, Mark E.
  • Sochacki, Nick
  • Marrocco, Al
  • Bell, Arnold
  • Jozwiak, James

Abstract

The present disclosure includes a method of assembling a plurality of rotor cores for an electric converter. The method includes providing a core robotic system employing force control feedback and an insert assembly robotic (IAR) system; placing a rotor core of the plurality of rotor cores on a mandrel by the core robotic system employing force control feedback, wherein each rotor core from the plurality of rotor cores includes a plurality of cavities; and placing a plurality of magnetizable inserts into the plurality of cavities in the rotor core by the insert assembly robotic (IAR) system employing force control feedback.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B25J 9/16 - Programme controls
  • B25J 13/08 - Controls for manipulators by means of sensing devices, e.g. viewing or touching devices
  • B25J 9/00 - Programme-controlled manipulators
  • H02K 15/03 - Methods or apparatus specially adapted for manufacturing, assembling, maintaining or repairing of dynamo-electric machines of stator or rotor bodies having permanent magnets

36.

ADJUSTABLE BASE PLATE

      
Application Number 17886663
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-12
First Publication Date 2024-02-15
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Rutman, Matthew B.
  • Levine, Eric Scott
  • Azzouz, Michael M.
  • Salter, Stuart C.
  • Sturges, Jeffrey R.
  • Wurz, William
  • Glickman, David Brian

Abstract

An adjustable base plate system includes a first track structure configured to extend along one side of a vehicle cargo area and a second track structure configured to extend along an opposite side of a vehicle cargo area. At least one base plate has a first edge and a second edge opposite of the first edge, wherein the first edge is supported by the first track structure and the second edge is supported by the second track structure. The first track structure and the second track structure each comprise at least a first tier track and a second tier track such that a distance between a bottom surface of the at least one base plate and a support surface of the vehicle cargo area can be adjusted.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B62D 33/08 - Superstructures for load-carrying vehicles characterised by the connection of the superstructure to the vehicle frame comprising adjustable means
  • B60P 7/08 - Securing to vehicle floor or sides
  • B60R 5/04 - Compartments within vehicle body primarily intended or sufficiently spacious for trunks, suit-cases, or the like arranged at rear of vehicle

37.

DETECTION OF AUTONOMOUS OPERATION OF A VEHICLE

      
Application Number 17819430
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-12
First Publication Date 2024-02-15
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Herman, David Michael
  • Shanku, Alexander George
  • Jain, Yashanshu

Abstract

A computer includes a processor and a memory, and the memory stores instructions executable by the processor to receive operation data generated by first components of a vehicle; determine that the vehicle is being operated autonomously by an on-board autonomous-operation module based on the operation data without using output from the on-board autonomous-operation module; and upon determining that the vehicle is being operated autonomously, actuate a second component of the vehicle.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G05D 1/00 - Control of position, course, altitude, or attitude of land, water, air, or space vehicles, e.g. automatic pilot
  • B60W 50/14 - Means for informing the driver, warning the driver or prompting a driver intervention
  • B60W 40/08 - Estimation or calculation of driving parameters for road vehicle drive control systems not related to the control of a particular sub-unit related to drivers or passengers

38.

BATTERY CELL AND MODULE AGING

      
Application Number 17886898
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-12
First Publication Date 2024-02-15
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Park, Kyungjin
  • Utley, Brian
  • Frederick, Mary
  • Han, Daewon
  • Paik, Chi

Abstract

A positive electrode for a lithium-ion battery includes a current collector a positive electrode active layer disposed over the current collector. The positive electrode active layer is composed of a positive electrode composition includes a first positive electrode active material that has been aged for a first predetermined time period.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01M 4/58 - Selection of substances as active materials, active masses, active liquids of polyanionic structures, e.g. phosphates, silicates or borates
  • H01M 10/0525 - Rocking-chair batteries, i.e. batteries with lithium insertion or intercalation in both electrodes; Lithium-ion batteries
  • H01M 4/04 - Processes of manufacture in general

39.

NET SHAPE PROCESSING OF PERMANENT MAGNET BY FIELD ASSISTED SINTERING

      
Application Number 17885119
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-10
First Publication Date 2024-02-15
Owner FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Li, Wanfeng
  • Degner, Michael W.

Abstract

Magnets having various portions of different densities and resistivities are disclosed. In a refinement, the various portions may have the same composition but different physical structures. Unique dies may be used to during processing, such as during sintering to manufacture the magnets. The die may include conductive and non-conductive surfaces that contact the green magnetic powder mixture during sintering such that the electrical current applied to the magnetic powder mixture is managed by the conductive and non-conductive surfaces to provide unique and complex magnets. Methods of manufacturing the magnets with the dies such as field assisted sintering, i.e., spark plasma sintering, are also disclosed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01F 7/02 - Permanent magnets
  • H01F 41/02 - Apparatus or processes specially adapted for manufacturing or assembling magnets, inductances or transformers; Apparatus or processes specially adapted for manufacturing materials characterised by their magnetic properties for manufacturing cores, coils or magnets
  • B22F 3/105 - Sintering only by using electric current, laser radiation or plasma

40.

SYSTEM FOR OPERATING OFF-ROAD ELECTRIC VEHICLES

      
Application Number 17886647
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-12
First Publication Date 2024-02-15
Owner FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Kucab, Gregory
  • Powers, Jacob Gregory
  • Horan, David Michael
  • Pellerin, Mark A.

Abstract

A vehicle power system includes a motor, a battery, and one or more controllers. The motor is configured to propel the vehicle. The battery is configured to supply power to the motor. The one or more controllers are programmed to, responsive to detecting a wheel slip or a longitudinal tractive force being outside a preferred range, adjust an accelerator pedal mapping such that a same amount of accelerator pedal travel before the adjustment corresponds to an amount of mechanical power output by the motor that is different than an amount of mechanical power output by the motor after the adjustment.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60W 40/09 - Driving style or behaviour
  • B60W 40/101 - Side slip angle of tyre
  • B60W 20/20 - Control strategies involving selection of hybrid configuration, e.g. selection between series or parallel configuration

41.

OBSTACLE AVOIDANCE FOR VEHICLE

      
Application Number 17818724
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-10
First Publication Date 2024-02-15
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Srinivasan, Mohit
  • Tseng, Hongtei Eric
  • Hafner, Michael
  • Jankovic, Mrdjan J.
  • Sharma, Abhishek
  • Sumer, Erol Dogan
  • Jaeckel, Alexander
  • Mehra, Aakar

Abstract

A computer includes a processor and a memory, the memory storing instructions executable by the processor to receive sensor data indicating an obstacle, formulate a control barrier function for a vehicle based on the sensor data, determine a control input based on the control barrier function, and actuate a component of the vehicle according to the control input. The control barrier function is defined with respect to a reference point that is spaced from a centroid of the vehicle.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60W 30/09 - Taking automatic action to avoid collision, e.g. braking and steering

42.

VEHICLE SENSOR ASSEMBLY

      
Application Number 17818428
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-09
First Publication Date 2024-02-15
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Hamilton, Tyler D.
  • Robertson, Jr., Michael
  • Krishnan, Venkatesh
  • Silva, Camila

Abstract

A sensor assembly includes a bracket fixed to a frame of a vehicle, two environmental sensors fixed to the bracket, and an insulating plate positioned between the environmental sensors and an inside of the vehicle. The sensor assembly may enhance the operation of the environmental sensors. Mounting both environmental sensors to the same bracket can permit more stringent position tolerances to be met by the environmental sensors compared to independently mounting the environmental sensors to the frame of the vehicle. Moreover, the bracket can provide a reference for locating the insulating plate. Additionally, the insulating plate can isolate the environmental sensors from heat generated by the vehicle, permitting the environmental sensors to more easily be kept within a temperature range for reliable operation. Finally, the same insulating plate can be used for both environmental sensors, in part due to the common position from the bracket.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60R 11/04 - Mounting of cameras operative during drive; Arrangement of controls thereof relative to the vehicle

43.

