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1.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR STROKING A DRIVELINE DISCONNECT CLUTCH

      
Application Number 17938820
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-10-07
First Publication Date 2024-04-11
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Bichkar, Akshay
  • Blue, Corey James
  • Meyer, Jason
  • Riedle, Bradley Dean
  • Baxendale, Timothy

Abstract

Systems and methods for operating a driveline disconnect clutch of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, a driveline disconnect clutch is positioned according to whether or not there may be slip across the driveline disconnect clutch. In one example, slip may be inferred from vehicle speed and a torque converter impeller speed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60W 20/40 - Controlling the engagement or disengagement of prime movers, e.g. for transition between prime movers
  • B60K 6/387 - Actuated clutches, i.e. clutches engaged or disengaged by electric, hydraulic or mechanical actuating means
  • B60W 10/02 - Conjoint control of vehicle sub-units of different type or different function including control of driveline clutches
  • 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
  • F16D 48/06 - Control by electric or electronic means, e.g. of fluid pressure

2.

DRIVE MODE ADAPTATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS USING WHEEL SENSOR DATA

      
Application Number 17938467
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-10-06
First Publication Date 2024-04-11
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Engels, Jonathan
  • Patel, Dilip B.
  • Ghannam, Mahmoud Yousef
  • Velusamy, Sai Prasanth

Abstract

A drive mode adaptation system is for a vehicle. The vehicle has a drive mode selector. The system includes a hybrid wireless tire sensor (HWTS) coupled to an interior of a tire of the vehicle, a processor electrically connected to the drive mode selector, and a memory. The memory has instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations including gathering real time data with the HWTS, and utilizing the real time data with the drive mode selector to determine a preferred drive mode.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60W 30/182 - Selecting between different operative modes, e.g. comfort and performance modes
  • 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
  • B60W 50/14 - Means for informing the driver, warning the driver or prompting a driver intervention

3.

ELECTRIC VEHICLE BATTERY MONITORING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

      
Application Number 17938478
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-10-06
First Publication Date 2024-04-11
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Rawat, Swati
  • Katti, Bhagyashri Satyabodha
  • Tseng, Fling Finn
  • Verma, Himanshu
  • Prakah-Asante, Kwaku O.

Abstract

Electric vehicle battery monitoring systems and methods are disclosed herein. An example method includes displaying a state of charge for a battery of an electric vehicle on a display screen of the electric vehicle, determining a frequency of how often a user views the state of charge, inferring that the user has anxiety over a range for the electric vehicle based on the frequency, and presenting the user with options to extend the state of charge.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60K 35/00 - Arrangement or adaptations of instruments
  • 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]

4.

ADAPTIVE CONTROL SYSTEMS AND METHODS USING WHEEL SENSOR DATA

      
Application Number 17938473
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-10-06
First Publication Date 2024-04-11
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Engels, Jonathan
  • Patel, Dilip
  • Ghannam, Mahmoud
  • Velusamy, Sai Prasanth

Abstract

An adaptive control system is for a vehicle having an advanced driver assistance system (ADAS). The system includes a hybrid wireless tire sensor (HWTS) coupled to an interior of a tire of the vehicle, a processor electrically connected to the ADAS, and a memory. The memory has instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations including gathering real time data with the HWTS, and utilizing the real time data with the ADAS to adaptively control the vehicle.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60W 30/16 - Control of distance between vehicles, e.g. keeping a distance to preceding vehicle
  • 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 10/26 - Conjoint control of vehicle sub-units of different type or different function including control of energy storage means for electrical energy, e.g. batteries or capacitors
  • B60W 50/06 - Improving the dynamic response of the control system, e.g. improving the speed of regulation or avoiding hunting or overshoot

5.

WHEEL MOTOR COMPENSATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS USING WHEEL SENSOR DATA

      
Application Number 17938480
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-10-06
First Publication Date 2024-04-11
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Engels, Jonathan
  • Ghannam, Mahmoud
  • Velusamy, Sai Prasanth
  • Patel, Dilip

Abstract

A wheel motor compensation system is for a vehicle. The vehicle has a wheel motor and a tire coupled to the wheel motor. The system includes a hybrid wireless tire sensor (HWTS) coupled to an interior of the tire, a processor electrically connected to the wheel motor, and a memory. The memory has instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations including gathering real time data with the HWTS, and utilizing the real time data to compensate the wheel motor so that preferred torque is applied to the tire.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60L 15/20 - Methods, circuits or devices for controlling the propulsion of electrically-propelled vehicles, e.g. their traction-motor speed, to achieve a desired performance; Adaptation of control equipment on electrically-propelled vehicles for remote actuation from a stationary place, from alternative parts of the vehicle or from alternative vehicles of the same vehicle train for control of the vehicle or its driving motor to achieve a desired performance, e.g. speed, torque, programmed variation of speed
  • B60C 11/24 - Wear-indicating arrangements
  • B60K 7/00 - Disposition of motor in, or adjacent to, traction wheel

6.

TRAILER SIDESWIPE AVOIDANCE SYSTEM

      
Application Number 17938087
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-10-05
First Publication Date 2024-04-11
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Khan, Hira
  • Rogan, Douglas

Abstract

A trailer sideswipe avoidance system for a vehicle towing a trailer includes a sensor system configured to detect an object in an operating environment of the vehicle. The trailer sideswipe avoidance system also includes a controller that processes information received from the sensor system to determine whether an object detected in the operating environment of the vehicle is in a forward travel path of the towed trailer as the vehicle turns. The trailer sideswipe avoidance system further includes a visual display that displays bird's eye view representations of the vehicle and the trailer and a collision warning band that extends around at least a portion of the bird's eye view representation of the trailer. A portion of the collision warning band changes color based on the controller determining that the object is in the travel path of the towed trailer.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60Q 9/00 - Arrangement or adaptation of signal devices not provided for in one of main groups
  • G06T 3/40 - Scaling of a whole image or part thereof
  • G06T 7/20 - Analysis of motion
  • G06T 7/70 - Determining position or orientation of objects or cameras
  • G06T 11/00 - 2D [Two Dimensional] image generation
  • H04N 5/265 - Mixing

7.

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A COMPONENT BY FUSED FILAMENT FABRICATION AND APPARATUS FOR PRODUCING A COMPONENT

      
Application Number 18390778
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-12-20
First Publication Date 2024-04-11
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Baranowski, Thomas
  • Broda, Maik
  • Franzen, Markus
  • Rebmann, Pascal

Abstract

An apparatus for producing a component by fused filament fabrication includes a substrate plate for depositing layers of the component. The substrate plate is magnetized before depositing a first layer of the component on the substrate plate by the fused filament fabrication, the first layer including a first substance that contains magnetic material. At least one further layer of the component including a second substance that does not contain a magnetic material is deposited on the first layer by the fused filament fabrication, and the substrate plate is demagnetized after forming the component.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B29C 64/245 - Platforms or substrates
  • B29C 64/118 - Processes of additive manufacturing using only liquids or viscous materials, e.g. depositing a continuous bead of viscous material using filamentary material being melted, e.g. fused deposition modelling [FDM]
  • B33Y 10/00 - Processes of additive manufacturing
  • B33Y 30/00 - ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING, i.e. MANUFACTURING OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL [3D] OBJECTS BY ADDITIVE DEPOSITION, ADDITIVE AGGLOMERATION OR ADDITIVE LAYERING, e.g. BY 3D PRINTING, STEREOLITHOGRAPHY OR SELECTIVE LASER SINTERING - Details thereof or accessories therefor
  • H01F 1/147 - Alloys characterised by their composition
  • H01F 41/14 - 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 applying magnetic films to substrates

8.

ELECTRIFIED VEHICLE WITH ACTIVE DISCHARGE OF HIGH-VOLTAGE BUS

      
Application Number 17961733
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-10-07
First Publication Date 2024-04-11
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Wu, Hongjie
  • Tang, Yuqing

Abstract

An electrified vehicle includes an active discharge system having a plurality of resistors connected in parallel, a switch connected in series with the plurality of resistors with the switch and the plurality of resistors connected across positive and negative legs of a high-voltage DC bus, and a controller coupled to the switch and programmed to close the switch in response to a vehicle shutdown signal, and in response to voltage of the DC bus exceeding a first threshold after a predetermined elapsed time from closing the switch, open the switch. The controller may also open the switch when the voltage of the DC bus is below a second threshold.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02M 7/539 - Conversion of dc power input into ac power output without possibility of reversal by static converters using discharge tubes with control electrode or semiconductor devices with control electrode using devices of a triode or transistor type requiring continuous application of a control signal using semiconductor devices only, e.g. single switched pulse inverters with automatic control of output wave form or frequency
  • B60L 15/20 - Methods, circuits or devices for controlling the propulsion of electrically-propelled vehicles, e.g. their traction-motor speed, to achieve a desired performance; Adaptation of control equipment on electrically-propelled vehicles for remote actuation from a stationary place, from alternative parts of the vehicle or from alternative vehicles of the same vehicle train for control of the vehicle or its driving motor to achieve a desired performance, e.g. speed, torque, programmed variation of speed
  • H02J 7/00 - Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries
  • H02M 3/158 - Conversion of dc power input into dc power output without intermediate conversion into ac by static converters using discharge tubes with control electrode or semiconductor devices with control electrode using devices of a triode or transistor type requiring continuous application of a control signal using semiconductor devices only with automatic control of output voltage or current, e.g. switching regulators including plural semiconductor devices as final control devices for a single load

9.

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR STATE OF CHARGE (SOC)-BASED ACTIVATION AND CONTROL

      
Application Number 17938777
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-10-07
First Publication Date 2024-04-11
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Salter, Stuart C.
  • Shenoy, Vyas
  • Kaldobsky, Tyler James-Ray
  • Lew, David
  • Diamond, Brendan

Abstract

Systems and methods for managing the allocation of incoming charge power between an on-board power supply power output and HV battery power input. An electric vehicle (EV) may be used to provide power to one or more electrical devices connected to an on-board power supply of the EV. When the EV is connected to a charging device, a rate of charge may be determined. An allocation of the incoming charge power from the charging device may be determined as between a high voltage (HV) battery of the electric vehicle and the on-board power supply of the electric vehicle. Power may be simultaneously provided to the HV battery and the on-board power supply.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60L 53/62 - Monitoring or controlling charging stations in response to charging parameters, e.g. current, voltage or electrical charge
  • B60L 1/00 - Supplying electric power to auxiliary equipment of electrically-propelled vehicles
  • B60L 53/66 - Data transfer between charging stations and vehicles
  • 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]
  • H02J 7/00 - Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries

10.

PEER-TO-PEER VEHICLE SHARING SYSTEM AND METHOD

      
Application Number 17938781
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-10-07
First Publication Date 2024-04-11
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Chen, Yifan
  • Garrow, Sarah

Abstract

A peer-to-peer (P2P) vehicle sharing method is disclosed. The method includes receiving a request from a user to rent a vehicle. The request includes a rent time period. The method further includes receiving a plurality of inputs associated with the user. The plurality of inputs includes a vehicle type for the vehicle owned by the user. Responsive to receiving the request and the plurality of inputs, the method includes obtaining a set of available vehicles, and corresponding availability periods associated with the available vehicles. The method further includes determining a rent time period overlap extent with the available vehicles' availability periods. Based on the overlap extent determination and the plurality of inputs, the method includes selecting the rent vehicle from the set of available vehicles, and reserving the rent vehicle for the user.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 30/06 - Buying, selling or leasing transactions

11.

TRACTION BATTERY PACK THERMAL MANAGEMENT ASSEMBLY AND THERMAL MANAGEMENT METHOD

      
Application Number 17960916
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-10-06
First Publication Date 2024-04-11
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Fernandez-Galindo, Francisco
  • Sielaff, Jason Luke
  • Roberts, Daniel Paul
  • West, Liam E.

