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Laser ignition safety interlock system and method
A safety interlock system and method is provided for a laser ignition system. The laser device can be disabled upon receiving an indication that the laser...
Method and system for increasing vacuum generation by an engine
A method and a system for providing vacuum via an engine are described. In one example, introduction of a gaseous fuel is ceased in response to a request for...
Air intake system hydrocarbon trap purging
Methods and systems for purging a hydrocarbon trap in an engine intake in a vehicle are disclosed. In one example approach, a method comprises during an engine...
Systems and methods for purge air flow routing
A method, comprising: purging fuel vapors from a fuel vapor canister and/or a fuel vapor bleed element to an engine intake with air routed through a...
Variable restriction fuel vapor canister
Systems and methods for operating an engine with a fuel vapor recovery system are disclosed. In one example approach, a method for an engine with a fuel vapor...
Internal combustion engine having structural frame
A structural frame is provided. The structural frame includes a bottom surface, first and second cylinder block sidewall engaging surfaces, the first and second...
Methods and systems for an intake oxygen sensor
Methods and systems are provided for correcting an EGR rate determined based on an intake manifold oxygen sensor based on an air-fuel ratio of EGR. The output...
Systems and methods for control of turbine-generator via valve
deactivation in a split exhaust engine system
Methods and systems are provided for reducing exhaust energy delivered to a turbine of a turbine-generator coupled to a split exhaust engine system in order to...
Coolant jacket for a turbocharger oil drain
A system including a turbocharger, comprising a turbocharger bearing housing supporting a turbocharger drive shaft; an oil drain including an inlet in fluidic...
Alternate backup entry for vehicles
A door latch system for doors of motor vehicles includes an input device such as a keypad and a backup electrical power supply to unlock the door latch in the...
NOx control during engine idle-stop operations
Methods and systems are provided for improving engine exhaust emissions while enabling exhaust catalyst regeneration following an engine lean event. Prior to a...
Thin-walled magnesium diecast shock tower for use in a vehicle
A shock tower assembly includes a cast shock tower body composed of magnesium or magnesium alloy and at least one steel bridging bracket. An insulating adhesive...
Offset compensation for trailer backup assist steering input device
A trailer backup assist system for a vehicle reversing a trailer, according to one embodiment, includes a sensor that senses a hitch angle between the vehicle...
Lane departure feedback system
A lane departure warning system for a vehicle includes a positional input device and a seat having an inflatable bladder therein and a vibrational unit coupled...
Static road gradient estimation
A vehicle and a vehicle system are provided with a controller that is configured to generate output indicative of a static road gradient estimation based on a...
Autonomous vehicle modes
A vehicle operator is identified. Based at least in part on the operator's identity, one or more parameters are determined specifying a mode for autonomously...
Brake control for stop/start vehicle
A vehicle is provided with an engine and a controller. The engine is adapted to shutdown and restart during a drive cycle and a controller. The controller is...
Methods and system for operating a hybrid vehicle in cruise control mode
Systems and methods for reducing driveline mode change busyness for a hybrid vehicle are presented. The systems and methods may delay a driveline mode change in...
Method and system for operating a motor vehicle brake system
A brake system for a motor vehicle having front and rear axles, the brake system having front and rear axle braking mechanisms operated under pressure control...
Bag-in-bag safety restraint with directional inflation
An air bag system deploys from within a structural element of a vehicle. A main bag is configured for storage in a folded condition in an internal region behind...
Electrical connector for an electronic device holder
An electronic device holder includes a mounting surface configured to receive an electronic device. A door is operably coupled to the mounting surface and is...
Vehicle cargo organiser
A cargo organizer for a vehicle includes a frame at least partially forming a floor of a cargo area of the vehicle. The cargo organizer includes one or more...
Illuminated tie-down cleat
A vehicle is provided that includes a pickup box defining a storage area therein with at least one cleat assembly extending into the storage area. The cleat...
Traction battery dual-stage mounting bracket
A vehicle includes a body structure and a traction battery for providing power to a powertrain. The vehicle also includes a bracket connecting the traction...