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR INDICATIONS IN AUTOMATED VEHICLE HOLD SYSTEMS

      
Application Number 17888307
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-15
First Publication Date 2024-02-15
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • James, Alex
  • Perlick, Donald A.
  • Cao, Bang Kim

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for indications in automated vehicle hold systems are disclosed. An example apparatus includes determining that the automated vehicle hold system is active. Based on the determination that the automated vehicle hold system is active, initiating a delay timer. Prior to the delay timer elapsing, providing, by executing instructions with at least one processor, a first indication corresponding to the auto hold not being engaged, and upon the delay timer elapsing, providing a second indication corresponding to the auto hold being engaged.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07C 5/08 - Registering or indicating performance data other than driving, working, idle, or waiting time, with or without registering driving, working, idle, or waiting time
  • B60T 7/12 - Brake-action initiating means for initiation not subject to will of driver or passenger

44.

VEHICLE POSE MANAGEMENT

      
Application Number 17818447
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-09
First Publication Date 2024-02-15
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Shrivastava, Shubham
  • Ghadge, Bhushan
  • Chakravarty, Punarjay

Abstract

A computer includes a processor and a memory, and the memory stores instructions executable by the processor to receive an image frame from a camera, the image frame showing a vehicle, determine a two-dimensional bounding box around the vehicle in the image frame, determine a first three-dimensional point that is an intersection between (a) a ray extending from the camera through a center of the two-dimensional bounding box and (b) a first plane that is parallel to a ground plane, determine a second three-dimensional point on the vehicle, and determine an orientation of the vehicle based on the first three-dimensional point, the second three-dimensional point, and the ground plane. The ground plane represents a surface on which the vehicle sits.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06T 7/73 - Determining position or orientation of objects or cameras using feature-based methods

45.

MULTI-LAYERED COATING FORMED BY DIFFERENT PROCESSES

      
Application Number 17886555
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-12
First Publication Date 2024-02-15
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Kwak, Gunho
  • Pietrasz, Patrick
  • Paik, Chi

Abstract

A method for forming one or more layers of a lithium-ion battery includes a step of sequentially depositing a wet coating and a free-standing material layer onto a moving substrate to form a first bilayer on the substrate. The first bilayer including a wet coating-derived layer and the free-standing material layer. The first bilayer is heat roll pressed to form a second bilayer in which the wet coating-derived layer is at least partially dried and adhered to the free-standing material layer.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01M 4/04 - Processes of manufacture in general
  • H01M 4/36 - Selection of substances as active materials, active masses, active liquids

46.

CROWD-BASED MONITORING OF BRAKE OVERHEATING USING MULTIPLE MODALITIES

      
Application Number 17883900
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-09
First Publication Date 2024-02-15
Owner FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Ghannam, Mahmoud Y.
  • Dudar, Aed M.
  • Bennie, Brian G.
  • Lollo, Frank L.
  • Velusamy, Sai Prasanth

Abstract

An apparatus in a host vehicle evaluates neighboring vehicles on a roadway for problems relating to braking performance. A plurality of remote sensors are configured to generate sensor data indicative of abnormalities of the brakes of the neighboring vehicles. A control circuit is configured to process the sensor data to identify a neighboring vehicle exhibiting an abnormality. A communication circuit wirelessly transmits a message to the neighboring vehicle conveying the abnormality. The host vehicle may include a driver assistance system responsive to the abnormality to initiate an evasive maneuver of the host vehicle in order to avoid a path of the neighboring vehicle which exhibits the abnormality.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60W 30/09 - Taking automatic action to avoid collision, e.g. braking and steering
  • B60W 30/18 - Propelling the vehicle
  • G06V 20/58 - Recognition of moving objects or obstacles, e.g. vehicles or pedestrians; Recognition of traffic objects, e.g. traffic signs, traffic lights or roads
  • G06V 10/25 - Determination of region of interest [ROI] or a volume of interest [VOI]
  • G06T 7/00 - Image analysis

47.

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TRANSFORMING AUTONOMOUS AERIAL VEHICLE SENSOR DATA BETWEEN PLATFORMS

      
Application Number 17819124
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-11
First Publication Date 2024-02-15
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Chao, Steven
  • Kumar, Ganesh
  • Mallik, Apurbaa

Abstract

Systems and methods for transforming autonomous aerial vehicle sensor data between platforms are disclosed herein. An example method can include receiving, by an UAV, vehicle radar data and radar calibration data from a vehicle, as well as location information for a location of the vehicle, determining a simulated UAV at the location, establishing an orientation for a simulated radar on a bottom of the simulated UAV, determining a height for the simulated UAV to match a field of view of the simulated radar, performing a geometrical transformation to convert the vehicle radar data set into a UAV perspective, converting the vehicle radar data into a vehicle coordinate frame using the radar calibration using vehicle global positioning system (GPS) coordinates, converting the vehicle coordinate frame from a global frame into a UAV coordinate frame using UAV GPS coordinates, and converting the UAV coordinate frame into simulated radar sensor frame.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01S 19/23 - Testing, monitoring, correcting or calibrating of a receiver element
  • G01S 19/24 - Acquisition or tracking of signals transmitted by the system

48.

OBJECT POSITION ESTIMATION WITH CALIBRATED SENSORS

      
Application Number 17819331
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-12
First Publication Date 2024-02-15
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor Olutomilayo, Kunle

Abstract

A system is disclosed that includes a computer that includes a processor and a memory, the memory including instructions executable by the processor to acquire a first image with a sensor, wherein the sensor is calibrated with a fiducial marker to determine a real world location of a reference plane. An image of an object is acquired with the sensor to determine that the object is located on the reference plane by determining object feature points. A location of the object is determined in real world coordinates including depth based on the object feature points. The system is operated based on the location of the object.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60D 1/36 - Traction couplings; Hitches; Draw-gear; Towing devices characterised by arrangements for particular functions for facilitating connection, e.g. hitch catchers
  • B60R 1/00 - Optical viewing arrangements; Real-time viewing arrangements for drivers or passengers using optical image capturing systems, e.g. cameras or video systems specially adapted for use in or on vehicles

49.

TRACTION BATTERY PACK VENTING ASSEMBLY AND VENTING METHOD

      
Application Number 17887837
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-15
First Publication Date 2024-02-15
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor Zhang, Xiaogang

Abstract

A battery pack venting assembly includes a battery pack vent that communicates a flow of vented gas through a vented gas passage from a vented gas inlet to a vented gas outlet. The battery pack vent has at least one ambient air passage configured to communicate ambient air into the vented gas passage.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01M 50/342 - Non-re-sealable arrangements
  • H01M 50/211 - Racks, modules or packs for multiple batteries or multiple cells characterised by their shape adapted for pouch cells
  • H01M 50/249 - Mountings; Secondary casings or frames; Racks, modules or packs; Suspension devices; Shock absorbers; Transport or carrying devices; Holders specially adapted for aircraft or vehicles, e.g. cars or trains

50.

Electrified Vehicle Traction Powertrain Module Having Removably Insertable Fuse Box

      
Application Number 17883672
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-09
First Publication Date 2024-02-15
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Baydoun, Mohammed Michael
  • Ghanim, Senate
  • Acevski, Darko
  • Hughes, Douglas G.

Abstract

A high-voltage module, such as a traction battery, a traction inverter, or a DC/DC converter of a traction powertrain of an electrified vehicle (EV), includes an enclosure and a fuse box. An electronics assembly for performing electrical power operations is housed within the enclosure. The enclosure has a socket. The fuse box is removably insertable into the socket of the enclosure. The fuse box connects to the electronics assembly while the fuse box is inserted into the socket of the enclosure for the fuse box to provide a power distribution and fuse protection arrangement to the electronics assembly.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01H 85/20 - Bases for supporting the fuse; Separate parts thereof
  • B60R 16/023 - Electric or fluid circuits specially adapted for vehicles and not otherwise provided for; Arrangement of elements of electric or fluid circuits specially adapted for vehicles and not otherwise provided for electric for transmission of signals between vehicle parts or subsystems

51.

INTERFACE MATERIALS FOR COMPOSITE MAGNETS

      
Application Number 17886937
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-12
First Publication Date 2024-02-15
Owner FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (USA)
Inventor Rong, Chuanbing

Abstract

Composite magnets such as for electrical machines in vehicles are disclosed. The composite magnets have an interface phase that is different than the magnetically-hard phase and the magnetically-soft phase to ease the transition or create a gradual transition from between the hard and soft phases of the composite magnet. The addition of, for example, an interface layer maintains or enhances performance of the magnetic properties even with higher grain sizes such as beyond the nanoscale level.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01F 1/057 - Alloys characterised by their composition containing rare earth metals and magnetic transition metals, e.g. SmCo5 and IIIa elements, e.g. Nd2Fe14B

52.