Abstract

An assembly includes a busbar of a traction battery pack, and at least one terminal of a battery cell of the traction battery pack. The at least one terminal is electrically coupled to the busbar. The assembly further includes a thermal exchange plate, and a thermal interface material that communicates thermal energy to the thermal exchange plate from the at least one terminal, from the busbar, or both.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01M 10/6554 - Rods or plates
  • H01M 10/0525 - Rocking-chair batteries, i.e. batteries with lithium insertion or intercalation in both electrodes; Lithium-ion batteries
  • H01M 10/613 - Cooling or keeping cold
  • H01M 10/625 - Vehicles
  • H01M 10/647 - Prismatic or flat cells, e.g. pouch cells
  • H01M 10/6556 - Solid parts with flow channel passages or pipes for heat exchange
  • H01M 10/6567 - Liquids
  • 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
  • H01M 50/271 - Lids or covers for the racks or secondary casings
  • H01M 50/505 - Interconnectors for connecting terminals of adjacent batteries; Interconnectors for connecting cells outside a battery casing comprising a single busbar
  • H01M 50/553 - Terminals adapted for prismatic, pouch or rectangular cells
  • H01M 50/591 - Covers

12.

RESIN MOLDED STACK WITH ROUGHENED END PLATE

      
Application Number 17960507
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-10-05
First Publication Date 2024-04-11
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Anderson, Devan James
  • Rathnam, Singar

Abstract

A rotor includes a plurality of rotor cores arranged in a vertical stack, an end plate having a specified roughness on a surface engaging the vertical stack, and a binder material bonding the end plate to the vertical stack of rotor cores. The specified roughness is configured to allow venting of air beyond the end plate and to prevent passage of resin beyond the end plate.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02K 15/12 - Impregnating, heating or drying of windings, stators, rotors or machines
  • B29C 45/14 - Injection moulding, i.e. forcing the required volume of moulding material through a nozzle into a closed mould; Apparatus therefor incorporating preformed parts or layers, e.g. injection moulding around inserts or for coating articles
  • 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

13.

TACTILE ENERGY GENERATION BASED ON AUDIO SIGNAL

      
Application Number 17938859
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-10-07
First Publication Date 2024-04-11
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Mccarthy, Mark
  • Dodson, Ii, John Marshall
  • Petniunas, Alexander
  • Dona, Alan Robert
  • Konopa, Jason
  • Schabel, Brian
  • Clapper, Mark Lynn

Abstract

Methods and systems are provided for generation of lower-frequency tactile energy (e.g., vibration) of a vehicle system based on audio signals. In one example, a method may include acquiring an audio signal from an audio system, generating a motor input command, and applying the motor input command to at least a first traction motor and a second traction motor to create a resultant vibrational force.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60L 15/20 - Methods, circuits or devices for controlling the propulsion of electrically-propelled vehicles, e.g. their traction-motor speed, to achieve a desired performance; Adaptation of control equipment on electrically-propelled vehicles for remote actuation from a stationary place, from alternative parts of the vehicle or from alternative vehicles of the same vehicle train for control of the vehicle or its driving motor to achieve a desired performance, e.g. speed, torque, programmed variation of speed
  • G06F 3/16 - Sound input; Sound output
  • H02P 23/00 - Arrangements or methods for the control of AC motors characterised by a control method other than vector control

14.

ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING ARRANGEMENT

      
Application Number 17938458
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-10-06
First Publication Date 2024-04-11
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Salter, Stuart C.
  • O'Gorman, Ryan
  • Hanson, Ryan Edwin
  • Phung, Peter
  • Van Wiemeersch, John

Abstract

This disclosure is generally directed to systems and methods related to an electric vehicle charging arrangement. An example method executed by a first computer can include evaluating an agreement between a first party associated with an electric vehicle and a second party associated with a property in which the first computer can be located. The method can further include granting to a second computer of the electric vehicle, an authorization to permit the electric vehicle to enter the property of the second party during a time slot defined in the agreement; and granting, to the electric vehicle, access to an electric vehicle charging station on the property during the time slot defined in the agreement. The time slot, which is available for use on a repetitive basis over a stipulated period of time, can be outside of business hours of an activity performed by the second party on the property.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60L 53/60 - Monitoring or controlling charging stations
  • B60L 53/36 - Means for automatic or assisted adjustment of the relative position of charging devices and vehicles by positioning the vehicle
  • G06Q 10/02 - Reservations, e.g. for tickets, services or events
  • G07C 9/00 - Individual registration on entry or exit

15.

VEHICLE WHEEL THEFT DETECTION SYSTEMS AND METHODS USING WHEEL SENSOR DATA

      
Application Number 17938468
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-10-06
First Publication Date 2024-04-11
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Engels, Jonathan
  • Ghannam, Mahmoud
  • Velusamy, Sai Prasanth
  • Patel, Dilip

Abstract

A theft detection system for a vehicle is provided. The theft detection system includes a hybrid wireless tire sensor (HWTS) coupled to an interior of a tire of the vehicle, a processor, and a memory. The memory has instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations including detecting a change in voltage across the HWTS responsive to a change in deformation of the tire, and determining, based on the change in deformation of the tire, if a theft is occurring.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G08B 13/22 - Electrical actuation
  • G01B 7/16 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of electric or magnetic techniques for measuring the deformation in a solid, e.g. by resistance strain gauge
  • G01M 17/02 - Tyres
  • G08B 7/06 - Signalling systems according to more than one of groups ; Personal calling systems according to more than one of groups using electric transmission

16.

METHOD FOR TRUCK BACKUP WITH DYNAMIC LENGTH

      
Application Number 17938463
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-10-06
First Publication Date 2024-04-11
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Ghannam, Mahmoud Yousef
  • Bondy, Bradford Scott
  • Hamdan, Muhannad Anwar
  • Wegner, Christian

Abstract

A vehicle having a tailgate configured to move between retracted and extended positions is disclosed. The vehicle includes a first detection unit, a second detection unit, a third detection unit and a control unit. The control unit obtains a first input from the first detection unit and determines whether the tailgate is in extended position. The control unit further obtains a second input and a third input from the second and third detection units respectively, when the tailgate is in the extended position. Responsive to obtaining the second and third inputs, the control unit identifies a tailgate extended orientation. In addition, the control unit detects an obstacle presence in a vehicle rear side proximity and calculates a calibrated distance between the obstacle and a tailgate top side, based on the tailgate extended orientation. The control unit notifies a vehicle user when the calibrated distance is less than a threshold.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B62D 33/027 - Sideboard or tailgate structures movable
  • B62D 33/03 - Sideboard or tailgate structures movable by swinging down
  • E05F 15/43 - Detection using safety edges responsive to disruption of energy beams, e.g. light or sound

17.

TRANSMISSION OF AUTHENTICATION KEYS

      
Application Number 18045571
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-10-11
First Publication Date 2024-04-11
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Kajuluri, Venkata Kishore
  • Nelson, Jacob David
  • Smyth, Cameron

Abstract

A vehicle system includes a first control module. The first control module is programmed to generate an update command including a plurality of authentication keys and a mapping associating the authentication keys with a plurality of second control modules transmit the update command over a vehicle network. The update command is functionally addressed to be receivable by the second control modules.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 8/65 - Updates
  • G06F 8/71 - Version control ; Configuration management
  • G07C 5/00 - Registering or indicating the working of vehicles

18.

GLOVE BOX FOR A VEHICLE

      
Application Number 18045653
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-10-11
First Publication Date 2024-04-11
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor Thomas, Gregory Paul

Abstract

A glove box for a vehicle includes a bin having an upper rim and defining a storage cavity accessible via an opening defined by the upper rim. The glove box further includes a retainer pivotably coupled to the bin and operable to pivot relative to the bin between a first position and a second position. In the first position, a portion of the retainer is positioned within the storage cavity. In the second position, the retainer is positioned wholly outside of the storage cavity.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60R 7/06 - Stowing or holding appliances inside of vehicle primarily intended for personal property smaller than suit-cases, e.g. travelling articles, or maps in driver or passenger space mounted on or below dashboards

19.

INTELLIGENT LIQUID LEVEL DISPLAY FOR AUXILIARY TANKS

      
Application Number 17938796
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-10-07
First Publication Date 2024-04-11
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor Dudar, Aed M.

Abstract

A system to display liquid levels in vehicle auxiliary tanks is disclosed. The vehicle includes a plurality of auxiliary tanks disposed on a vehicle cargo bed. The vehicle further includes a first detection unit to detect a user activity associated with the plurality of auxiliary tanks, and a second detection unit to measure a vehicle weight. The vehicle further includes a control unit to identify a first auxiliary tank, from the plurality of auxiliary tanks, which is associated with the user activity. The control unit further determines a vehicle weight change based on the measurement of weight and an initial vehicle weight. In addition, the control unit correlates first auxiliary tank identification and weight change determination, and calculates a liquid level change associated with the first auxiliary tank. Responsive to the calculation, the control unit displays the liquid level change on a user interface.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B67D 7/22 - Arrangements of indicators or registers
  • B60P 3/22 - Tank vehicles
  • G01F 23/20 - Indicating or measuring liquid level or level of fluent solid material, e.g. indicating in terms of volume or indicating by means of an alarm by measurement of weight, e.g. to determine the level of stored liquefied gas

20.

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MODELLING AFTERTREATMENT TEMPERATURE OF A VEHICLE

      
Application Number 18378381
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-10-10
First Publication Date 2024-04-11
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Leroy, Tom
  • Lineham, Owen
  • Rowland, Mike

Abstract

Methods and systems are provided for model-based determination of a temperature distribution of an exhaust aftertreatment system of a vehicle. A power demand from a first component of the aftertreatment system is measure, a heat transfer into the first component of the aftertreatment system based on power demand of the first component and a configurable emissivity value of the exhaust gas is determined, and the temperature of the first component based on the calculated heat transfer is calculated.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F01N 9/00 - Electrical control of exhaust gas treating apparatus
  • F01N 3/20 - Exhaust or silencing apparatus having means for purifying, rendering innocuous, or otherwise treating exhaust for rendering innocuous by thermal or catalytic conversion of noxious components of exhaust characterised by methods of operation; Control specially adapted for catalytic conversion

21.

THERMAL BARRIER INTEGRATED BUSBAR SYSTEMS FOR TRACTION BATTERY PACKS

      
Application Number 17938383
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-10-06
First Publication Date 2024-04-11
Owner FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Boddakayala, Bhaskara Rao
  • Ravenscroft, Joseph
  • Chorian, Steve F.
  • Barr, Michael

Abstract

Busbar systems are provided for use within traction battery packs. The busbar systems may include one or more integrated thermal barriers for mitigating the effects of battery thermal events. The thermal barriers may be integrated as part of an outer housing of the busbar system, as part of a fuse area of a busbar of the busbar system, or both.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01M 50/505 - Interconnectors for connecting terminals of adjacent batteries; Interconnectors for connecting cells outside a battery casing comprising a single busbar
  • H01M 10/625 - Vehicles
  • H01M 10/658 - Means for temperature control structurally associated with the cells by thermal insulation or shielding

22.

MOUNTING STRUCTURE FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE

      
Application Number 17962033
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-10-07
First Publication Date 2024-04-11
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Bogachuk, Vladimir Vladimirovich
  • Gustafson, Kevin A.
  • Reiners, Robert

Abstract

A single monolithic body extends in a longitudinal direction and includes multiple closed sections stacked vertically. A first end portion of the single monolithic body extends from one of the closed sections into an adjacent closed section, and a second end portion of the single monolithic body extends from one of the closed sections, along an exterior of an adjacent closed section, and laterally away from the single monolithic body to form a connecting flange.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60K 1/04 - Arrangement or mounting of electrical propulsion units of the electric storage means for propulsion

23.

VEHICLE SEATING ASSEMBLY

      
Application Number 17963372
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-10-11
First Publication Date 2024-04-11
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor Susko, Thomas J.

Abstract

A vehicle seating assembly includes a seat base, a seatback, a track assembly, a front actuator assembly, and a rear actuator assembly. The seat base includes forward and rearward regions. The seatback is pivotably coupled to the seat base proximate to the rearward region. The track assembly is coupled to the seat base. The track assembly includes an upper track and a lower track. The upper track is movable relative to the lower track. The front actuator assembly couples the seat base to the upper track proximate to the forward region. The rear actuator assembly couples the seat base to the upper track proximate to the rearward region. The vehicle seating assembly is movable between a design position, a lowered position, a raised position, and a reclined-and-raised position by adjusting at least one component chosen from the front actuator assembly and the rear actuator assembly.

