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US-9,950,449 Process and tool for forming a vehicle component
A tool and a process for forming a vehicle component is provided. An insert has a lost core generally encapsulated by a cast metal shell. The insert has an...
US-9,950,391 Welding system for vehicle body components
A welding system is provided. The welding system includes a fixture, a plurality of pressure blocks, and a laser welder. The fixture is configured to grasp a...
US-9,949,334 ESD protection for dynamic lighting
A lighting assembly including a circuit is disclosed. The circuit is configured to be disposed in a panel defining a cavity forming an opening. The circuit...
US-9,947,975 Battery coolant circuit control
A vehicle includes a traction battery arranged to be cooled by a chiller of a refrigerant system, and a radiator of a coolant system. The coolant system...
US-9,947,945 Ventilation system for an automotive fuel cell stack enclosure
A fuel cell stack is housed within a fuel cell stack enclosure. Air is used to ventilate the fuel cell stack enclosure. The air may be pulled from an air stream...
US-9,947,932 Lithium-air battery cathodes and methods of making the same
A lithium-air battery cathode having increased mesopore and macropore volume and methods of making the cathode are provided. In at least one embodiment, a...
US-9,945,752 Fuel tank pressure sensor rationality testing for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles
A method for a hybrid-electric vehicle is presented, wherein a fuel tank is sealed closed during a first condition that includes an inductive charging event,...
US-9,945,475 Downshift scheduling for a vehicle
A vehicle includes an accelerator pedal moveable across a plurality of predefined positions and a controller programmed to, responsive to the pedal reaching a...
US-9,945,449 Multi-speed transmission
A transmission gearing arrangement has four simple planetary gear sets and six shift elements. The six shift elements are engaged in combinations of three to...
US-9,945,428 Clutch assembly and transmission
A transmission utilizes a three clutch module. The clutch module may be pre-assembled before it is assembled into the transmission. All three clutch packs are...
US-9,945,344 Method and system for ignition control
Methods and systems are provided for addressing spark plug soot fouling. In one example, spark plug tip temperatures are raised and maintained elevated by...
US-9,945,334 Positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) device and engine assembly employing the same
An engine assembly is provided with an intake manifold having a manifold body downstream of a fresh air intake port. The manifold body has a wall defining first...
US-9,945,331 Cleaning of a charge-air cooler in a system with exhaust gas recirculation arrangement
Methods and systems are provided for cleaning a water-cooled charge-air cooler. In one example, a method may include condensing water present in the supplied...
US-9,945,316 Methods and system mitigating direct injection degradation
Methods and systems for simultaneously operating port fuel injectors and direct fuel injectors of an internal combustion engine are described. In one example,...
US-9,945,310 Methods and system for adjusting engine water injection
Methods and systems are provided for water injection into an engine and adjusting engine operation based on engine dilution demand and engine knock. In one...
US-9,945,309 Vehicle method for barometric pressure identification
A vehicle method for barometric pressure identification, including adjusting engine operation responsive to barometric pressure, the barometric pressure based...
US-9,945,300 Transmission input torque management
A method of operating a vehicle includes measuring a transmission output torque, measuring impeller and turbine speeds, estimating a transmission component...
US-9,945,282 Bore bridge and cylinder cooling
An engine includes a cylinder block with first and second saw cuts intersecting a block face on opposed sides of a block bore bridge. A cylinder head has third...
US-9,945,258 Sheet metal turbine housing with cellular structure reinforcement
Systems are provided for a reinforcement element coupled to a sheet metal turbine housing that imparts desirable thermal-protective and structurally...
US-9,945,161 Lock system for dual vehicle closures
A vehicle includes a body structure having an opening, a liftgate panel movably mounted to the body adjacent the opening, and a decklid that is movably mounted...
US-9,945,154 Sliding key
A key assembly includes a key: defining a retaining recess, being slideably received in a key rail, and having a key pin; a slider: with extensions, defining a...
US-9,944,333 Tailgate storage compartment
A pickup-truck box includes a pair of opposing sidewalls each having a first latching component. A tailgate is attached between the sidewalls and includes an...
US-9,944,331 Perforated deformation region for a vehicle hood
A hood for a vehicle includes an inner panel having a deformation region on at least a portion of the inner panel. The deformation region defining a plurality...
US-9,944,329 Structural reinforcement for vehicle body
A structural reinforcement member for a vehicle body includes a bracket sized for mounting to a roof rail, spanning along the roof rail from a first pillar past...
US-9,944,323 Twenty-four-cornered strengthening member for vehicles
A strengthening member for a motor vehicle and a vehicle including a strengthening member are provided. The strengthening member can have a cross-section that...