Display screen with graphical user interface

      
Application Number 29889546
Grant Number D1014542
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-04-13
First Publication Date 2024-02-13
Grant Date 2024-02-13
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Niewiadomski, Luke
  • Trombley, Roger
  • Raeis Hosseiny, Seyed Armin
  • Bao, Bo
  • Rouen, Katherine
  • Dion, Benjamin
  • Cundiff, Clay

53.

Vehicle headlight

      
Application Number 29799263
Grant Number D1014834
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-07-13
First Publication Date 2024-02-13
Grant Date 2024-02-13
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Curic, Kemal
  • Lucas, Earl
  • Wehrly, Shawn
  • Nguyen, Viet

54.

System and method for close-in-bore learning for a hybrid vehicle

      
Application Number 17821325
Grant Number 11897476
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-08-22
First Publication Date 2024-02-13
Grant Date 2024-02-13
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Panhans, Justin
  • Lee, Minku
  • Syed, Fazal U.
  • Bolthouse, Alec
  • Connolly, Francis Thomas
  • Holland, Josh

Abstract

Systems and methods for performing closed-in-bore diagnostics for a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, select operating conditions may be evaluated before closed-in-bore diagnostics may be initiated. In addition, charging of one or more batteries may be reduced to ensure that an engine throttle may operate with a small opening amount to evaluate the presence or absence of sludge in the engine throttle.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60W 20/50 - Control strategies for responding to system failures, e.g. for fault diagnosis, failsafe operation or limp mode
  • B60W 50/02 - Ensuring safety in case of control system failures, e.g. by diagnosing, circumventing or fixing failures
  • F02D 11/06 - Arrangements for, or adaptations to, non-automatic engine control initiation means, e.g. operator initiated characterised by non-mechanical control linkages, e.g. fluid control linkages or by control linkages with power drive or assistance
  • F02D 9/10 - Throttle valves specially adapted therefor; Arrangements of such valves in conduits having pivotally-mounted flaps
  • B60W 30/192 - Mitigating problems related to power-up or power-down of the driveline, e.g. start-up of a cold engine
  • B60W 10/06 - Conjoint control of vehicle sub-units of different type or different function including control of propulsion units including control of combustion engines
  • B60W 10/08 - Conjoint control of vehicle sub-units of different type or different function including control of propulsion units including control of electric propulsion units, e.g. motors or generators
  • F02D 11/10 - Arrangements for, or adaptations to, non-automatic engine control initiation means, e.g. operator initiated characterised by non-mechanical control linkages, e.g. fluid control linkages or by control linkages with power drive or assistance of the electric type

55.

Hitch integrated deployable umbrella system with sound exciter

      
Application Number 17883988
Grant Number 11902763
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-08-09
First Publication Date 2024-02-13
Grant Date 2024-02-13
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Salter, Stuart C.
  • Berry, Hussein
  • O'Gorman, Ryan
  • Jacobsen, Gabriella
  • Dellock, Paul Kenneth
  • Huebner, Annette Lynn

Abstract

An apparatus includes, among other things, a support configured to be connected to a power source and at least one rigid panel attached to the support. The at least one rigid panel is moveable between a deployed position and a stowed position. At least one exciter is supported on the at least one rigid panel and is configured to selectively generate sound when powered by the power source.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04R 7/06 - Plane diaphragms comprising a plurality of sections or layers
  • B60R 11/02 - Arrangements for holding or mounting articles, not otherwise provided for for radio sets, television sets, telephones, or the like; Arrangement of controls thereof

56.

Methods and system for engine cold starting

      
Application Number 18168816
Grant Number 11898512
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-02-14
First Publication Date 2024-02-13
Grant Date 2024-02-13
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Zhang, Xiaogang
  • Wooldridge, Steven
  • Coulson, Gary
  • Reiche, David Bruce

Abstract

Systems and methods for cold starting an internal combustion engine are described. In one example, fuel is delivered in four equal amounts into a cylinder during a cycle of the cylinder. The fuel is injected so as to reduce cylinder wall wetting, raise combustion stability, and increase exhaust system heating.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F02D 41/06 - Introducing corrections for particular operating conditions for engine starting or warming up
  • F02D 13/02 - Controlling the engine output power by varying inlet or exhaust valve operating characteristics, e.g. timing during engine operation
  • F02D 41/40 - Controlling fuel injection of the high pressure type with means for controlling injection timing or duration
  • F02P 5/15 - Digital data processing
  • F02D 41/38 - Controlling fuel injection of the high pressure type

57.

Brake controller

      
Application Number 29772331
Grant Number D1014356
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-03-01
First Publication Date 2024-02-13
Grant Date 2024-02-13
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Sims, Russell
  • Diehl, Cary Ochen

58.

BRAKE ASSIST DURING VEHICLE ONE PEDAL DRIVE

      
Application Number 18491180
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-10-20
First Publication Date 2024-02-08
Owner FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Bolger, Bryan Michael
  • Semenov, Sergey Gennadievich
  • Hoop, Joshua
  • O'Donnell, Devin James

Abstract

Responsive to accelerator pedal release and a speed of a vehicle being less than a threshold in a presence of indication that available powertrain torque has been reduced for at least a predetermined period of time during an absence of brake pedal engagement, a controller operates friction brakes to bring the vehicle to a stop. Responsive to accelerator pedal release and the speed being less than the threshold in an absence of the indication that available powertrain torque has been reduced and brake pedal engagement, the controller operates an electric machine and not the friction brakes to bring the vehicle to a stop.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60W 10/184 - Conjoint control of vehicle sub-units of different type or different function including control of braking systems with wheel brakes
  • B60W 10/04 - Conjoint control of vehicle sub-units of different type or different function including control of propulsion units
  • B60W 10/196 - Conjoint control of vehicle sub-units of different type or different function including control of braking systems acting within the driveline, e.g. retarders

59.

LITHIUM AND MANGANESE RICH POSITIVE ACTIVE MATERIAL COMPOSITIONS

      
Application Number 17816851
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-02
First Publication Date 2024-02-08
Owner FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Lee, Eunsung
  • Paik, Chi

Abstract

A positive electrode active material includes a compound represented by formula 1: A positive electrode active material includes a compound represented by formula 1: Li(1.333-0.667x-y)Mn(0.667-0.333x)NixMyO2 or Li(4/3-2/3x-y)Mn(2/3-1/3x)NixMyO2  (1) A positive electrode active material includes a compound represented by formula 1: Li(1.333-0.667x-y)Mn(0.667-0.333x)NixMyO2 or Li(4/3-2/3x-y)Mn(2/3-1/3x)NixMyO2  (1) wherein, M is Co, Cr, or a combination thereof, 0.13

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01M 4/525 - Selection of substances as active materials, active masses, active liquids of inorganic oxides or hydroxides of nickel, cobalt or iron of mixed oxides or hydroxides containing iron, cobalt or nickel for inserting or intercalating light metals, e.g. LiNiO2, LiCoO2 or LiCoOxFy
  • H01M 10/0525 - Rocking-chair batteries, i.e. batteries with lithium insertion or intercalation in both electrodes; Lithium-ion batteries
  • H01M 10/44 - Methods for charging or discharging

60.

LOCAL COMPUTE CAMERA CALIBRATION

      
Application Number 17817530
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-04
First Publication Date 2024-02-08
Owner FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (USA)
Inventor Herman, David Michael

Abstract

Utilizing local camera compute for camera calibration is provided. Perception outputs are generated, by respective camera processors of each of a plurality of cameras, the perception outputs indicating properties of calibration references located in raw images captured by the respective camera. In a calibration mode, a camera controller, in communication with the plurality of cameras over a data bus, receives the perception outputs from the plurality of cameras. In a runtime mode, the camera controller utilizes calibration data generated based on the perception outputs to fuse compressed images received from the plurality of cameras over the data bus into a combined surround view.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 5/232 - Devices for controlling television cameras, e.g. remote control
  • H04N 7/18 - Closed-circuit television [CCTV] systems, i.e. systems in which the video signal is not broadcast
  • H04N 9/73 - Colour balance circuits, e.g. white balance circuits or colour temperature control

61.