IPC Classes  ?

  • 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 2/12 - 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 and tiltable

24.

VEHICLE STRUCTURAL ASSEMBLY

      
Application Number 17963349
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-10-11
First Publication Date 2024-04-11
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Stojkovic, Dragan B.
  • Antoni, Joseph
  • Jurkiewicz, Andre
  • Nuler, Karen

Abstract

A structural assembly of a vehicle includes a pair of hinge pillars, a pair of channel members and a pair of rails. Each channel member of the pair of channel members includes a vertical wall, a top wall, and a bottom wall. The vertical wall is secured to a respective hinge pillar of the pair of hinge pillars and the bottom wall is spaced apart from and below the top wall to define a cavity therebetween. A longitudinal portion of each rail of the pair of rails is secured to a respective channel member of the pair of channel members and at least partially received in the cavity. The longitudinal portion of the rail extends along a longitudinal direction of the vehicle above a respective wheel well of the vehicle.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B62D 21/11 - Understructures, i.e. chassis frame on which a vehicle body may be mounted with resilient means for suspension
  • B62D 25/08 - Front or rear portions

25.

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO COORDINATE LASH CROSSINGTRANSITIONS IN MULTI-AXLE ELECTRIFIED DRIVETRAINS

      
Application Number 18045242
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-10-10
First Publication Date 2024-04-11
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Ravichandran, Maruthi
  • Paradkar, Bhavesh
  • Johri, Rajit

Abstract

Methods and systems are provided for an electric vehicle are provided. In one example, a method for an electric vehicle having a first prime mover for supplying a torque to a first axle and a second prime mover for supplying a torque to a second axle comprises transitioning the first prime mover and the second prime mover to cross a lash zone one before the other, where the lash zone of the second prime mover does not overlap with the lash zone of the first prime mover. In one example, the first prime mover is controlled with a first electronic controller and the second prime mover is controlled with a second electronic controller positioned separately in the vehicle from the first electronic controller. In one example, the method further comprises communicating information from the first electronic controller to the second electronic controller via a communication area network.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60L 15/20 - Methods, circuits or devices for controlling the propulsion of electrically-propelled vehicles, e.g. their traction-motor speed, to achieve a desired performance; Adaptation of control equipment on electrically-propelled vehicles for remote actuation from a stationary place, from alternative parts of the vehicle or from alternative vehicles of the same vehicle train for control of the vehicle or its driving motor to achieve a desired performance, e.g. speed, torque, programmed variation of speed

26.

Snorkel for a vehicle

      
Application Number 29813412
Grant Number D1021746
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-10-28
First Publication Date 2024-04-09
Grant Date 2024-04-09
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Denatale, Jr., Joseph F.
  • Park, Dong
  • Marleau, Jr., James A.

27.

Position tracking sensor in a head up display

      
Application Number 18312610
Grant Number 11953697
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-05-05
First Publication Date 2024-04-09
Grant Date 2024-04-09
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Wan, Jian
  • Blommer, Michael Alan
  • Stottlemyer, Brett
  • To, Curtis Sai-Hay

Abstract

A computer includes a processor and memory, the memory can store instructions executable by the processor to display a first calibration symbol to appear at a first location of a virtual image plane viewable from a measured location of the eyes or head of an operator and display a second calibration symbol to appear at a second location of the virtual image plane according to an offset distance from the first location. The instructions additionally can additionally be to adjust the offset distance in response to adjusting the second location by receiving input from the operator to align the first calibration symbol with the second calibration symbol.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G02B 27/01 - Head-up displays
  • B60K 35/00 - Arrangement or adaptations of instruments
  • G06F 3/01 - Input arrangements or combined input and output arrangements for interaction between user and computer
  • G06T 7/50 - Depth or shape recovery
  • G06T 7/70 - Determining position or orientation of objects or cameras
  • 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
  • G09G 3/00 - Control arrangements or circuits, of interest only in connection with visual indicators other than cathode-ray tubes
  • B60K 35/23 - Head-up displays [HUD] (optical aspects of head-up displays G02B 27/01)
  • B60K 35/28 - characterised by the type of the output information, e.g. video entertainment or vehicle dynamics information; characterised by the purpose of the output information, e.g. for attracting the attention of the driver

28.

Seatback supported airbag and seatbelt webbing

      
Application Number 18150503
Grant Number 11951927
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-01-05
First Publication Date 2024-04-09
Grant Date 2024-04-09
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Faruque, Mohammad Omar
  • Jaradi, Dean M.
  • Farooq, S. M. Iskander

Abstract

An assembly includes a vehicle seat having a seat bottom and a seatback supported by the seat bottom. The assembly includes an airbag supported by the seatback. The airbag is inflatable to an inflated position. The assembly includes a seatbelt webbing extending from the seatback to the airbag. The seatbelt webbing is between the airbag and the seatback in the inflated position. The assembly includes a pyrotechnic device supported by the seat bottom and operatively coupled to the airbag.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60R 21/18 - Inflatable occupant restraints or confinements designed to inflate upon impact or impending impact, e.g. air bags the inflatable member formed as a belt or harness or combined with a belt or harness arrangement
  • B60R 21/207 - Arrangements for storing inflatable members in their non-use or deflated condition; Arrangement or mounting of air bag modules or components in vehicle seats
  • B60R 21/233 - Inflatable members characterised by their shape, construction or spatial configuration comprising two or more bag-like members, one within the other
  • B60R 21/02 - Occupant safety arrangements or fittings
  • B60R 21/231 - Inflatable members characterised by their shape, construction or spatial configuration
  • 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

29.

Vehicle fender

      
Application Number 29844253
Grant Number D1021720
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-06-28
First Publication Date 2024-04-09
Grant Date 2024-04-09
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Piaskowski, Joel
  • Letson, Doyle
  • Walter, Christopher
  • Dorandish, Omead
  • Stevens, Christopher

30.

Vehicle mirror

      
Application Number 29836643
Grant Number D1021722
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-04-28
First Publication Date 2024-04-09
Grant Date 2024-04-09
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Curic, Kemal
  • Lucas, Earl
  • Luke, Darren
  • Chang, Jaewoo

31.

Motor vehicle, toy vehicle replica and/or other replica

      
Application Number 29851086
Grant Number D1021693
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-08-25
First Publication Date 2024-04-09
Grant Date 2024-04-09
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Piaskowski, Joel
  • Letson, Doyle
  • Walter, Christopher
  • Dorandish, Omead
  • Stevens, Christopher

32.

Motor vehicle, toy vehicle replica and/or other replica

      
Application Number 29851095
Grant Number D1021694
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-08-25
First Publication Date 2024-04-09
Grant Date 2024-04-09
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Piaskowski, Joel
  • Letson, Doyle
  • Walter, Christopher
  • Dorandish, Omead

33.

Vehicular Emergency Detection System, Method, and Computer Program Product

      
Application Number 17957546
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-30
First Publication Date 2024-04-04
Owner FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (USA)
Inventor Garcia, Danson Evan Lu

Abstract

Disclosed herein are methods, systems, and computer program products for detecting an emergency that include: scanning, with a sensor, an environment of an autonomous vehicle on which the sensor is connected to collect environment data; analyzing the environment data using a machine learning model trained using historical data to recognize emergency situations, where the analyzing includes identifying at least a portion of the environment data as corresponding to a first emergency situation; in response to identifying the first emergency situation, generating a data packet including the environment data corresponding to the first emergency situation; and transmitting the data packet to a report center.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G08G 1/01 - Detecting movement of traffic to be counted or controlled
  • B60W 60/00 - Drive control systems specially adapted for autonomous road vehicles
  • G06K 9/62 - Methods or arrangements for recognition using electronic means
  • G06V 10/80 - Fusion, i.e. combining data from various sources at the sensor level, preprocessing level, feature extraction level or classification level
  • 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
  • G08G 1/16 - Anti-collision systems

34.

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ATTACHING PERIPHERAL COMPONENTS TO TRACTION BATTERY PACKS

      
Application Number 17936886
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-30
First Publication Date 2024-04-04
Owner FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Gupte, Parikshit
  • Rink, Alexander Robert
  • Conti, Nathaniel
  • Stumpf, Benjamin

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 peripheral component assembly may be secured within a wall of the outer enclosure assembly. The wall may be part of a tray or a cover of the outer enclosure assembly. The peripheral component assembly may include twist lock features for rotatably securing the peripheral component assembly in place within a mounting opening of the wall. Using the twist lock features, the peripheral component assembly may be installed from inside the outer enclosure assembly.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01M 50/166 - Lids or covers characterised by the methods of assembling casings with lids
  • 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

35.

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PRIORITIZING VEHICLE CHARGING USING ENERGY FROM RENEWABLE OR LOW CARBON EMISSION SOURCES

      
Application Number 17936891
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-30
First Publication Date 2024-04-04
Owner FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Hair, Jonathan
  • Mcnees, Michael Alan
  • Diamond, Brendan
  • Lewandowski, Andrew Denis
  • Pettersson, Lars Niklas

Abstract

Systems and methods are disclosed for prioritizing vehicle charging using energy from renewable/low carbon emission energy sources over non-renewable/high carbon emission energy sources. The proposed systems and methods allow users to identify when to charge their vehicles and/or when to provide energy from their vehicles to other structures based on a currently available energy source mixture and in a manner that minimizes the impact to the environment. In-vehicle connectivity may be utilized to obtain real-time grid information, and a charging schedule may then be created that intelligently prioritizes charging during times when an energy mixture percentage available from renewable/low carbon emission sources exceeds a predefine threshold or when a real-time emissions level is below a predefined threshold.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60L 53/63 - Monitoring or controlling charging stations in response to network capacity
  • B60L 53/68 - Off-site monitoring or control, e.g. remote control
  • G06Q 10/06 - Resources, workflows, human or project management; Enterprise or organisation planning; Enterprise or organisation modelling
  • H02J 7/00 - Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries

36.

VEHICLE-AIDED DETECTION SYSTEM

      
Application Number 17957346
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-30
First Publication Date 2024-04-04
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Salter, Stuart C.
  • Diamond, Brendan
  • Santillo, Mario Anthony
  • Weston, Keith
  • Glickman, David Brian

Abstract

A vehicle-aided detection system for a vehicle is provided herein. The vehicle-aided detection system includes an end effector that is movable in an operating environment and coupled to a cargo bed via a robotic arm. A sensor system is configured to detect the end effector and at least one person in the operating environment. A controller is configured to process information received from the sensor system and to determine a physical profile of at least one person. The controller then determines whether user-worn equipment is equipped by the at least one person.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60Q 5/00 - Arrangement or adaptation of acoustic signal devices
  • B25J 11/00 - Manipulators not otherwise provided for
  • B25J 13/00 - Controls for manipulators
  • B60J 3/04 - Antiglare equipment associated with windows or windscreens; Sun visors for vehicles adjustable in transparency
  • B60P 3/00 - Vehicles adapted to transport, to carry or to comprise special loads or objects
  • G06F 3/16 - Sound input; Sound output
  • G10L 15/22 - Procedures used during a speech recognition process, e.g. man-machine dialog
  • H04R 1/08 - Mouthpieces; Attachments therefor
  • H04R 3/00 - Circuits for transducers

37.

ELECTRIC VEHICLE SUPPLY EQUIPMENT WITH PARTITIONED CONTROL PROCESSOR

      
Application Number 17953854
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-27
First Publication Date 2024-04-04
Owner FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Harris, Timothy
  • Zhang, Yuan
  • Carpenter, Toussaint

Abstract

Electric vehicle supply equipment includes a processor having a first file including software code for detecting whether a pilot connection exists with a vehicle interface of a vehicle and a second file partitioned from the first file including software code for requesting the vehicle interface to toggle a pilot switch a predetermined number of cycles.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60L 53/66 - Data transfer between charging stations and vehicles
  • B60L 53/63 - Monitoring or controlling charging stations in response to network capacity
  • B60L 55/00 - Arrangements for supplying energy stored within a vehicle to a power network, i.e. vehicle-to-grid [V2G] arrangements
  • G06F 1/28 - Supervision thereof, e.g. detecting power-supply failure by out of limits supervision
  • H02J 7/00 - Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries

38.