US-9,944,322 Composite subframe detachment
A subframe for a vehicle includes a subframe structure and a rear end joint. The rear end joint is formed on the subframe structure for attachment to a floor...
US-9,944,314 Steering assist system and related methods
A steering assist system for a vehicle comprises a steering assist module configured to determine a baseline assistance force to be applied to a steering system...
US-9,944,289 System and method for controlling a transmission gear shift
A system and method for controlling a transmission gear shift during a braking event in a vehicle having an electric motor and friction brakes both operable to...
US-9,944,288 Vehicle idle and launch control
A transmission controller implements a neutral idle feature to reduce fuel consumption. A brake controller implements a Hill Start Assist feature to prevent...
US-9,944,285 Hybrid vehicle and lash mitigation strategy
A drivetrain system includes a controller that is programmed to, in a presence of a request for increased drivetrain torque that results in reversal of...
US-9,944,276 Method and system for engine control
Methods and systems are provided for synergizing the benefits of a variable compression ratio engine in a hybrid vehicle system. A vehicle controller may hold...
US-9,944,269 Input torque trim for transmission shift control during regenerative braking
A system and method for controlling a step-ratio transmission gearshift during a regenerative braking event for a hybrid vehicle having an engine selectively...
US-9,944,265 Method for controlling a brake pressure booster
A method for controlling a brake pressure booster with hydraulic brake boosting wherein the activation of an additional pressure source takes place upon...
US-9,944,248 Airbag including a secondary panel extending across a valley defining a secondary chamber
An airbag includes a panel, a secondary panel, and an opening. The panel defines an inflation chamber inflatable to an inflated position and includes a valley...
US-9,944,243 Protective guard for restraints control module
A guard for a restraints control module includes a corrugated base and right and left corrugated sidewalls. The sidewalls extend above the base and are spaced...
US-9,944,240 Iris seal power outlet closure
A power outlet seal for a vehicle includes an iris seal and an actuator knob configured to translate the iris seal between an opened configuration and a closed...
US-9,944,238 Wiring protection device in a vehicle
A wiring protection device in a vehicle comprises a support base and a support branch. The support base includes a fixed end and a free end opposite the fixed...
US-9,944,237 Proximity switch assembly with signal drift rejection and method
A proximity switch assembly and method for detecting activation of a proximity switch assembly is provided. The method includes steps of generating activation...
US-9,944,232 Latching mechanism for automotive under seat drawer
An apparatus for selectively latching a drawer for storing objects and movable in a travel direction from beneath an automotive seat. The apparatus comprises...
US-9,944,219 Headlamp module slip plane bracket
A slip plane bracket for a front end sub-assembly of a vehicle and method of assembling the front end of the vehicle is disclosed. The slip plane bracket...
US-9,944,200 Variable creep torque
An exemplary creep torque selection method includes selecting an amount of reverse creep torque for a vehicle. The selecting is independent from an amount of...
US-9,944,186 Hybrid truck and hybrid truck accessory
A vehicle includes a cargo bed, first open electrical circuit, and tonneau cover. The cargo bed has first and second sides extending upward. The first open...
US-9,944,166 Axle assembly for hybrid electric vehicle
A hybrid electric vehicle axle includes two separate pinion gears meshing with a single beveled ring gear. One pinion gear conveys power from the internal...
US-9,944,148 Anti-roll systems and related methods
Anti-roll systems and related methods are disclosed. An example anti-roll system includes a first stabilizer bar having a first end to operatively couple to a...
US-9,944,143 Spring pad for vehicle suspension
A spring pad arranged between a terminal winding of a helical spring of a vehicle wheel suspension. The winding defines a rolled spring end. A spring plate...
US-9,943,901 Adjustable stamping die
A stamping die is provided. The stamping die includes a die block, a punch, and a trap wall. The punch is configured to engage the die block in order to form a...
US-9,943,900 Electro-hydraulic forming machine with electrodes that advance within a fluid chamber toward a workpiece
A system for electro-hydraulically forming a sheet metal part in an electro-hydraulic forming (EHF) machine. The part in a first shape is placed in the EHF...
US-9,943,373 Evaluating prosthetic heart valve placement
A method for evaluating the placement of a prosthetic heart valve in a structure of interest. The method comprises acquiring one or more depictions of an...
US-9,942,971 Detecting outages in a LED lamp assembly
Apparatus and systems are disclosed for detecting outages in an LED lamp assembly. An example disclosed lamp assembly includes a plurality of LED circuits...
US-9,942,948 Method of controlling a heated portion of a windshield
A method of preventing a windshield wiper from freezing to a windshield of a vehicle is provided. The method broadly includes the steps of: (a) monitoring a...
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