SPOOF IMAGES FOR USER AUTHENTICATION

      
Application Number 17817665
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-05
First Publication Date 2024-02-08
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Refat, Rafi Ud Daula
  • Malik, Hafiz
  • Hassani, Ali
  • Miller, Justin

Abstract

A facial recognition authentication system and method include obtaining a current image in response to a request for facial recognition authentication of a user. A set of current image features are generated from the input image. Live image features and spoof image features are retrieved for the user. Then a determination is output that the input image is one of live or spoofed based on a comparison of the current image features to the live image features and the spoof image features.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06V 40/40 - Spoof detection, e.g. liveness detection
  • G06V 40/16 - Human faces, e.g. facial parts, sketches or expressions
  • G06V 40/50 - Maintenance of biometric data or enrolment thereof
  • G06V 10/82 - Arrangements for image or video recognition or understanding using pattern recognition or machine learning using neural networks

62.

ASYMMETRIC AND SYMMETRIC ELECTROCHEMICAL ARRAYS

      
Application Number 17880243
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-03
First Publication Date 2024-02-08
Owner FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Utley, Brian
  • Han, Daewon
  • Fredrick, Mary
  • Paik, Chi

Abstract

Electrochemical cell arrays such as battery packs having cells of different sizes and/or thicknesses is disclosed. For example, the cells in an array may progressively increase or decrease in size or thickness from a first end to a second end such that a gradient in thickness is created. Alternatively, the gradient may be from the center to the outside. In a variation, the first and second endplates may be of different sizes or thicknesses.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01M 50/267 - Mountings; Secondary casings or frames; Racks, modules or packs; Suspension devices; Shock absorbers; Transport or carrying devices; Holders having means for adapting to batteries or cells of different types or different sizes
  • H01M 50/204 - Racks, modules or packs for multiple batteries or multiple cells
  • H01M 10/0525 - Rocking-chair batteries, i.e. batteries with lithium insertion or intercalation in both electrodes; Lithium-ion batteries

63.

DIVERSE ELECTRODE CELL FOR ADJUSTABLE CURRENT DISTRIBUTION

      
Application Number 17880263
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-03
First Publication Date 2024-02-08
Owner FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Han, Daewon
  • Park, Kyungjin
  • Paik, Chi

Abstract

Electrochemical stacks such as lithium-ion battery stacks and methods of assembling the same are disclosed. The stacks may include various electrochemical cells having different attributes. In one variation, the outer electrochemical cells may be different than the inner electrochemical cells. For example, the electrodes of the outer cells and inner cells may have different compositions, loading levels, and/or thicknesses. In a refinement, the separators of the outer cells and inner cells may have different thicknesses or porosities.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01M 10/0585 - Construction or manufacture of accumulators having only flat construction elements, i.e. flat positive electrodes, flat negative electrodes and flat separators
  • H01M 50/102 - Primary casings, jackets or wrappings of a single cell or a single battery characterised by their shape or physical structure
  • H01M 50/204 - Racks, modules or packs for multiple batteries or multiple cells
  • H01M 10/0525 - Rocking-chair batteries, i.e. batteries with lithium insertion or intercalation in both electrodes; Lithium-ion batteries
  • H01M 10/04 - Construction or manufacture in general
  • B60L 50/64 - Constructional details of batteries specially adapted for electric vehicles
  • H01M 10/42 - Methods or arrangements for servicing or maintenance of secondary cells or secondary half-cells

64.

AUTOMOTIVE DC/AC POWER INVERTER AND POWER OUTLET WITH PLUG-DETECT MODE

      
Application Number 17881232
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-04
First Publication Date 2024-02-08
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Guadarrama, Jesus
  • Vazquez, Tania Cristina
  • Arias, Oswaldo
  • Denicia, Enrique

Abstract

A DC/AC power inverter of an automotive vehicle receives DC power, outputs DC power to an electrical outlet of the automotive vehicle and, responsive to receiving a communication signal from the electrical outlet indicating a plug has been electrically coupled with the electrical outlet, outputs AC power to the electrical outlet.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01R 13/66 - Structural association with built-in electrical component
  • B60L 53/30 - Constructional details of charging stations
  • B60L 53/16 - Connectors, e.g. plugs or sockets, specially adapted for charging electric vehicles

65.

PRESSURE EQUALIZATION DEVICES FOR TRACTION BATTERY PACKS

      
Application Number 17882736
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-08
First Publication Date 2024-02-08
Owner FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Rink, Alexander Robert
  • Conti, Nathaniel
  • Gupte, Parikshit S.
  • Gray, Ryan Scott

Abstract

Traction battery pack designs are disclosed for use in electrified vehicles. Exemplary traction battery packs may include an outer enclosure assembly establishing an interior, and a battery array housed within the interior. A pressure equalization device may be disposed within a wall of the outer enclosure assembly and may be configured to both equalize the pressure inside the battery pack during normal battery operations and to prevent the unintended release of battery vent byproducts during battery thermal events.

IPC Classes  ?

66.

PROJECTOR ARRANGEMENT FOR A VEHICLE

      
Application Number 17883084
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-08
First Publication Date 2024-02-08
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Mohar Castillo, María Fernanda
  • Olivares Espinosa, Ligia
  • Reyes Pardo, Emiliano
  • Pérez Trueba, Gabriel

Abstract

A projector arrangement for a vehicle includes an attachment mechanism that selectively couples with a rear door of the vehicle. The projector arrangement further includes a video projector coupled with the attachment mechanism. The video projector is configured to project image data in a direction toward the vehicle when the rear door is in an open position. A portable container selectively houses the attachment mechanism and the video projector.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 9/31 - Projection devices for colour picture display
  • B60R 11/02 - Arrangements for holding or mounting articles, not otherwise provided for for radio sets, television sets, telephones, or the like; Arrangement of controls thereof
  • E05B 85/12 - Inner door handles

67.

NEURAL RADIANCE FIELD FOR VEHICLE

      
Application Number 18358438
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-07-25
First Publication Date 2024-02-08
Owner
  • Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
  • THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN (USA)
Inventor
  • Carlson, Alexandra
  • Jaipuria, Nikita
  • Chakravarty, Punarjay
  • Srinivasan Ramanagopal, Manikandasriram
  • Vasudevan, Ramanarayan
  • Skinner, Katherine

Abstract

A computer includes a processor and a memory, and the memory stores instructions executable by the processor to jointly train a geometric NeRF multilayer perceptron (MLP) and a color NeRF MLP to model a scene using an occupancy grid map, camera data of the scene from a camera, and lidar data of the scene from a lidar; supervise the geometric NeRF MLP with the lidar data during the joint training; and supervise the color NeRF MLP with the camera data during the joint training. The geometric NeRF MLP is a neural radiance field modeling a geometry of the scene, and the color NeRF MLP is a neural radiance field modeling colors of the scene.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06T 17/00 - 3D modelling for computer graphics
  • G06T 15/06 - Ray-tracing
  • G06T 7/90 - Determination of colour characteristics
  • G06T 7/521 - Depth or shape recovery from the projection of structured light

68.

LANE ASSISTANCE FOR VEHICLES WITH TRAILERS

      
Application Number 17816739
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-02
First Publication Date 2024-02-08
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Lewandowski, Andrew Denis
  • Barrett, Jordan
  • Diamond, Brendan Francis
  • Weston, Keith

Abstract

Orientations of a vehicle with an attached trailer can be specified for obtaining respective images of the trailer. Respective images of the trailer captured by a vehicle camera at the specified orientations can then be received. The images can be input to a machine learning program trained to output trailer size metrics. The vehicle can then be controlled according to the trailer size metrics output from the machine learning program.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B62D 13/00 - Steering specially adapted for trailers
  • H04W 4/44 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for vehicles, e.g. vehicle-to-pedestrians [V2P] for communication between vehicles and infrastructures, e.g. vehicle-to-cloud [V2C] or vehicle-to-home [V2H]
  • G06T 7/62 - Analysis of geometric attributes of area, perimeter, diameter or volume
  • G06T 7/70 - Determining position or orientation of objects or cameras
  • B62D 15/02 - Steering position indicators

69.