SUSTAINABLE TIRE WASTE AEROGEL WITH TUNABLE FLEXIBILITY MADE FROM RECYCLED TIRES FOR AUTOMOTIVE APPLICATIONS

      
Application Number 18539725
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-12-14
First Publication Date 2024-04-04
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Zhao, Haibo
  • Vozar, Katherine Avery
  • Kiziltas, Alper
  • Mielewski, Deborah Frances

Abstract

A method of manufacturing an elastic polymer aerogel material includes dissolving tire waste in a first portion of a solvent to form a first mixture; dissolving a polymer having at least one double carbon-carbon bond in a second portion of the solvent to form a second mixture; combining the first mixture and the second mixture, wherein the tire waste reacts with the polymer having at least one double carbon-carbon bond to form a reactant gel; and undergoing a solvent exchange on the reactant gel followed by freeze drying the reactant gel to form the elastic polymer aerogel material. The tire waste includes natural rubber, synthetic polymers, steel, and curing systems, and the elastic polymer aerogel material defines a 3D porous structure.

IPC Classes  ?

  • C08J 3/11 - Making solutions, dispersions, lattices or gels by other methods than by solution, emulsion or suspension polymerisation techniques in organic liquids from solid polymers
  • C08J 9/00 - Working-up of macromolecular substances to porous or cellular articles or materials; After-treatment thereof
  • C08J 9/36 - After-treatment
  • C08J 11/04 - Recovery or working-up of waste materials of polymers
  • D01D 1/02 - Preparation of spinning solutions
  • D01D 5/00 - Formation of filaments, threads, or the like
  • D01D 10/00 - Physical treatment of man-made filaments or the like during manufacture, i.e. during a continuous production process before the filaments have been collected
  • D01F 1/02 - Addition of substances to the spinning solution or to the melt
  • D01F 6/44 - Monocomponent man-made filaments or the like of synthetic polymers; Manufacture thereof from mixtures of polymers obtained by reactions only involving carbon-to-carbon unsaturated bonds as major constituent with other polymers or low-molecular-weight compounds

39.

BATTERY CHARGING SYSTEM FOR ELECTRIFIED VEHICLE INCLUDING INTERFACE FOR CABLE AND HOUSING

      
Application Number 17958517
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-10-03
First Publication Date 2024-04-04
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor Trombetta, Christopher Bernard

Abstract

This disclosure relates to a battery charging system for an electrified vehicle, and in particular relates to an interface for a cable and a housing. The charging system includes a housing, a first cable including a plug configured to couple to a charging port of the electrified vehicle, and a second cable including a first plug configured to couple to an electrical outlet and a second plug configured to couple to a socket of the housing. Further, the housing includes a projection surrounding the socket and projecting beyond an adjacent exterior surface of the housing.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60L 53/16 - Connectors, e.g. plugs or sockets, specially adapted for charging electric vehicles
  • B60L 53/18 - Cables specially adapted for charging electric vehicles
  • H01R 13/631 - Additional means for facilitating engagement or disengagement of coupling parts, e.g. aligning or guiding means, levers, gas pressure for engagement only
  • H02J 7/00 - Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries

40.

PRE-SECURITY MESSAGE VERIFICATION

      
Application Number 17936981
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-30
First Publication Date 2024-04-04
Owner FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Bandi, Krishna
  • Palakonda, Sathyanarayana Chary
  • Vukovic, Ivan

Abstract

Performing filtering of infrastructure-to-vehicle (V2I) messages by a vehicle is provided. First messages are received from one or more road-side units (RSUs). Responsive to the vehicle approaching a check-in location indicated by the first messages, a check-in location identifier is stored for the check-in location retrieved from the first messages as being a current check-in location for the vehicle. Second messages are received from the one or more RSUs. Responsive to a message identifier in the second messages matching the check-in location identifier, the second messages are forwarded to a vehicle application for processing. Otherwise the second messages are discarded.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 12/106 - Packet or message integrity
  • G06Q 50/30 - Transportation; Communications
  • 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]
  • H04W 12/63 - Location-dependent; Proximity-dependent

41.

OVER-TEMPERATURE MANAGEMENT OF DC LINK CAPACITOR IN ELECTRIC VEHICLE PROPULSION DRIVE CONVERTER

      
Application Number 17959635
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-10-04
First Publication Date 2024-04-04
Owner FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Thongam, Jogendra Singh
  • Yonak, Serdar Hakki
  • Kimmel, Joseph Sherman
  • Bagchi, Papiya

Abstract

After start of an electric drive system, a controller reduces power output of an inverter responsive to sensed temperature of a power switch of the inverter, sensed current of a power electronics module, sensed DC-link voltage, and thermal impedance parameters of a DC-link capacitor being indicative of an estimated temperature of the DC-link capacitor that is greater than a threshold to maintain DC-link capacitor temperature lower than the threshold.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60L 50/40 - Electric propulsion with power supplied within the vehicle using propulsion power supplied by capacitors
  • H02J 7/00 - Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries
  • H02J 7/34 - Parallel operation in networks using both storage and other dc sources, e.g. providing buffering

42.

DYNAMIC ADVISOR ACCESS AND SCHEDULING

      
Application Number 17958776
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-10-03
First Publication Date 2024-04-04
Owner FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Salter, Stuart C.
  • Preiss, Meghan
  • Buttolo, Pietro
  • Diamond, Brendan F.
  • O'Gorman, Ryan

Abstract

A system receives a request for assistance on a task, the request at least identifying the task. The system determines one or more designated entities having predefined characteristics associated therewith indicating suitability for assistance and determines a current status of each determined entity and whether the status indicates availability for assistance. Further, the system contacts at least one of the entities for which the characteristics indicate suitability and for which the status indicates availability and, responsive to at least one entity indicating willingness to assist, opens a communication channel between a requestor, from whom the request originated, and the at least one entity indicating willingness to assist.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 10/06 - Resources, workflows, human or project management; Enterprise or organisation planning; Enterprise or organisation modelling

43.

SLIDABLE POST ADJACENT ROTATABLE SEAT

      
Application Number 17936536
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-29
First Publication Date 2024-04-04
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Faruque, Mohammad Omar
  • Jaradi, Dean M.
  • Farooq, S.M. Iskander

Abstract

An assembly includes a vehicle roof and a vehicle floor spaced from the vehicle roof. The assembly includes a seat supported by the vehicle floor. The seat is rotatable about an axis of rotation from a forward-facing position to a rearward-facing position and the seat being movable along a vehicle-longitudinal axis. The assembly includes a post elongated from the vehicle floor to the vehicle roof. The post is slidable along the vehicle roof and the vehicle floor along the vehicle-longitudinal axis adjacent the seat. The assembly includes an airbag supported by the post.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60R 21/20 - Arrangements for storing inflatable members in their non-use or deflated condition; Arrangement or mounting of air bag modules or components
  • B60R 21/231 - Inflatable members characterised by their shape, construction or spatial configuration

44.

STRUCTURAL ASSEMBLY AND VEHICLE HAVING STRUCTURAL ASSEMBLY

      
Application Number 17957478
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-30
First Publication Date 2024-04-04
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor Caliskan, Ari Garo

Abstract

A structural assembly for an electric vehicle includes a battery structure, a pair of mounting structures, lower fasteners and upper fasteners. The battery structure is configured to house power storage units. Each mounting structure is secured to a respective side of the battery structure. Each lower fastener extends through a lower portion of a respective mounting structure and a bottom portion of a respective rocker of the vehicle body. Each upper fastener extends through an upper portion of the respective rocker and a top portion of the respective mounting structure. The upper fasteners secure the battery pack and the vehicle body at an upper attachment point and the lower fasteners secure the battery pack and the vehicle body at a lower attachment point. The lower attachment point is vertically offset from the upper attachment point.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60K 1/04 - Arrangement or mounting of electrical propulsion units of the electric storage means for propulsion
  • 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
  • B62D 25/20 - Floors or bottom sub-units

45.

WHITE-BOX TEMPERATURE SCALING FOR UNCERTAINTY ESTIMATION IN OBJECT DETECTION

      
Application Number 17944398
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-14
First Publication Date 2024-04-04
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Bhaskar, Sandhya
  • Jaipuria, Nikita
  • Jain, Jinesh
  • Paudel, Shreyasha

Abstract

A system and method includes determining uncertainty estimation in an object detection deep neural network (DNN) by retrieving a calibration dataset from a validation dataset that includes scores associated with all classes in an image, including a background (BG) class, determining background ground truth boxes in the calibration dataset by comparing ground truth boxes with detection boxes generated by the object detection DNN using an intersection over union (IoU) threshold, correcting for class imbalance between ground truth boxes and background ground truth boxes in a ground truth class by updating the ground truth class to include a number of background ground truth boxes based on a number of ground truth boxes in the ground truth class, estimating uncertainty of the object detection DNN based on the class imbalance correction, and updating output data sets of the object detection DNN based on the class imbalance correction.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06V 10/776 - Validation; Performance evaluation
  • G06V 10/764 - Arrangements for image or video recognition or understanding using pattern recognition or machine learning using classification, e.g. of video objects
  • G06V 10/774 - Generating sets of training patterns; Bootstrap methods, e.g. bagging or boosting
  • G06V 10/82 - Arrangements for image or video recognition or understanding using pattern recognition or machine learning using neural networks
  • G06V 10/98 - Detection or correction of errors, e.g. by rescanning the pattern or by human intervention; Evaluation of the quality of the acquired patterns

46.

RACK SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A RACK

      
Application Number 18473847
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-09-25
First Publication Date 2024-04-04
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Lem, Jeroen
  • Grein, Marcel
  • Popov, Ilya

Abstract

A rack system for a cargo space of a commercial vehicle having a rack with at least one shelf and at least one adjusting device for adjusting the shelf about a pivot axis extending in the width direction of the rack between a loading and unloading setting and a transport setting, In order to provide a rack system that can be used more efficiently and more ergonomically, the adjusting device is designed in such a way that a tilt angle of the shelf in the transport setting is greater than in the loading and unloading setting, and a load surface of the shelf in the transport setting faces away from an access side of the rack.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A47B 57/04 - Cabinets, racks or shelf units, characterised by features for adjusting shelves or partitions with means for adjusting the inclination of the shelves
  • A47B 96/02 - Shelves

47.

ICE AND SNOW WARNING AND REMOVAL FOR ELECTRIFIED VEHICLES

      
Application Number 17959437
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-10-04
First Publication Date 2024-04-04
Owner FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Diamond, Brendan F.
  • Deibler, Adam D.
  • Van Wiemeersch, John R.
  • Hanson, Ryan E.
  • Salter, Stuart C.

Abstract

A snow and ice vehicle accumulation determination and removal system for an electrified vehicle uses weight/load estimation methods based on vehicle sensors and user input to determine if the vehicle has accumulated a significant amount of snow/ice that could negatively affect the vehicle range. When a weight variation exists above a predetermined threshold which can be accounted for only as being due to snow and ice, then the invention may (1) warn the driver of reduced range and the reason for it, (2) perform drivetrain and/or cabin heating that may contribute to melting of the snow and ice (e.g., automatically adjusting powertrain performance to generate increase heat, such as running at a higher RPM), and/or (3) instruct the driver to proceed to an environment which can warm the vehicle (such as a facility equipped with a hot water spraying device).

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60S 1/02 - Cleaning windscreens, windows, or optical devices
  • B60S 1/56 - Cleaning windscreens, windows, or optical devices specially adapted for cleaning other parts or devices than front windows or windscreens

48.