Method and device for stabilizing a vehicle against rolling movements
An anti-rolling stabilizer for a motor vehicle is provided. The stabilizer includes a U-shaped torsion bar having an elongated base and two free ends. The...
Hitch angle warning system and method
A hitch angle warning system includes a camera-based hitch angle sensor that senses a hitch angle between a vehicle and a trailer. The hitch angle warning...
Rim insert system
The invention relates to a rim insert system for a rim having at least one opening which forms a rim channel that tapers in a funnel-like manner, and at least...
Method of forming natural fiber polymer composite
A method of forming a natural fiber polymer composite includes the steps of introducing into an extruder a polymer, a natural fiber and a supercritical fluid to...
Method of dressing a resistance spot welding tip
A method is disclosed for dressing a resistance stop welding (RSW) tip and a tip dresser apparatus. According to the method, a circumferential shoulder is cut...
Apparatus and method for detecting a personal communication device in a
An apparatus for detecting a personal communication device (PCD) in a vehicle is provided. The apparatus includes one or more near field communication (NFC)...
Battery thermal management system for electrified vehicle
A battery thermal management system according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a heat spreader, a coolant channel...
Method for assisting vehicle parking using sensors on both a parking
vehicle and a parked vehicle
A method of operating a parking assistance system involves operating a first sensor onboard a parking vehicle to obtain a first distance measurement to a parked...
A system may identify an expected time-of-arrival distribution to a waypoint along a vehicle route, determine energy usage along the route according to a...
Hitch angle sensor assembly
In one embodiment, a hitch angle sensor assembly includes a spacer fixed between a hitch ball and a mounting surface on a vehicle. An element is rotatably...
Transmission hydraulic control system
An automatic transmission uses 6 shift elements applied in combinations of four to establish ten forward speed ratios and a reverse speed ratio. The automatic...
A family of transmission gearing arrangements produces up to nine forward and one reverse speed ratios by selective engagement of three shift elements in...
Crankshaft pendulum assembly having kidney-shaped track
A pendulum crankshaft assembly for an internal combustion engine includes a pendulum carrier, a pendulum and rolling pins. The carrier and the pendulum have...
Control of a transmission friction element using an adaptive transfer
A transmission clutch control method includes defining a transfer function relating clutch torque to a control signal under transmission operating conditions;...
Various systems and methods for determining a start of fuel injection including a gaseous fuel in an internal combustion engine are provided. In one embodiment,...
Method and system for direct injection noise mitigation
A method is provided which mitigates the noise of a direct injection system in a port fuel injection and direct fuel injection (PFI-DI) engine and reduces NVH...
Method and system for improving engine starting
An engine system and method for improving engine starting are disclosed. In one example, engine port throttles are adjusted to improve fuel vaporization of a...
Systems and methods for operating an evaporative emissions system
Methods and systems are provided for selectively cooling a fuel vapor canister based on vehicle operating conditions, or in response to an anticipated or...
Multi-cell structure for automotive catalyst support
An exhaust system is described including an exhaust manifold having different length runners, with an emission control device housing a plurality of catalyst...
Ammonia storage management for SCR catalyst
Various systems and methods are described for managing ammonia storage in an SCR catalyst. In one example approach, a method comprises, in response to a...
Valvetrain impact absorber
Embodiments may provide a valve train for an engine including a valve stem configured for reciprocating movement to open and close a port in a combustion...
Ice breaking strategy for vehicle side windows
Described herein is a vehicle side window system and method for implementing an ice breaking strategy. The ice breaking strategy receives and analyzes sensor...
Rain onset detection glazing auto-close
A vehicle system may include a plurality of exterior capacitive sensors, such as door handles, and a controller in communication with the plurality of...
Hood latch release system
A hood latch release system for a vehicle. The hood latch release system may have a cable and a linkage. Deflection of the cable may actuate the linkage to...
Height adjustable load compartment floor system
A height adjustable floor system for a motor vehicle includes a load compartment floor having front and rear floor members that are pivotally connected together...
Object avoidance for a trailer backup assist system
A trailer backup assist system, according to one embodiment, includes a steering input device for inputting a desired backing path of a trailer. The trailer...