DE-BIASING DATASETS FOR MACHINE LEARNING

      
Application Number 17817235
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-03
First Publication Date 2024-02-08
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Jaipuria, Nikita
  • Zhang, Xianling
  • Stevo, Katherine
  • Jain, Jinesh
  • Nariyambut Murali, Vidya
  • Gaopande, Meghana Laxmidhar

Abstract

A computer includes a processor and a memory storing instructions executable by the processor to receive a dataset of images; extract feature data from the images; optimize a number of clusters into which the images are classified based on the feature data; for each cluster, optimize a number of subclusters into which the images in that cluster are classified; determine a metric indicating a bias of the dataset toward at least one of the clusters or subclusters based on the number of clusters, the numbers of subclusters, distances between the respective clusters, and distances between the respective subclusters; and after determining the metric, train a machine-learning program using a training set constructed from the clusters and the subclusters.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06V 10/778 - Active pattern-learning, e.g. online learning of image or video features
  • G06V 10/77 - Arrangements for image or video recognition or understanding using pattern recognition or machine learning using data integration or data reduction, e.g. principal component analysis [PCA] or independent component analysis [ICA] or self-organising maps [SOM]; Blind source separation

70.

CONTROL OF DUAL COMPRESSOR CLIMATE SYSTEM

      
Application Number 17879333
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-02
First Publication Date 2024-02-08
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Chang, Jennifer Helen
  • Shrivastava, Rohan
  • Dunn, Brett Allen
  • Mazaira, Jordan

Abstract

While a speed of a first compressor during operation is less than a threshold speed, a speed of a second compressor during operation is prevented from falling below a minimum threshold speed that is defined by a sum of the speed of the first compressor and a predefined offset speed delta such that the minimum threshold speed changes as the speed of the first compressor changes.

IPC Classes  ?

71.

VEHICLE ROOF STRUCTURE

      
Application Number 17880610
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-03
First Publication Date 2024-02-08
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Weyrauch, Adam
  • Frank, Steven
  • Lashbrook, Jack
  • Telukunta, Rohit

Abstract

A vehicle roof structure of a vehicle includes an outer roof panel and a single, unitized inner roof panel. The inner roof panel is separate from the outer roof panel and is secured to the outer roof panel. The inner roof panel includes a plurality of roof headers, a roof bow, and support braces. The roof headers are spaced apart from each other and extend in a transverse direction relative to a longitudinal direction of the vehicle. The roof bow is spaced apart from and positioned between two roof headers of the plurality of roof headers and extends in the transverse direction. Each support brace is positioned between the roof bow and one of the two roof headers. The support braces extend from the roof bow to the one of the two roof headers and extend in multiple directions.

IPC Classes  ?

72.

VEHICLE SEAT ASSEMBLY HAVING A PIVOT PITCH

      
Application Number 17881886
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-05
First Publication Date 2024-02-08
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Kormos, Kurt Leon
  • Persad, Rabindranath
  • Susko, Thomas J.
  • Walega, Frank Glenn

Abstract

A vehicle seat assembly convertible between a use position and a non-use position. The vehicle seat assembly includes a seat with a seat cushion support, a seatback, a base that connects to a vehicle, a front pivot linkage supported by the base by a first joint and pivotally connected to the seat cushion support by a second joint, and a rear foot pivotally supported by the base by a third joint. A pivoting movement of the rear foot about the third joint is lockable. The rear foot is connected to the seatback by a fourth joint. The vehicle seat also includes a fifth joint that connects the seatback to the seat cushion support, wherein the fourth joint is a latch and the fifth joint provides a free pivot, and wherein the fourth joint is latched when the seat moves from the use position to a boarding non-use position.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60N 2/10 - Seats specially adapted for vehicles; Arrangement or mounting of seats in vehicles the seat or part thereof being movable, e.g. adjustable the whole seat being movable tiltable

73.

BODY STRUCTURE FOR VEHICLE HAVING REINFORCEMENT ASSEMBLY

      
Application Number 17882191
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-05
First Publication Date 2024-02-08
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Freeman, Michael James
  • Nace, Nicholas Stone

Abstract

A vehicle body structure includes a vehicle pillar and a unitized reinforcement bracket. The unitized reinforcement bracket is mounted to the vehicle pillar and includes a reinforcement body and one or more stanchions. The reinforcement body extends along a longitudinal direction of the vehicle pillar. The stanchions are located at an inboard side of the vehicle pillar and are configured for mounting a vehicle component.

IPC Classes  ?

74.

FUEL/CHARGE PORT DOOR ASSEMBLY OVERRIDE SYSTEMS AND METHODS

      
Application Number 18482178
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-10-06
First Publication Date 2024-02-08
Owner FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Shaw, Scott
  • Barrett, William
  • Mcclure, William Ethan-Alexander

Abstract

Vehicle assemblies are provided that include movable door assemblies. Examples of vehicle assemblies with movable door assemblies include charge port housing assemblies and fuel fill housing assemblies. An exemplary vehicle assembly may include an override retainer. The override retainer may include a flexible flap or clip that is configured to deflect or otherwise distort to release a latching assembly from the door assembly when a manual override force is applied to the door assembly.

IPC Classes  ?

  • E05B 81/90 - Manual override in case of power failure
  • E05B 83/34 - Locks for glove compartments, console boxes, fuel inlet covers or the like for fuel inlet covers essentially flush with the vehicle surface

75.

Vehicle liftgate molding

      
Application Number 29803461
Grant Number D1013588
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-08-12
First Publication Date 2024-02-06
Grant Date 2024-02-06
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Depeyster, Damon G.
  • Kim, Soohyoung
  • Mangan, William J.
  • Willing, Todd
  • Kaoud, Ehab
  • Webb, Michael
  • Henry, Joshua

76.

Vehicle tailgate

      
Application Number 29782418
Grant Number D1013913
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-05-06
First Publication Date 2024-02-06
Grant Date 2024-02-06
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Kaoud, Ehab
  • Moore, William K.
  • Howard, Richard L

77.

Linear seat position sensor

      
Application Number 18164838
Grant Number 11891005
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-02-06
First Publication Date 2024-02-06
Grant Date 2024-02-06
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Jaradi, Dean M.
  • Faruque, Mohammad Omar
  • Farooq, S. M. Iskander

Abstract

An assembly includes a track having an axis. The assembly includes a vehicle seat moveable relative the track along the axis. The assembly includes a ramp elongated along the axis. The assembly includes a linear variable differential transformer having a housing and a plunger moveably supported by the housing. The plunger contacts the ramp. The ramp being fixed relative to one of the vehicle seat or the track and the housing of the linear variable differential transformer being fixed relative to the other of the vehicle seat or the track.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60N 2/00 - Seats specially adapted for vehicles; Arrangement or mounting of seats in vehicles
  • B60R 21/015 - Electrical circuits for triggering safety arrangements in case of vehicle accidents or impending vehicle accidents including means for detecting the presence or position of passengers, passenger seats or child seats, e.g. for disabling triggering
  • B60N 2/07 - Slide construction

78.

Deployable panel assembly for airbag

      
Application Number 18067132
Grant Number 11891007
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-12-16
First Publication Date 2024-02-06
Grant Date 2024-02-06
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Smitterberg, Eric Axel
  • Mihm, Russell Joseph
  • Line, Johnathan Andrew
  • Reese, Chuck R.
  • Chascsa, Ii, James Robert

Abstract

An assembly includes a dash and a deployable panel. The deployable panel has a proximal end rotatably connected to the dash. The deployable panel is rotatable about the proximal end from an undeployed position to a deployed position. The proximal end is engaged with the dash in the deployed position and the deployable panel has a distal end spaced above the dash in the deployed position. A member is supported by the dash and translatable upwardly from an undeployed position to a deployed position. The deployable panel abuts the member in the deployed position. The member is rigid relative to the panel in the deployed position. An airbag is supported by the dash and is inflatable to an inflated position. The airbag abuts the panel in the inflated position. The deployable panel is between the airbag and the member.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60R 21/205 - Arrangements for storing inflatable members in their non-use or deflated condition; Arrangement or mounting of air bag modules or components in dashboards
  • B60R 21/2165 - Arrangements for storing inflatable members in their non-use or deflated condition; Arrangement or mounting of air bag modules or components characterised by the covers for the inflatable member characterised by a tear line for defining a deployment opening
  • B60R 21/215 - Arrangements for storing inflatable members in their non-use or deflated condition; Arrangement or mounting of air bag modules or components characterised by the covers for the inflatable member
  • B60R 21/2155 - Arrangements for storing inflatable members in their non-use or deflated condition; Arrangement or mounting of air bag modules or components characterised by the covers for the inflatable member with complex motion of the cover; Retraction under the lining during opening
  • B60R 21/231 - Inflatable members characterised by their shape, construction or spatial configuration
  • B60R 21/16 - Inflatable occupant restraints or confinements designed to inflate upon impact or impending impact, e.g. air bags

79.