BUILDING INFRASTRUCTURE AND ROBOT COORDINATION METHODS AND SYSTEMS

      
Application Number 17937400
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-30
First Publication Date 2024-04-04
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Horowitz, Geoffrey
  • Chen, Yifan
  • Garrow, Sarah
  • Linkowski, Gregory
  • Menon, Meghna
  • Zhang, Songan

Abstract

Building infrastructure and robot coordination methods and systems are disclosed herein. An example method can include preregistering an autonomous vehicle with a building controller of a building to inform the building controller of arrival of the autonomous vehicle and a delivery request for a package, the delivery request specifying a recipient of the package, the recipient having a location in the building. The method can include determining completion of a validation routine with the autonomous vehicle, assigning a task management plan to the autonomous vehicle, the task management plan determining how the autonomous vehicle navigates through the building to deliver the package to the location, and tracking the autonomous vehicle through the building.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G05D 1/02 - Control of position or course in two dimensions
  • G01C 21/20 - Instruments for performing navigational calculations

49.

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR VARNISH ANALYSIS OF STATOR IMAGES

      
Application Number 17937658
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-10-03
First Publication Date 2024-04-04
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Schroeter, Robert
  • Avery, Seth
  • Wolf, Chris
  • Lenz, Jackson
  • Tan, Boratha

Abstract

Methods and systems are provided for an insulation system of a stator. In one example, a method may include receiving images of the stator at a processor of a computing system and processing the images by converting the images to one or more of cluster-only images and binary masks. The images may be fed to an artificial intelligence (AI) model to obtain one or more of varnish estimates and void estimates to generate a training dataset which may be used to train a deep learning tool to estimate varnish fill percentages from the images and display the varnish fill percentages at a display device.

IPC Classes  ?

50.

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PREDICTING STATOR INSULATION CONDITION FROM STATOR SECTIONS

      
Application Number 17937649
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-10-03
First Publication Date 2024-04-04
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Schroeter, Robert
  • Avery, Seth
  • Wolf, Chris
  • Lenz, Jackson
  • Tan, Boratha

Abstract

Methods and systems are provided for an insulation system of a stator. In one example, a method may include receiving images of the stator at a processor of a computing system and feeding the images to a deep learning tool to generate processed images by segmenting and cropping the images according to slots identified in the images. Further, the varnish in the processed images may be quantified based on fluorescence of the varnish, converted into estimated varnish fill percentages, based on an output from analysis of the processed images, and the estimated varnish fill percentages may be displayed in a report.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06T 7/174 - Segmentation; Edge detection involving the use of two or more images
  • G06V 10/26 - Segmentation of patterns in the image field; Cutting or merging of image elements to establish the pattern region, e.g. clustering-based techniques; Detection of occlusion

51.

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR VERIFICATION OF MACHINE LEARNING-BASED VARNISH ANALYSIS

      
Application Number 17937664
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-10-03
First Publication Date 2024-04-04
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Schroeter, Robert
  • Siffre, Ife

Abstract

Methods and systems are provided for verifying a deep learning tool for evaluating a varnish condition of a stator. In one example, a method for verifying the deep learning tool includes receiving images of replicas of a stator section at a processor of a computing system, the replicas of the stator section having different predetermined varnish fill percentages. The images are process and analyzed by the deep learning tool to output estimated varnish fill percentages. The estimated varnish fill percentages may be compared to the predetermined varnish fill percentages and a notification recommending at least one of further training of the deep learning tool and adjustments to an imaging setup for acquiring the images.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G05B 19/418 - Total factory control, i.e. centrally controlling a plurality of machines, e.g. direct or distributed numerical control (DNC), flexible manufacturing systems (FMS), integrated manufacturing systems (IMS), computer integrated manufacturing (CIM)
  • G06T 7/00 - Image analysis

52.

STRUCTURALLY REINFORCED ENCLOSURE COVERS FOR TRACTION BATTERY PACKS

      
Application Number 17937011
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-30
First Publication Date 2024-04-04
Owner FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Dunlap, Brock
  • Eftekhari, Mohammadreza

Abstract

Traction battery packs are disclosed for use in electrified vehicles. An exemplary traction battery pack may include an outer enclosure assembly establishing an interior, and a battery array housed within the interior. A polymer-based enclosure cover of the outer enclosure assembly may be structurally reinforced by one or more structural cross-members. The structural cross members are designed to provide structural integrity during both normal operating conditions and thermal/venting events of the traction battery pack.

IPC Classes  ?

  • 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
  • B60L 50/64 - Constructional details of batteries specially adapted for electric vehicles

53.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COORDINATING DISCONNECT CLUTCH AND ELECTRIC MACHINE TORQUE

      
Application Number 17937912
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-10-04
First Publication Date 2024-04-04
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Ravichandran, Maruthi
  • Tumu, Ravi Kumar
  • Ruybal, Kevin
  • Panhans, Justin
  • Syed, Fazal U.
  • Farmer, Mary Catherine

Abstract

Systems and methods for operating a driveline of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, torque capacity of a driveline disconnect is coordinated with torque control of an electric machine immediately following engine starting. The electric machine and the driveline disconnect clutch may assist starting of an engine, or alternatively, the engine may be started via a starter motor.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60W 20/40 - Controlling the engagement or disengagement of prime movers, e.g. for transition between prime movers
  • B60W 10/02 - Conjoint control of vehicle sub-units of different type or different function including control of driveline clutches
  • 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

54.

ELECTRICAL GROUND ASSEMBLY FOR GROUNDING AND FLUIDLY SEALING A VEHICLE COMPONENT

      
Application Number 17957348
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-30
First Publication Date 2024-04-04
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Tomlinson, Samuel Jeffrey
  • Rink, Alexander Robert
  • Conti, Nathaniel

Abstract

A grounding assembly for a battery enclosure includes a washer including a first serrated surface and a second serrated surface opposite the first serrated surface, a fastener including a serrated surface configured to mate with the second serrated surface of the washer, and a seal disposed on the washer. The first serrated surface is configured to remove a non-conductive coating from the battery enclosure. The seal is configured to form a watertight barrier between the washer and the battery enclosure.

IPC Classes  ?

  • 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
  • B60L 50/64 - Constructional details of batteries specially adapted for electric vehicles
  • H01M 50/24 - Mountings; Secondary casings or frames; Racks, modules or packs; Suspension devices; Shock absorbers; Transport or carrying devices; Holders characterised by physical properties of casings or racks, e.g. dimensions adapted for protecting batteries from their environment, e.g. from corrosion
  • 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 50/50 - Current conducting connections for cells or batteries

55.

VEHICLE HAVING ERGONOMICALLY ADJUSTABLE SEAT ASSEMBLY

      
Application Number 17957589
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-30
First Publication Date 2024-04-04
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Rangel Sanchez, Josue Rodrigo
  • Alcantara, Alexis
  • Ayala Huaracha, Armando
  • Moreno Roa, Paula Rocio
  • Munoz, Jesus

Abstract

A vehicle includes a body defining a cabin interior, a seat assembly having a seat base, a seat back and a plurality of actuators configured to adjust ergonomic positions of the seat assembly. The vehicle has a first imaging system located in the cabin interior and configured to capture first images of an upper body of an occupant seated on the seat assembly, and a second imaging system configured to capture second images of a lower body of the occupant seated on the seat assembly. A controller processes the first and second images to determine dimension data and position data of the occupant and determines an adjusted ergonomic configuration of the seating assembly, and controls the actuators to adjust the seat assembly to the adjusted ergonomic configuration.

IPC Classes  ?

  • 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

56.

BATTERY PACK THERMAL ENERGY MANAGEMENT ASSEMBLY AND THERMAL ENERGY MANAGEMENT METHOD

      
Application Number 17956045
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-29
First Publication Date 2024-04-04
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor Zhang, Xiaogang

Abstract

A battery pack assembly includes a cell stack having a plurality of battery cells distributed along an axis and a plurality of thermal energy transfer assemblies distributed along the axis. Each thermal energy transfer assembly is disposed axially between a first battery cell and a second battery cell. Each thermal energy transfer assembly provides a channel configured to communicate a flow of air between the first battery cell and the second battery cell. A coolant plate assembly is adjacent the cell stack. The coolant plate assembly includes at least one coolant path configured to communicate a liquid coolant.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01M 10/6557 - Solid parts with flow channel passages or pipes for heat exchange arranged between the cells
  • H01M 10/6563 - Gases with forced flow, e.g. by blowers
  • H01M 10/6567 - Liquids

57.

RACK SYSTEM FOR A CARGO SPACE OF A COMMERCIAL VEHICLE

      
Application Number 18372956
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-09-26
First Publication Date 2024-04-04
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Grein, Marcel
  • Lem, Jeroen
  • Popov, Ilya

Abstract

A rack system for a cargo space of a commercial vehicle is provided having a rack with at least one shelf and a movement device for moving the rack between a transport position, in which the rack can be arranged completely in the cargo space, and an access position, in which the rack can be arranged at least partially outside the cargo space. In order to provide a rack system which can be used more efficiently in respect of available cargo space, the rack system has a receiving unit for at least partially receiving at least one cargo item which can be arranged in the rack, wherein the receiving unit is arranged on the shelf so as to be displaceable in a depth direction of the rack.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60R 5/00 - Compartments within vehicle body primarily intended or sufficiently spacious for trunks, suit-cases, or the like

58.

Combined Sensor Arrangement

      
Application Number 17956530
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-29
First Publication Date 2024-04-04
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Bacon, Malcolm Jonathan
  • Garrard, Michael Robert
  • Fisher, Evan
  • Dressing, Thomas
  • Wang, Yang

Abstract

A sensing apparatus includes two or more sensor arrangements, a housing which is configured to house the two or more sensor arrangements, a first sensor arrangement which is configured to sense a first property, a second sensor arrangement which is configured to sense a second property, and an output arrangement which is configured to provide an output signal from the sensing apparatus in dependence upon an output of the first sensor arrangement and an output of the second sensor arrangement, the first property is different from the second property, and the sensing arrangement is configured to provide a combined signal output by way of the output arrangement.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F01N 13/00 - Exhaust or silencing apparatus characterised by constructional features
  • F01N 11/00 - Monitoring or diagnostic devices for exhaust-gas treatment apparatus
  • G01K 1/08 - Protective devices, e.g. casings
  • G01K 1/14 - Supports; Fastening devices; Arrangements for mounting thermometers in particular locations
  • G01K 7/02 - Measuring temperature based on the use of electric or magnetic elements directly sensitive to heat using thermoelectric elements, e.g. thermocouples
  • G01K 13/024 - Thermometers specially adapted for specific purposes for measuring temperature of moving fluids or granular materials capable of flow of moving gases
  • G01L 9/00 - Measuring steady or quasi-steady pressure of a fluid or a fluent solid material by electric or magnetic pressure-sensitive elements; Transmitting or indicating the displacement of mechanical pressure-sensitive elements, used to measure the steady or quasi-steady pressure of a fluid or fluent solid material, by electric or magnetic means
  • G01L 19/00 - MEASURING FORCE, STRESS, TORQUE, WORK, MECHANICAL POWER, MECHANICAL EFFICIENCY, OR FLUID PRESSURE - Details of, or accessories for, apparatus for measuring steady or quasi-steady pressure of a fluent medium insofar as such details or accessories are not special to particular types of pressure gauges
  • G01L 19/14 - Housings

59.

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REDUCING CONTACTOR FREEZING

      
Application Number 17936769
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-29
First Publication Date 2024-04-04
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Kumar, Vivek
  • Zhu, Di
  • Dadam, Sumanth Reddy

Abstract

Methods and systems are provided for reducing contactor freezing. In one example, a system may include a contactor comprising a set of conductors and a phase change material. The phase change material is coupled to a first conductor of the set of conductors and is not positioned between the set of conductors.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01M 10/659 - Means for temperature control structurally associated with the cells by heat storage or buffering, e.g. heat capacity or liquid-solid phase changes or transition
  • H01M 10/615 - Heating or keeping warm
  • H01M 10/653 - Means for temperature control structurally associated with the cells characterised by electrically insulating or thermally conductive materials
  • H01M 10/6571 - Resistive heaters

60.

SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO PROVIDE SERVICES TO A DISABLED VEHICLE

      
Application Number 17937402
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-30
First Publication Date 2024-04-04
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Weston, Keith
  • Diamond, Brendan
  • Barrett, Jordan
  • Mcnees, Michael Alan
  • Lewandowski, Andrew Denis

Abstract

This disclosure is generally directed to systems and methods related to providing assistance services to a disabled vehicle. In an example embodiment, a method executed by a first processor in a vehicle may involve detecting an event that places the vehicle in a disabled condition; transmitting information associated with the event to a second processor; and detecting an arrival of a assistance vehicle that is dispatched by the second processor based on an automated evaluation of the information associated with the event. The second processor, which can be, for example, a part of a server computer, may evaluate the information in order to identify an assistance vehicle having equipment for providing the assistance service. In an example scenario, the disabled vehicle and/or the assistance vehicle can be an autonomous vehicle.

IPC Classes  ?

61.

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR NON-DESTRUCTIVE EVALUATION OF STATOR INSULATION CONDITION

      
Application Number 17937644
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-10-03
First Publication Date 2024-04-04
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Schroeter, Robert
  • Lenz, Jackson
  • Tan, Boratha
  • Siffre, Ife

Abstract

Methods and systems are provided for an insulation system of a stator. In one example, a method may include receiving images of the stator at an automated tool implemented at a processor of a computing system, the images depicting slots in in an inner surface of the stator, and processing the images using image processing and deep learning algorithms to provide processed images. The processed images may be input to an artificial intelligence (AI) model of the automated tool, the AI model trained to identify varnish in the processed images. obtained two-dimensional presentation of varnish distribution may be output from the AI model.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06T 7/174 - Segmentation; Edge detection involving the use of two or more images
  • G06T 7/38 - Registration of image sequences
  • G06V 10/26 - Segmentation of patterns in the image field; Cutting or merging of image elements to establish the pattern region, e.g. clustering-based techniques; Detection of occlusion

62.

DYNAMIC ADAPTIVE SITE GATING USING VEHICLES

      
Application Number 17956152
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-29
First Publication Date 2024-04-04
Owner FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Salter, Stuart C.
  • Wint, Adam
  • Diamond, Brendan F.
  • Preiss, Meghan
  • Buttolo, Pietro
  • Pillen, Lia

Abstract

A system receives a request for gate formation, including indication of a location where one or more vehicles are to form a gate. The system determines a number of vehicles to form the gate. The system also determines available vehicles in proximity to the location and, responsive to the available vehicles including at least the number of vehicles, selects the number of vehicles from the available vehicles to serve as gate vehicles. Also, the system instructs the gate vehicles to autonomously travel to the location and arrange in a designated formation, included in the instruction, to form the gate.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60W 60/00 - Drive control systems specially adapted for autonomous road vehicles
  • B60Q 5/00 - Arrangement or adaptation of acoustic signal devices
  • G07C 9/10 - Movable barriers with registering means
  • G08G 1/00 - Traffic control systems for road vehicles

63.

Vehicle rear box lower

      
Application Number 29814451
Grant Number D1020583
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-11-05
First Publication Date 2024-04-02
Grant Date 2024-04-02
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Willing, Todd
  • Wolff, Max
  • Tran, Max
  • Cosentino, Leigh H.
  • Kang, Tae Hoon

64.

Vehicle badge

      
Application Number 29683657
Grant Number D1020597
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-03-14
First Publication Date 2024-04-02
Grant Date 2024-04-02
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Carbis, Dean
  • Mahoney, David

65.

Vehicle airbag system

      
Application Number 18066414
Grant Number 11945391
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-12-15
First Publication Date 2024-04-02
Grant Date 2024-04-02
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Farooq, S. M. Iskander
  • Jaradi, Dean M.
  • Faruque, Mohammad Omar

Abstract

A vehicle includes a vehicle body including a roof and a pillar. The vehicle includes a track supported by the roof and elongated along a cross-vehicle axis. The vehicle includes a headliner slideable along the track from a stowed position to a deployed position. The headliner in the stowed position extends along the roof and in the deployed position extends along the pillar.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60R 21/213 - Arrangements for storing inflatable members in their non-use or deflated condition; Arrangement or mounting of air bag modules or components in vehicle roof frames or pillars
  • B60J 7/00 - Non-fixed roofs; Roofs with movable panels

66.

Vehicle airbag system

      
Application Number 18065670
Grant Number 11945395
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-12-14
First Publication Date 2024-04-02
Grant Date 2024-04-02
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Farooq, S. M. Iskander
  • Jaradi, Dean M.
  • Faruque, Mohammad Omar

Abstract

A vehicle includes a bulkhead elongated along an axis. The vehicle includes a base supported by the bulkhead and inflatable from a stowed position away from the bulkhead to a deployed position. The vehicle includes an airbag supported by the base and inflatable away from the bulkhead and the base to an inflated position, the airbag in the inflated position having a main portion and extensions extending away from the main portion along a vehicle-longitudinal axis, the extensions being spaced from each other along the axis.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60R 21/233 - Inflatable members characterised by their shape, construction or spatial configuration comprising two or more bag-like members, one within the other
  • B60R 21/231 - Inflatable members characterised by their shape, construction or spatial configuration
  • B60R 21/2338 - Tethers
  • B60R 21/235 - Inflatable members characterised by their material

67.

Vehicle hood

      
Application Number 29814472
Grant Number D1020569
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-11-05
First Publication Date 2024-04-02
Grant Date 2024-04-02
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Willing, Todd
  • Wolff, Max
  • Tran, Max
  • Dewitt, David
  • Baek, Seungyup

68.

BUMPER ASSEBLY INCLUDING RESETTABLE ENERGY ABSORBER

      
Application Number 17934218
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-22
First Publication Date 2024-03-28
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Farooq, S.M. Iskander
  • Faruque, Mohammad Omar
  • Jaradi, Dean M.

Abstract

A vehicle includes a vehicle frame and a bumper. The vehicle frame includes a frame-rail end. The frame-rail end has a vehicle-forward end and a bore at the vehicle-forward end. The vehicle includes a resettable energy absorber supporting the bumper at the vehicle-forward end of the frame-rail end. The resettable energy absorber is moveable with the bumper relative to the frame-rail end between an extended position and a compressed position. The resettable energy absorber extends into the bore of the frame-rail end from the extended position to the compressed position.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60R 19/28 - Metallic springs
  • B60R 19/38 - Arrangements for mounting bumpers on vehicles adjustably or movably mounted, e.g. horizontally displaceable for securing a space between parked vehicles

69.

SATELLITE-ENABLED OFF-ROAD OBSTACLE DETECTION

      
Application Number 17934766
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-23
First Publication Date 2024-03-28
Owner FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Weston, Keith
  • Lewandowski, Andrew Denis
  • Barrett, Jordan
  • Diamond, Brendan F.
  • Mcnees, Michael Alan

Abstract

Use of a satellite network as a source of image data for detection of off-road obstacles is provided. Image data from a satellite network is received to an OBU of a vehicle via a transceiver of the vehicle. The image data is related to an off-road location to be traversed by the vehicle. A navigation map indicating locations of any obstacles detected as being present based on an analysis of changes in the image data over time is displayed in an HMI of the vehicle.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06V 20/13 - Satellite images
  • G01C 21/36 - Input/output arrangements for on-board computers
  • G06V 10/25 - Determination of region of interest [ROI] or a volume of interest [VOI]
  • G06V 10/26 - Segmentation of patterns in the image field; Cutting or merging of image elements to establish the pattern region, e.g. clustering-based techniques; Detection of occlusion
  • G08G 1/16 - Anti-collision systems

70.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING TIRES OF A VEHICLE

      
Application Number 17936163
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-28
First Publication Date 2024-03-28
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Dudar, Aed M.
  • Ghannam, Mahmoud Yousef

Abstract

A method performed by an electronic control unit of a vehicle, to monitor tires of the vehicle. The method includes evaluating a target location to monitor the vehicle tires. Based on the evaluation that the target location is fit to monitor the tires, the method includes initiating a monitoring mode of the vehicle. In response to initiating the monitoring mode, the method includes rotating front tires and back tires of the vehicle in opposite directions. During the rotation of the front and back tires, the method includes monitoring the rotation of the tires by using one or more vehicle sensors. The method further includes determining one or more anomalies in the vehicle tires based on the monitoring of the rotation of the front and back tires. Based on the determination, the method includes performing one or more remedial actions to mitigate the anomalies.

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
  • G01M 17/02 - Tyres

71.

SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO ADDRESS ENVIRONMENTALLY EXPOSED SURFACES

      
Application Number 17936274
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-28
First Publication Date 2024-03-28
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Yi, Michelle
  • Ghannam, Mahmoud Yousef
  • Van Wiemeersch, John Robert

Abstract

The disclosure is generally directed to systems and methods to address surfaces of a vehicle that are uncomfortable to the touch. An example method executed by a processor includes determining a surface temperature of a component of the vehicle, determining that the surface temperature exceeds a threshold surface temperature, and issuing a notification based on the surface temperature of the component exceeding the threshold surface temperature. Determining the surface temperature of the component can involve operations such as measuring the surface temperature, estimating the surface temperature, and/or predicting the surface temperature. Measuring the surface temperature can involve obtaining a temperature measurement from a thermal sensor. Estimating the surface temperature can involve operations such as evaluating a thermal image of at least a portion of the component, evaluating an ambient temperature, and/or evaluating sunlight exposure. Predicting the surface temperature can include operations such as evaluating predicted weather information and/or evaluating historical vehicle parking information.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01K 3/00 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature
  • B60H 1/00 - Heating, cooling or ventilating devices

72.

AUTOMOTIVE VARIABLE VOLTAGE CONVERTER WITH MULTIPLE SETS OF POWER SWITCHES

      
Application Number 17951757
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-23
First Publication Date 2024-03-28
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Ge, Baoming
  • Chen, Lihua
  • Yonak, Serdar Hakki

Abstract

A variable voltage converter includes a pair of series connected switches, a series connected switch and inductor, and a capacitor having a terminal sharing a node with adjacent terminals of the series connected switches and another terminal sharing a node with adjacent terminals of the series connected switch and inductor such that during operation, a voltage input to the variable voltage converter and a voltage across the capacitor are same and less than a voltage output by the variable voltage converter.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02M 7/483 - Converters with outputs that each can have more than two voltage levels

73.

BRIDGED BATTERY PACK SENSING MODULE FOR MULTIPLE ARRAYS

      
Application Number 17951814
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-23
First Publication Date 2024-03-28
Owner FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Roberts, Daniel Paul
  • Fernandez-Galindo, Francisco
  • West, Liam E.
  • Bertolini, Dominic Mario

Abstract

A battery pack sensing module includes a rigid printed circuit board that is to be carried by and bridge between a pair of battery cell arrays, a plurality of integrated circuits mounted on the rigid printed circuit board, and a pair of sense lead connectors at opposite ends of the rigid printed circuit board. Each of the sense lead connectors is electrically connected with at least one of the integrated circuits and can mate with a receiving connector of one of the battery cell arrays to establish an electrical connection between the receiving connector and the at least one of the integrated circuits.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01M 50/569 - Constructional details of current conducting connections for detecting conditions inside cells or batteries, e.g. details of voltage sensing terminals
  • B60L 50/64 - Constructional details of batteries specially adapted for electric vehicles
  • B60L 58/18 - Methods or circuit arrangements for monitoring or controlling batteries or fuel cells, specially adapted for electric vehicles for monitoring or controlling batteries of two or more battery modules
  • G01R 31/3835 - Arrangements for monitoring battery or accumulator variables, e.g. SoC involving only voltage measurements
  • G01R 31/396 - Acquisition or processing of data for testing or for monitoring individual cells or groups of cells within a battery
  • H01M 10/48 - Accumulators combined with arrangements for measuring, testing or indicating the condition of cells, e.g. the level or density of the electrolyte
  • H01M 50/204 - Racks, modules or packs for multiple batteries or multiple cells
  • H01M 50/519 - Interconnectors for connecting terminals of adjacent batteries; Interconnectors for connecting cells outside a battery casing comprising printed circuit boards [PCB]
  • H05K 1/02 - Printed circuits - Details
  • H05K 1/14 - Structural association of two or more printed circuits

74.