Airbag deployable by pillar-mounted pyrotechnic device

      
Application Number 18067094
Grant Number 11891008
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-12-16
First Publication Date 2024-02-06
Grant Date 2024-02-06
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Jaradi, Dean M.
  • Faruque, Mohammad Omar
  • Farooq, S. M. Iskander

Abstract

A vehicle includes a vehicle pillar. The vehicle includes a vehicle roof supported by the vehicle pillar. The vehicle includes an airbag supported by the vehicle roof. The airbag has a first side portion, a second side portion spaced cross-vehicle from the first side portion, and a front portion extending from the first side portion to the second side portion. The vehicle includes a pyrotechnic device supported by the vehicle pillar. The pyrotechnic device is coupled to one of the first side portion or the second side portion of the airbag.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60R 21/214 - Arrangements for storing inflatable members in their non-use or deflated condition; Arrangement or mounting of air bag modules or components in roof panels
  • B60R 21/232 - Curtain-type airbags deploying mainly in a vertical direction from their top edge
  • B60R 21/264 - Inflatable occupant restraints or confinements designed to inflate upon impact or impending impact, e.g. air bags characterised by the inflation fluid source or means to control inflation fluid flow using instantaneous generation of gas, e.g. pyrotechnic
  • B60R 21/231 - Inflatable members characterised by their shape, construction or spatial configuration
  • B60R 21/00 - Arrangements or fittings on vehicles for protecting or preventing injuries to occupants or pedestrians in case of accidents or other traffic risks

80.

Deployable panel assembly deployed by airbag

      
Application Number 18051989
Grant Number 11891009
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-11-02
First Publication Date 2024-02-06
Grant Date 2024-02-06
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Smitterberg, Eric Axel
  • Mihm, Russell Joseph
  • Line, Johnathan Andrew
  • Reese, Chuck R.
  • Chascsa, Ii, James Robert

Abstract

An assembly includes a dash and a deployable panel. The deployable panel has a proximal end rotatably connected to the dash. The deployable panel is rotatable about the proximal end from an undeployed position to a deployed position. The proximal end is engaged with the dash in the deployed position and the deployable panel has a distal end spaced above the dash in the deployed position. An airbag is supported by the dash and is inflatable to an inflated position. The airbag has a back panel abutting the deployable panel in the inflated position and an impact panel opposite the back panel. A tether is connected to the deployable panel and the impact panel. The tether extends through the back panel from the deployable panel to the impact panel.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60R 21/216 - Arrangements for storing inflatable members in their non-use or deflated condition; Arrangement or mounting of air bag modules or components characterised by the covers for the inflatable member comprising tether means for limitation of cover motion during deployment
  • B60R 21/205 - Arrangements for storing inflatable members in their non-use or deflated condition; Arrangement or mounting of air bag modules or components in dashboards
  • B60R 21/2165 - Arrangements for storing inflatable members in their non-use or deflated condition; Arrangement or mounting of air bag modules or components characterised by the covers for the inflatable member characterised by a tear line for defining a deployment opening
  • B60R 21/215 - Arrangements for storing inflatable members in their non-use or deflated condition; Arrangement or mounting of air bag modules or components characterised by the covers for the inflatable member
  • B60R 21/2338 - Tethers

81.

Vehicle display panel with user interface

      
Application Number 29719924
Grant Number D1013700
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-01-08
First Publication Date 2024-02-06
Grant Date 2024-02-06
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Ruthenberg, Peter
  • Kalash, Mohammad

82.

Vehicle front daytime running lamp

      
Application Number 29782389
Grant Number D1013912
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-05-06
First Publication Date 2024-02-06
Grant Date 2024-02-06
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Kaoud, Ehab
  • Moore, William K.
  • Howard, Richard L.
  • Henry, Joshua P.

83.

DISPLACEABLE PANEL FOR SEATING ASSEMBLY

      
Application Number 18482352
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-10-06
First Publication Date 2024-02-01
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Nagi, Ranjit
  • Pabalate, Nathan
  • Gilbert, Nicholas
  • Davis, Patrick
  • Romelfanger, Megan

Abstract

A vehicle seating assembly includes a seat and a seatback. The seatback includes a frame that has opposing first and second frame members and first and second displaceable panels that are pivotably coupled to the first and second frame members. The first and second displaceable panels are movable between stored positions and deployed positions in response to a force exerted on the seatback.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60N 2/22 - Seats specially adapted for vehicles; Arrangement or mounting of seats in vehicles the seat or part thereof being movable, e.g. adjustable the back-rest being adjustable
  • B60N 2/68 - Seat frames
  • B60N 2/36 - Seats specially adapted for vehicles; Arrangement or mounting of seats in vehicles for particular purposes or particular vehicles convertible for other use into a loading platform
  • B60N 2/02 - Seats specially adapted for vehicles; Arrangement or mounting of seats in vehicles the seat or part thereof being movable, e.g. adjustable

84.

CONTROLLING VEHICLE DISPLAY FOR ENHANCEMENT

      
Application Number 17814924
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-07-26
First Publication Date 2024-02-01
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Salter, Stuart C.
  • Berry, Hussein H.
  • Diamond, Brendan Francis
  • Williams, Lucretia
  • Huebner, Annette Lynn

Abstract

An age of an operator of a vehicle and a light condition in the vehicle are determined. A pattern for display is selected based on the determined age of the operator of the vehicle and the light condition in the vehicle. The pattern is presented on the display on the display. Then the display is adjusted based on input from the vehicle operator in response to the pattern.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G09G 3/20 - Control arrangements or circuits, of interest only in connection with visual indicators other than cathode-ray tubes for presentation of an assembly of a number of characters, e.g. a page, by composing the assembly by combination of individual elements arranged in a matrix
  • G06V 20/59 - Context or environment of the image inside of a vehicle, e.g. relating to seat occupancy, driver state or inner lighting conditions
  • G06V 40/16 - Human faces, e.g. facial parts, sketches or expressions
  • B60K 35/00 - Arrangement or adaptations of instruments

85.

INFRASTRUCTURE TO SUPPORT VEHICLE NAVIGATION

      
Application Number 17815252
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-07-27
First Publication Date 2024-02-01
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Mishra, Subodh
  • Chakravarty, Punarjay
  • Manglani, Sagar
  • Nagesh, Sushruth
  • Pandey, Gaurav

Abstract

A robot can be moved in a structure that includes a plurality of downward-facing cameras, and, as the robot moves, upward images can be captured with an upward-facing camera mounted to the robot. Downward images can be captured with the respective downward-facing cameras. Upward-facing camera poses can be determined at respective times based on the upward images. Further, respective poses of the downward-facing cameras can be determined based on (a) describing motion of the robot from the downward images, and (b) the upward-facing camera poses determined from the upward images.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06T 7/70 - Determining position or orientation of objects or cameras

86.

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING ALTERNATIVE VIEWS FOR BLOCKED REAR AND SIDE VIEW MIRRORS

      
Application Number 17816241
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-07-29
First Publication Date 2024-02-01
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Lewandowski, Andrew Denis
  • Weston, Keith
  • Barrett, Jordan
  • Diamond, Brendan
  • Mcnees, Michael Alan

Abstract

The disclosure is generally directed to systems and methods for automatically detecting internally blocked rear and side view mirrors. An example method to detect an obstruction may include detecting via sensors in the vehicle an obstruction preventing a driver from viewing a region of interest associated with a mirror, determining a permanence associated with the obstruction, and switching to a camera mode in lieu of the mirror when the obstruction has a permanence beyond a threshold.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B62D 15/02 - Steering position indicators
  • H04N 5/232 - Devices for controlling television cameras, e.g. remote control
  • H04N 7/18 - Closed-circuit television [CCTV] systems, i.e. systems in which the video signal is not broadcast
  • G06V 20/59 - Context or environment of the image inside of a vehicle, e.g. relating to seat occupancy, driver state or inner lighting conditions
  • B60Q 9/00 - Arrangement or adaptation of signal devices not provided for in one of main groups

87.