CHILD ASSITANCE FOR DRIVERS

      
Application Number 17952745
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-26
First Publication Date 2024-03-28
Owner FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Ayala De Llano, Adriana
  • Aguilera, Miguel Alfonso
  • Canamar Velarde, Eduardo
  • Moya, Gerardo

Abstract

A vehicle receives a user-input correlation between a plurality of predefined messages and a plurality of predefined behavioral situations defining child behavior. The vehicle determines the presence of at least one child within the vehicle based on vehicle sensor data. Also, the vehicle determines, based on vehicle systems, that one of the predefined behavioral situations is occurring with regards to the at least one child and selects, based on the user-input correlation, at least one message associated with the determined occurrence of the behavioral situation. The vehicle automatically outputs the at least one message through a vehicle output.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60R 22/48 - Control systems, alarms, or interlock systems, for the correct application of the belt or harness
  • 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

75.

VARNISH INJECTOR FOR MOTOR

      
Application Number 17954799
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-28
First Publication Date 2024-03-28
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor Zhang, Xiaogang

Abstract

A method for applying varnish to an electric motor includes locating a varnish injector above a slot of a stator of the electric motor, depressing an intermediate layer in the slot with the varnish injector, and applying varnish from the varnish injector into a gap defined between the intermediate layer and a wall of the slot.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02K 15/12 - Impregnating, heating or drying of windings, stators, rotors or machines

76.

CENTER CONSOLE FOR A VEHICLE

      
Application Number 18239464
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-08-29
First Publication Date 2024-03-28
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor Stephan, Joerg

Abstract

A center console for a vehicle, having at least one storage trough which extends over at least a predominant part of a length of the center console. In order to provide a center console that is of simplified construction and is optimized in terms of its characteristics, the center console has at least one functional unit which is connected to an elevated rearward end portion of the storage trough and which, proceeding from the rearward end portion, extends forwardly in an overhanging manner at least over a part of a length of the storage trough.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60N 3/10 - Arrangements or adaptations of other passenger fittings, not otherwise provided for of receptacles for food or beverages, e.g. refrigerated
  • B60N 2/75 - Arm-rests

77.

CENTER CONSOLE FOR A VEHICLE

      
Application Number 18367213
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-09-12
First Publication Date 2024-03-28
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor Stephan, Joerg

Abstract

A center console for a vehicle, having a storage trough which extends over at least a predominant part of a length of the center console and which has a longitudinally extending side wall that laterally delimits a storage space of the storage trough. In order to optimize an ability of the center console to store articles, the center console has a holding unit which is arranged in the storage space of the storage trough and on the side wall and by use of which at least one article can be temporarily clamped between the holding unit and the side wall.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60R 7/04 - Stowing or holding appliances inside of vehicle primarily intended for personal property smaller than suit-cases, e.g. travelling articles, or maps in driver or passenger space
  • B60R 7/00 - Stowing or holding appliances inside of vehicle primarily intended for personal property smaller than suit-cases, e.g. travelling articles, or maps

78.

CENTER CONSOLE FOR A VEHICLE

      
Application Number 18239451
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-08-29
First Publication Date 2024-03-28
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor Stephan, Joerg

Abstract

A center console for a vehicle, having at least one rearwardly situated armrest and having at least one functional unit. In order to enable an existing structural space to be utilized optimally, and at the same time optimize the center console with regard to its storage space, the functional unit is mounted to be linearly movable between a rearward rest position, in which the functional unit is arranged at least predominantly under the armrest, and at least one forward functional position, in which the functional unit is at least predominantly forwardly offset in relation to the armrest.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60R 7/04 - Stowing or holding appliances inside of vehicle primarily intended for personal property smaller than suit-cases, e.g. travelling articles, or maps in driver or passenger space
  • 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

79.

CENTER CONSOLE AND FRONT SEAT ASSEMBLY FOR A VEHICLE

      
Application Number 18465593
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-09-12
First Publication Date 2024-03-28
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor Stephan, Joerg

Abstract

A center console for a vehicle, having a storage trough which extends over at least a predominant part of a length of the center console. In order to provide a center console that can be easily configured by a user as required, the center console has at least two different electrical functional units which each individually are selectively arrangeable at least partially in a storage space of the storage trough.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60R 7/04 - Stowing or holding appliances inside of vehicle primarily intended for personal property smaller than suit-cases, e.g. travelling articles, or maps in driver or passenger space
  • B60N 2/75 - Arm-rests
  • 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
  • H02J 50/10 - Circuit arrangements or systems for wireless supply or distribution of electric power using inductive coupling

80.

CENTER CONSOLE AND FRONT SEAT ASSEMBLY FOR A VEHICLE

      
Application Number 18466459
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-09-13
First Publication Date 2024-03-28
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor Stephan, Joerg

Abstract

A center console for a vehicle has a storage trough, which extends over at least a predominant part of a length of the center console, and a storage container, which is insertable into the storage trough and which has an upper entrance opening. In order to provide a center console and front seat assembly for a vehicle that are individually configurable in terms of their characteristics, the storage container has a roller shutter for closing the entrance opening.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60R 7/04 - Stowing or holding appliances inside of vehicle primarily intended for personal property smaller than suit-cases, e.g. travelling articles, or maps in driver or passenger space
  • B60N 3/00 - Arrangements or adaptations of other passenger fittings, not otherwise provided for
  • B60N 3/10 - Arrangements or adaptations of other passenger fittings, not otherwise provided for of receptacles for food or beverages, e.g. refrigerated
  • 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

81.

PRODUCTION-SPEED COMPONENT INSPECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD

      
Application Number 18533960
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-12-08
First Publication Date 2024-03-28
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Schultz, Brodie
  • Bullard, Elizabeth
  • Maslar, Francis

Abstract

A component inspection system and method generate a 3D model based on a point cloud and images of an automotive component captured by an imaging system. It is determined whether an anomaly is present based on artificial intelligence driven training and learning. Upon anomaly detection, a type of anomaly is identified and classified. From the 3D model, a type of the automotive component can be identified. The identification of the automotive component and the anomaly detection involve a controller subject to artificial intelligence driven training and learning. The controller determines presence of anomaly and a location of anomaly if any.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06T 7/00 - Image analysis
  • G06F 30/15 - Vehicle, aircraft or watercraft design
  • G06F 30/23 - Design optimisation, verification or simulation using finite element methods [FEM] or finite difference methods [FDM]
  • G06N 3/08 - Learning methods
  • G06T 17/20 - Wire-frame description, e.g. polygonalisation or tessellation

82.

METHODS AND APPARATUS TO DETERMINE BRAKE PAD WEAR

      
Application Number 18534163
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-12-08
First Publication Date 2024-03-28
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Toy, Andrew Edward
  • Lerner, Jeremy
  • Hawley, Taylor
  • Abouali, Mohammad
  • Abdallah, Ali

Abstract

Methods, apparatus, systems, and articles of manufacture to extend brake life cycle are disclosed herein. An example apparatus disclosed herein includes machine readable instructions and processor circuitry to at least one of instantiate or execute the machine readable instructions to activate a brake motor of a brake of a vehicle to cause contact between a brake pad of the brake and a rotor of the brake, compare a power output of the brake motor of the brake to a threshold, and determine a material degradation level of the brake pad based on the comparison of the power output to the threshold.

IPC Classes  ?

83.

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SCENE UNDERSTANDING

      
Application Number 17932795
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-16
First Publication Date 2024-03-28
Owner FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Blandizzi, Pietro
  • Nardi, Lorenzo
  • Török, Ferenc

Abstract

This document discloses system, method, and computer program product embodiments for generating a possible object trajectory. For example, the method includes: analyzing sensor data to detect a moving object in an environment and at least one obstacle that the moving object is unable to traverse; generating a definition for a location of the obstacle in the environment in terms of reference frames defined for a lane and distances from a left boundary of the lane to edges of the obstacle; using the definition for the location of the obstacle and known dimensions of the moving object to detect any free space around the obstacle through which the moving object can traverse; and generating the possible object trajectory based on the detection of any free space.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60W 30/095 - Predicting travel path or likelihood of collision

84.

System, Method, and Computer Program Product for Globalizing Data Association Across Lidar Wedges

      
Application Number 17934327
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-22
First Publication Date 2024-03-28
Owner FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (USA)
Inventor Wyffels, Kevin

Abstract

Provided are systems, methods, and computer program products for globalizing and optimizing data association detections of LiDAR sensor point cloud data by dividing detections across a global LiDAR sweep into detection wedges for perception and prediction of motion tracks detected in a scene surrounding the LiDAR.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01S 17/66 - Tracking systems using electromagnetic waves other than radio waves
  • G01S 7/48 - RADIO DIRECTION-FINDING; RADIO NAVIGATION; DETERMINING DISTANCE OR VELOCITY BY USE OF RADIO WAVES; LOCATING OR PRESENCE-DETECTING BY USE OF THE REFLECTION OR RERADIATION OF RADIO WAVES; ANALOGOUS ARRANGEMENTS USING OTHER WAVES - Details of systems according to groups , , of systems according to group
  • G01S 17/931 - Lidar systems, specially adapted for specific applications for anti-collision purposes of land vehicles

85.

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING ELECTRICAL POWER OUTLETS IN A VEHICLE

      
Application Number 17935990
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-28
First Publication Date 2024-03-28
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Salter, Stuart C.
  • Diamond, Brendan
  • O'Gorman, Ryan
  • Celinske, David
  • Dellock, Paul Kenneth
  • Glickman, David Brian
  • Shenoy, Vyas

Abstract

The disclosure is generally directed to systems and methods for controlling electrical power outlets in a vehicle. An example method executed by a processor of an electrical power outlet controller includes detecting a transitioning of a vehicle to a drive mode and further includes disconnecting, based on the transitioning, electrical power supplied to a first electrical power outlet in the vehicle. The transitioning of the vehicle to the drive mode may be detected based on a transition of a drive selector of the vehicle from a park position to a drive position. In another example method, the processor, detects the vehicle in motion and disconnects electrical power supplied to a second electrical power outlet in the vehicle. The first electrical power outlet and/or the second electrical power outlet are accessible from outside the vehicle, and may, for example, be located outside a cabin area of the vehicle.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60W 10/30 - Conjoint control of vehicle sub-units of different type or different function including control of auxiliary equipment, e.g. air-conditioning compressors or oil pumps
  • 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
  • H04J 4/00 - Combined time-division and frequency-division multiplex systems

86.

SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO GUIDE AN INDIVIDUAL TO AN ELECTRICAL POWER OUTLET IN A VEHICLE

      
Application Number 17936030
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-28
First Publication Date 2024-03-28
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Salter, Stuart C.
  • Diamond, Brendan
  • O'Gorman, Ryan
  • Celinske, David
  • Dellock, Paul Kenneth
  • Glickman, David Brian
  • Shenoy, Vyas

Abstract

The disclosure is generally directed to systems and methods for guiding an individual to an electrical power outlet in a vehicle. An example method executed by a processor of an electrical power outlet controller in a vehicle includes determining that an individual is seeking an electrical power outlet provided on the vehicle, selecting a first electrical power outlet from a plurality of electrical power outlets provided on the vehicle, and providing location information of the first electrical power outlet. The location information may be provided in various forms such as in the form of an audio signal (a beeping sound produced by a beeper, for example), a visual indication (a light source illuminating the electrical power outlet, for example) an audible instruction (navigation assistance provided via a speaker, for example), a graphical indication (navigation assistance via a personal device), and/or a text message (navigation assistance via a personal device).

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60Q 9/00 - Arrangement or adaptation of signal devices not provided for in one of main groups
  • B60R 25/30 - Detection related to theft or to other events relevant to anti-theft systems
  • G06V 20/56 - Context or environment of the image exterior to a vehicle by using sensors mounted on the vehicle
  • G06V 40/10 - Human or animal bodies, e.g. vehicle occupants or pedestrians; Body parts, e.g. hands
  • G08B 7/06 - Signalling systems according to more than one of groups ; Personal calling systems according to more than one of groups using electric transmission

87.

AUTOMATICALLY ADJUSTING DISPLAYED CAMERA ANGLE AND DISTANCE TO OBJECTS

      
Application Number 17936239
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-28
First Publication Date 2024-03-28
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Amodeo, Catherine Marie
  • Herman, David Michael

Abstract

The disclosure is generally directed to systems and methods for detecting that the vehicle is in a reverse mode, receiving a road surface topology, determining a feature of interest is within a collected image and outside a displayed field of view (FOV) for a rear-facing camera due to the road surface topology, adjusting the displayed FOV for the rear-facing camera to place the feature of interest within the displayed FOV. Receiving a reverse mode indication may be over a controller area network (CAN) bus in the vehicle. Receiving a road surface topology includes receiving an estimate of the road surface topology via at least one of monocular depth estimation, photogrammetric range imaging using structure from motion (SFM), multi-view stereo, imaging radar, lidar and a sensor system on the vehicle.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60K 35/00 - Arrangement or adaptations of instruments
  • B60R 1/26 - 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 for viewing an area outside the vehicle, e.g. the exterior of the vehicle with a predetermined field of view to the rear of the vehicle
  • H04L 12/40 - Bus networks

88.

Energy Facility Arranged to Prioritize Favorable Energy Management Actions to Happen Earlier and Non-Favorable Energy Management Actions to Happen Later

      
Application Number 17950236
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-22
First Publication Date 2024-03-28
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Yu, Lan
  • Degner, Michael W.

Abstract

An energy facility, such as a charge station operable for charging electrified vehicles, includes a controller. The controller selects from a group of energy management solutions which achieve favorable energy management activities with a same price of operation of the energy facility, an energy management solution resulting in favorable energy management results soonest. The controller controls the energy facility according to the selected energy management solution.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60L 53/64 - Optimising energy costs, e.g. responding to electricity rates
  • B60L 53/51 - Photovoltaic means
  • B60L 53/53 - Batteries
  • B60L 53/63 - Monitoring or controlling charging stations in response to network capacity

89.

ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURED PART WITH FASTENER SUPPORTS

      
Application Number 17950326
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-22
First Publication Date 2024-03-28
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Forsmark, Joy Hines
  • Hosking, Niamh
  • Koch, Raphael
  • Freeman, Michael James

Abstract

A structural assembly includes a fastener and an additively manufactured component. The additively manufactured component includes a base, a void defined in the base, and a support disposed across the void. The fastener is secured to the base within the void, and the support is captured within a distal end portion of the fastener.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F16B 5/02 - Joining sheets or plates to one another or to strips or bars parallel to them by means of fastening members using screw-thread
  • B33Y 80/00 - Products made by additive manufacturing

90.

AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRIC DRIVE WITH THREE PHASE COUPLED INVERTER

      
Application Number 17951496
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-23
First Publication Date 2024-03-28
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Ge, Baoming
  • Chen, Lihua
  • Yonak, Serdar Hakki

Abstract

A vehicle power system includes an inverter electrically connected between a traction battery and electric machine, a three phase coupled inductor electrically connected between the traction battery and inverter, and one or more controllers that operate the inverter while a common mode voltage at a neutral point of the electric machine is constant.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60L 15/00 - Methods, circuits or devices for controlling the propulsion of electrically-propelled vehicles, e.g. their traction-motor speed, to achieve a desired performance; Adaptation of control equipment on electrically-propelled vehicles for remote actuation from a stationary place, from alternative parts of the vehicle or from alternative vehicles of the same vehicle train
  • H02M 1/12 - Arrangements for reducing harmonics from ac input or output
  • H02M 7/487 - Neutral point clamped inverters
  • H02M 7/5387 - Conversion of dc power input into ac power output without possibility of reversal by static converters using discharge tubes with control electrode or semiconductor devices with control electrode using devices of a triode or transistor type requiring continuous application of a control signal using semiconductor devices only, e.g. single switched pulse inverters in a bridge configuration

91.

SENSOR MIRROR CIRCUITRY WITH REDUCED ERROR COMPOUNDING

      
Application Number 17951753
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-23
First Publication Date 2024-03-28
Owner FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Rutkowski, Brian D.
  • Rutkowski, David John

Abstract

Sense mirror circuitry receives a voltage signal having values corresponding to a magnitude of a measured current. Responsive to the values falling within a first predefined range, the sense mirror circuitry outputs a current at a first predefined magnitude that corresponds to the first predefined range. Responsive to the values falling within a second predefined range, the sense mirror circuitry outputs a current at a second predefined magnitude different than the first predefined magnitude and that corresponds to the second predefined range.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G05F 3/16 - Regulating voltage or current wherein the variable is dc using uncontrolled devices with non-linear characteristics being semiconductor devices
  • G01P 3/44 - Devices characterised by the use of electric or magnetic means for measuring angular speed
  • G01R 19/00 - Arrangements for measuring currents or voltages or for indicating presence or sign thereof
  • H03F 3/345 - Dc amplifiers in which all stages are dc-coupled with semiconductor devices only with field-effect devices
  • H03K 5/24 - Circuits having more than one input and one output for comparing pulses or pulse trains with each other according to input signal characteristics, e.g. slope, integral the characteristic being amplitude

92.

Load-limiting assembly for seatbelt

      
Application Number 17935995
Grant Number 11951932
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-09-28
First Publication Date 2024-03-28
Grant Date 2024-04-09
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Jaradi, Dean M.
  • Faruque, Mohammad Omar
  • Farooq, S. M. Iskander

Abstract

An assembly includes a vehicle pillar elongated along an axis. The assembly includes seatbelt retractor and a webbing retractably extendable from the retractor. The seatbelt retractor is lockable from an unlocked position in which the webbing is extendable from and retractable into the retractor to a locked position in which the retractor restricts extension of the webbing from the retractor. A seatbelt guide is supported by the pillar. The seatbelt retractor is below the seatbelt guide. The webbing extends upwardly from the seatbelt retractor around the seatbelt guide. A releasable connection connects the seatbelt guide to the pillar when the seatbelt retractor is in the unlocked position and releases the seatbelt guide relative to the pillar when force on the webbing exceeds a threshold when the seatbelt retractor is in the locked position. An energy absorber is between the vehicle pillar and the seatbelt guide.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60R 22/20 - Anchoring devices adjustable in position, e.g. in height

93.

Spark plug for boosted engine

      
Application Number 18332260
Grant Number 11942764
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-06-09
First Publication Date 2024-03-26
Grant Date 2024-03-26
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Czekala, Michael
  • Leone, Thomas G.

Abstract

System and methods for operating a vehicle that includes a boosted engine are described. In one example, a spark plug may be adjusted between two operating states to reduce a possibility of pre-ignition and spark plug fouling. A first operating state may be conducive to operating the engine at light loads. The first operating state may be conducive to operating the engine at higher loads.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01T 13/36 - Sparking plugs characterised by features of the electrodes or insulation characterised by the joint between insulation and body, e.g. using cement
  • H01T 13/38 - Selection of materials for insulation
  • F02P 9/00 - Electric spark ignition control, not otherwise provided for

94.

Vehicle trail sight

      
Application Number 29797441
Grant Number D1019502
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-06-30
First Publication Date 2024-03-26
Grant Date 2024-03-26
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Coons, Martin B.
  • Wraith, Paul
  • Park, Dong H.
  • Marleau, James
  • Purcell, Brian

95.

System and method for engine cold start

      
Application Number 18295440
Grant Number 11939900
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-04-04
First Publication Date 2024-03-26
Grant Date 2024-03-26
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Martz, Jason
  • Van Nieuwstadt, Michiel J.
  • Kurtz, Eric
  • Tennison, Paul
  • Fulton, Brien Lloyd
  • Styles, Daniel

Abstract

Methods and systems for reducing emissions of an internal combustion engine are described. In one example, an electric heater and a passive NOx absorber or other emissions control device are positioned in a passage downstream of a combustor so as to process emissions from the combustor before an engine is started.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F01N 3/08 - Exhaust or silencing apparatus having means for purifying, rendering innocuous, or otherwise treating exhaust for rendering innocuous
  • F01N 3/20 - Exhaust or silencing apparatus having means for purifying, rendering innocuous, or otherwise treating exhaust for rendering innocuous by thermal or catalytic conversion of noxious components of exhaust characterised by methods of operation; Control specially adapted for catalytic conversion
  • F01N 13/00 - Exhaust or silencing apparatus characterised by constructional features

96.

Vehicle mirror

      
Application Number 29857904
Grant Number D1019499
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-10-26
First Publication Date 2024-03-26
Grant Date 2024-03-26
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Curic, Kemal
  • Lucas, Earl
  • Meadows, Jordan
  • Chang, Jaewoo
  • Kavaja, Henri

97.

LOAD LIMITING SEATBELT RETRACTOR

      
Application Number 17932396
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-15
First Publication Date 2024-03-21
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Jaradi, Dean M.
  • Faruque, Mohammad Omar
  • Farooq, S.M. Iskander
  • Barbat, Saeed D.

Abstract

A vehicle includes a seatbelt retractor including a housing and a spool rotatably supported by the housing. The seatbelt retractor includes a load limiter fixed to the spool and lockable with the housing. The load limiter has a first coupling and a second coupling spaced from the first coupling on the rotational axis. The first coupling has a first energy absorber retained in a first cavity. The first energy absorber is compressible relative to a first male segment and a first female segment of the coupling. The second coupling has a second energy absorber retained in a second cavity. The second energy absorber is compressible relative to a second male segment and a second female segment of the second coupling.

IPC Classes  ?

98.

CARGO OVERHANG SYSTEM AND METHOD

      
Application Number 17932678
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-16
First Publication Date 2024-03-21
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Dudar, Aed M.
  • Bohr, Scott A.

Abstract

A system and method performed by a first vehicle may include receiving a message from a second vehicle regarding a cargo overhang condition of the second vehicle in which an object carried by the second vehicle extends beyond a perimeter or envelope of the second vehicle, and adjusting an operation of the first vehicle based upon the cargo overhang condition of the second vehicle.

IPC Classes  ?

99.

LOAD-LIMITING ASSEMBLY FOR SEATBELT

      
Application Number 17932683
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-16
First Publication Date 2024-03-21
Owner Ford Global Technologies, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Farooq, S.M. Iskander
  • Faruque, Mohammad Omar
  • Jaradi, Dean M.

Abstract

An assembly includes a vehicle pillar elongated along an axis. The assembly includes seatbelt retractor and a webbing retractably extendable from the retractor. The seatbelt retractor is lockable from an unlocked position in which the webbing is extendable from and retractable into the retractor to a locked position in which the retractor restricts extension of the webbing from the retractor. The assembly includes a frame supported by the pillar and defining a slot elongated along the axis of the pillar. The slot has a terminal upper end. The assembly includes a seatbelt guide slideably engaged with the slot. The seatbelt retractor is below the seatbelt guide. The webbing extends upwardly from the seatbelt retractor around the seatbelt guide. The assembly includes a spring between the frame and the seatbelt guide. The spring biases the seatbelt guide against the terminal upper end of the slot.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60R 22/20 - Anchoring devices adjustable in position, e.g. in height
  • B60R 22/24 - Anchoring devices secured to the side, door, or roof of the vehicle
  • B60R 22/44 - Belt retractors, e.g. reels with means for reducing belt tension during use under normal conditions

100.

PRIVACY-PRESERVING ROAD USAGE CHARGING REPORTS

      
Application Number 17932906
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-16
First Publication Date 2024-03-21
Owner FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Vukovic, Ivan
  • Bandi, Krishna
  • Palakonda, Sathyanarayana Chary
  • Ahmad, Syed Amaar
  • Zane, Joseph

Abstract

A sum report is generated for each vehicle of a plurality of vehicles, the respective sum report indicating an account of the vehicle to be charged and a total sum owed by the vehicle. An aggregate report is generated indicating total amounts owed to each of a plurality of charger domains across the plurality of vehicles without indicating the accounts of the vehicles. The sum reports and the aggregate report are sent to a RUC service provider, the RUC service provider being configured to charge the vehicles using the sum reports and credit the charger domains using the aggregate report, while being unable to determine which routes were taken by the vehicles.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 30/02 - Marketing; Price estimation or determination; Fundraising
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