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETECTING OBSTACLES IN THE VICINITY OF POWER CABLES

      
Application Number 17816646
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-01
First Publication Date 2024-02-01
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Salter, Stuart C.
  • Diamond, Brendan
  • Harmon, Michael John
  • Shenoy, Vyas

Abstract

The disclosure generally pertains to systems and methods for detecting obstacles in the vicinity of power cables. In an example method, a first end of a power cable may be detected to be connected to a vehicle. A first trajectory of the power cable may then be determined via a plurality of sensors at the vehicle. The first trajectory of the power cable may include a first location and a first orientation of the power cable. It may then be determined, via the plurality of sensors at the vehicle, whether an obstacle is within a predetermined distance of the first trajectory of the power cable. Responsive to the determination that the obstacle is within the predetermined distance of the first trajectory of the power cable, a notification associated with the obstacle may be provided, and a power supply to the power cable may be turned off.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06V 20/58 - Recognition of moving objects or obstacles, e.g. vehicles or pedestrians; Recognition of traffic objects, e.g. traffic signs, traffic lights or roads
  • B60R 16/03 - Electric or fluid circuits specially adapted for vehicles and not otherwise provided for; Arrangement of elements of electric or fluid circuits specially adapted for vehicles and not otherwise provided for electric for supply of electrical power to vehicle subsystems
  • B60W 60/00 - Drive control systems specially adapted for autonomous road vehicles
  • G06V 40/10 - Human or animal bodies, e.g. vehicle occupants or pedestrians; Body parts, e.g. hands

88.

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETECTING OBSTACLES IN THE PATHWAY OF CABLES

      
Application Number 17816650
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-01
First Publication Date 2024-02-01
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Salter, Stuart C.
  • Shenoy, Vyas
  • Celinske, David
  • Ansbacher, Todd
  • Dellock, Paul Kenneth
  • Van Wiemeersch, John

Abstract

The disclosure generally pertains to systems and methods for detecting obstacles in the pathway of cables. In an example method, a first location at a site for stationing a vehicle may be selected. A first routing for a cable may then be determined, where a first end of the cable is connected to the vehicle stationed at the first location. It may then be determined at the vehicle whether the first routing for the cable passes through at least one potential or actual obstacle, where the determination is based at least in part on a topographic map. Responsive to the determination that the first routing for the cable passes through the at least one potential or actual obstacle, a remedial action may be performed, where the remedial action prevents the first routing of the cable from passing through the at least one potential or actual obstacle.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60L 53/37 - Means for automatic or assisted adjustment of the relative position of charging devices and vehicles using optical position determination, e.g. using cameras
  • B60L 53/18 - Cables specially adapted for charging electric vehicles
  • G06V 20/58 - Recognition of moving objects or obstacles, e.g. vehicles or pedestrians; Recognition of traffic objects, e.g. traffic signs, traffic lights or roads

89.

ACTIVE IONIC PROPULSION SYSTEM FOR MOTOR VEHICLES

      
Application Number 17873711
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-07-26
First Publication Date 2024-02-01
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Weston, Keith
  • Allmandinger, Alex
  • Titus, Matthew Arthur
  • Forsythe, Lorne

Abstract

An ionic airflow management system for a motor vehicle includes a controller, a power supply in communication with the controller, at least one exterior component of a motor vehicle having an integral electrode in electrical communication with the power supply, the integral electrode comprising a cathodic terminal portion and an anodic terminal portion oriented relative to a managed airflow vector, and at least one sensor in communication with the controller, the at least one sensor including a speed sensor. The power supply receives signals from the controller to supply a predetermined amount of electrical power to the integral electrode based on a threshold speed detected by the speed sensor in an active mode. The power supply receives signals from the controller to switch off electrical power to the integral electrode below the threshold speed in an inactive mode.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F15D 1/00 - Influencing the flow of fluids
  • B62D 35/00 - Vehicle bodies characterised by streamlining

90.

CONDUCTIVE MOTOR VEHICLE PAINT ENABLING WIND DRAG REDUCTION

      
Application Number 17873721
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-07-26
First Publication Date 2024-02-01
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Salter, Stuart C.
  • Palmer, Darren
  • Dellock, Paul Kenneth
  • Howard-Cone, Katherine
  • Howard, Kevin

Abstract

A motor vehicle body component includes a substrate, at least one corrosion protection layer disposed on the substrate, a basecoat layer disposed on the at least one corrosion protection layer, and a clearcoat layer disposed on the basecoat layer. The clearcoat layer includes a material having a conductive network of linked nanostructures and also defines a Class A surface finish.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B62D 29/04 - Superstructures characterised by material thereof predominantly of synthetic material
  • B62D 35/00 - Vehicle bodies characterised by streamlining
  • C09D 5/08 - Anti-corrosive paints
  • C09D 5/24 - Electrically-conducting paints
  • C09D 7/61 - Additives non-macromolecular inorganic
  • C09D 123/14 - Copolymers of propene

91.

ROBOTIC ASSISTED TOOL AND DIE MAKING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

      
Application Number 17874775
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-07-27
First Publication Date 2024-02-01
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Sohmshetty, Raj
  • Saul, Kyle
  • Parameswaran, Ramesh
  • Bullard, Elizabeth

Abstract

A method for automating a die fabrication process includes obtaining, by one or more controllers, die sensor data from one or more die sensors and image data from one or more image sensors, generating, by the one or more controllers, a command to perform one or more machining tool operations based on the die sensor data and the image data, and controlling, by the one or more controllers, a machining tool to perform the one or more machining tool operations. The method includes selectively adjusting, by the one or more controllers, a position of a robotic arm based on the one or more machining tool operations and training an artificial intelligence system to autonomously perform the die fabrication process based on the one or more machining tool operations, the position of the robotic arm, the image data, the die sensor data, or a combination thereof.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G05B 19/4155 - Numerical control (NC), i.e. automatically operating machines, in particular machine tools, e.g. in a manufacturing environment, so as to execute positioning, movement or co-ordinated operations by means of programme data in numerical form characterised by programme execution, i.e. part programme or machine function execution, e.g. selection of a programme
  • G05B 13/02 - Adaptive control systems, i.e. systems automatically adjusting themselves to have a performance which is optimum according to some preassigned criterion electric

92.

VEHICLE SPEED AND LANE ADVISORY TO EFFICIENCTLY NAVIGATE TIMED CONTROL FEATURES

      
Application Number 17875544
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-07-28
First Publication Date 2024-02-01
Owner FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Cantas, Mustafa Ridvan
  • Surnilla, Gopichandra
  • Sommer, Martin

Abstract

A method includes determining a distance remaining from a current vehicle location to a traffic control signal and determining a recommended speed over the distance remaining that will cause the vehicle to reach the traffic control signal at a time when the signal permits travel. The method includes obtaining traffic data indicating the presence of traffic between the present location and the signal and predicting movement patterns and timing of traffic indicated by the traffic data, and adjusting the recommended speed to accommodate the predicted movement patterns and timing of traffic, to preserve vehicle momentum in light of changes to travel required by the predicted movement patterns and timing. The method additionally includes displaying the recommended speed and continuing at least the determining the distance, determining the recommended speed and displaying the recommended speed until the vehicle either stops or reaches the traffic control signal.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G08G 1/0967 - Systems involving transmission of highway information, e.g. weather, speed limits
  • G08G 1/01 - Detecting movement of traffic to be counted or controlled
  • G08G 1/052 - Detecting movement of traffic to be counted or controlled with provision for determining speed or overspeed

93.

VEHICLE SEATING ASSEMBLY WITH LOWER LEG SUPPORT

      
Application Number 17876815
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-07-29
First Publication Date 2024-02-01
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Maloney, Patrick
  • Kondrad, Marcos Silva
  • Vannieulande, Kevin
  • Preuss, Kevin Wayne
  • Kish, Joseph Michael

Abstract

A vehicle seating assembly includes a seat, a front leg, a seatback, and a lower leg support. The seat includes a forward end and a rearward end. The seat is configured to be coupled to a support surface. The front leg engages with the support surface. The seatback is rotatably coupled to the seat proximate the rearward end. The lower leg support is directly and rotatably coupled to the seat proximate the forward end. The lower leg support is movable between an extended position and a retracted position. The vehicle seating assembly is movable between a seated position and a reclined-and-raised position. Moving from the seated position toward the reclined-and-raised position includes increasing a first distance between the front leg and the support surface.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60N 2/90 - Seats specially adapted for vehicles; Arrangement or mounting of seats in vehicles - Details or parts not otherwise provided for
  • B60N 2/02 - Seats specially adapted for vehicles; Arrangement or mounting of seats in vehicles the seat or part thereof being movable, e.g. adjustable
  • B60N 2/10 - Seats specially adapted for vehicles; Arrangement or mounting of seats in vehicles the seat or part thereof being movable, e.g. adjustable the whole seat being movable tiltable

94.

TRACTION BATTERY PACK VENTING SYSTEM AND VENTING METHOD

      
Application Number 17878156
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-01
First Publication Date 2024-02-01
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Zhu, Di
  • Bilezikjian, John Peter
  • Baldwin, Christopher Steven

Abstract

A traction battery pack venting system includes at least one battery cell configured to provide a venting area to vent gases in response to a predetermined condition. The system further includes an enclosure for the at least one battery cell, wherein the enclosure has a surface that faces the venting area. A plurality of textured forms are spaced across the surface to spread vented gas over the surface.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01M 50/383 - Flame arresting or ignition-preventing means
  • H01M 50/209 - Racks, modules or packs for multiple batteries or multiple cells characterised by their shape adapted for prismatic or rectangular cells

95.

STRUCTURAL ASSEMBLY AND VEHICLE HAVING STRUCTURAL ASSEMBLY

      
Application Number 17878392
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-01
First Publication Date 2024-02-01
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Bell, Scott J.
  • Bogachuk, Vladimir Vladimirovich
  • Morgans, Shawn Michael
  • Reiners, Robert

Abstract

A structural assembly for a vehicle includes a vehicle frame distinct from a vehicle body. The vehicle frame includes opposed longitudinal rails. Each rail includes a single, monolithic body having a central internal brace and a pair of opposed ends. One end of the opposed ends is fixed to a first side of the central internal brace and the other end of the opposed ends is fixed to a second side of the central internal brace that is opposite the first side.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60K 1/04 - Arrangement or mounting of electrical propulsion units of the electric storage means for propulsion
  • H01M 50/249 - Mountings; Secondary casings or frames; Racks, modules or packs; Suspension devices; Shock absorbers; Transport or carrying devices; Holders specially adapted for aircraft or vehicles, e.g. cars or trains

96.

ADAPTIVE NOISE CANCELLATION IN A BRAKE SYSTEM

      
Application Number 17878448
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-01
First Publication Date 2024-02-01
Owner FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Svensson, Thomas
  • Felch, Harold John

Abstract

A method of adaptively canceling brake system noise in a vehicle may include monitoring for an occurrence of brake torque stick slip and determining, based on a table of critical parameters associated with brake noise production, when vehicle status information indicates the vehicle is in a critical region for brake noise production. The method may further include, responsive to the occurrence of the brake torque stick slip or the vehicle status information indicating the vehicle is in the critical region for brake noise production, initiating a change to brake force distribution between a front axle and a rear axle of the vehicle, and adaptively updating the table of critical parameters.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60T 8/172 - Determining control parameters used in the regulation, e.g. by calculations involving measured or detected parameters
  • B60T 8/171 - Detecting parameters used in the regulation; Measuring values used in the regulation
  • B60T 17/22 - Devices for monitoring or checking brake systems; Signal devices

97.

SMART CHARGE SCHEDULING FOR AN AGGREGATE OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES CONSIDERING GRID DEMAND

      
Application Number 18224473
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-07-20
First Publication Date 2024-02-01
Owner
  • Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
  • The Ohio State Innovation Foundation (USA)
Inventor
  • Mccreadie, David
  • O'Gorman, Ryan
  • Dave, Devang Bhalchandra
  • Harirchi, Farshad
  • Gupta, Abhishek
  • Shao, Shiping
  • Sartipizadeh, Hossein

Abstract

A system and method for controlling charging of multiple electric vehicles (EVs) arriving at, and departing from, different charging stations at different times, includes scheduling charging of each EV of the multiple EVs responsive to which one of a plurality of categories each EV is assigned, each EV being assigned to one of the categories according to an arrival time at an associated one of the different charging stations, a departure time from the associated one of the different charging stations, an initial state of charge (SoC) of the EV, and a target SoC of the EV, and controlling charging of each EV responsive to the scheduling of charging for the assigned category of each EV. Charging demand may be selected by each EV as being reliable or flexible with flexible charging demand having a minimum target SoC and maximum target SoC.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60L 53/63 - Monitoring or controlling charging stations in response to network capacity
  • H02J 7/00 - Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries
  • B60L 53/62 - Monitoring or controlling charging stations in response to charging parameters, e.g. current, voltage or electrical charge
  • B60L 53/67 - Controlling two or more charging stations
  • B60L 53/64 - Optimising energy costs, e.g. responding to electricity rates

98.

VEHICLE AERODYNAMIC ALTERING SYSTEM AND METHOD

      
Application Number 18329827
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-06-06
First Publication Date 2024-02-01
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Pakkam, Sriram
  • Harmon, Michael John
  • Curea, Marius

Abstract

A vehicle system includes a tonneau cover, and an actuator assembly that transitions the tonneau cover back-and-forth between a lowered position and a tilted position. The tonneau cover covers a cargo bed of a vehicle when the tonneau cover is in the lowered position and when the tonneau cover is in the tilted position.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60J 7/14 - Non-fixed roofs; Roofs with movable panels of non-sliding type, i.e. movable or removable roofs or panels, e.g. let-down tops or roofs capable of being easily detached or of assuming a collapsed or inoperative position foldable; Tensioning mechanisms therefor, e.g. struts with a plurality of plate-like elements
  • B62D 35/00 - Vehicle bodies characterised by streamlining

99.

VEHICLE AERODYNAMIC ALTERING SYSTEM AND METHOD

      
Application Number 18329844
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-06-06
First Publication Date 2024-02-01
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Pakkam, Sriram
  • Harmon, Michael John
  • Brand, Andrew
  • Curea, Marius
  • Marchlewski, Jack

Abstract

A vehicle system includes a plurality of fins engaged with a bed wall of a cargo bed. The plurality of fins are configured to move telescopically back-and-forth between a stowed position and a deployed position. The fins can be disposed along a vertical top of the bed wall. The fins can slidably engage the bed wall.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B62D 35/00 - Vehicle bodies characterised by streamlining
  • B60J 7/08 - Non-fixed roofs; Roofs with movable panels of non-sliding type, i.e. movable or removable roofs or panels, e.g. let-down tops or roofs capable of being easily detached or of assuming a collapsed or inoperative position

100.

VEHICLE DATA TRANSMISSION

      
Application Number 17814880
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-07-26
First Publication Date 2024-02-01
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Makke, Omar
  • Lerner, Jeremy
  • Gusikhin, Oleg

Abstract

A system includes a computer on board a vehicle and a server remote from the vehicle. The computer and the server each store a network graph of actions performable by components of the vehicle that includes costs of transitioning between the actions. The computer is programmed to log a sequence of the actions; upon determining that a sub-sequence of the sequence constitutes a lowest-cost path from the beginning action to the final action based on the network graph, store a reduced sequence including a beginning action and a final action of the sub-sequence ordered immediately after the beginning action, the reduced sequence excluding at least one intermediate action from the sub-sequence; and transmit the reduced sequence to a server remote from the vehicle. The server is programmed to determine the sequence from the reduced sequence based on the network graph.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60W 40/08 - Estimation or calculation of driving parameters for road vehicle drive control systems not related to the control of a particular sub-unit related to drivers or passengers
  • G07C 5/00 - Registering or indicating the working of vehicles
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