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System for dynamically determining vehicle rear/trunk loading for use in a
vehicle control system
A control system (18) and method for an automotive vehicle (10) includes a pitch rate sensor (37) generating a pitch rate signal, a longitudinal acceleration...
System and method for alerting a driver of a hybrid electric vehicle that
the vehicle is in a drive state
An engine of a hybrid electric vehicle is started following a determination that the vehicle is not moving, the ignition system is in a run state, a door is...
System and method for controlling a state of charge of an energy storage
A system and method for controlling the state of charge of an energy storage system examines a number of parameters to determine if a target state of charge...
Drying method for fuel cell stacks
For various reasons, it can be desirable to subject fuel cells to drying procedures. In solid polymer electrolyte fuel cells for instance, drying may be carried...
Method of improving cardiac function of a diseased heart
A method of treating heart failure and improving cardiac function by administering stem cell products to a heart in need of treatment, whereby the stem cell...
Energy absorbing seat anchor restraint system for child safety seats
An energy-absorbing deformable structure to attach a child safety seat to a mounting portion of a vehicle comprises a bracket. The bracket includes a base...
Simultaneous single rail movement system for a vehicle door
A simultaneous single rail movement system for a vehicle door includes an outboard hinge arm, an inboard hinge arm, a rail, and a guide track. The outboard hinge...
Stowable child seat for automotive vehicles
A child seat mount assembly, a seat for mounting a child seat, and a passenger vehicle having a stowable child seat are provided. A seat back is connected to the...
Cantilevered support for automotive seats
An interior seat assembly for a motor vehicle is provided. The interior seat assembly includes a center console, a seat back, a seat bottom, and a cantilevered...
Inflatable curtain airbag systems
A curtain airbag system includes a sail panel. The sail panel may be attached with an inflatable curtain of the curtain airbag system.
System and method for clearing crush space in a vehicle through the use of
A system for clearing crush space in an automotive vehicle, the system including a vehicle having a passenger compartment, an impact displaced component...
Cooling system and method for cooling a battery in a vehicle
A cooling system and method for cooling a battery in a vehicle is provided. The method includes determining whether the cooling system is operating to cool a...
Nitric oxide donors for inducing neurogenesis
There is provided a method of promoting neurogenesis by administering a therapeutic amount of a nitric oxide donor compound to a patient in need of neurogenesis...
Readying cooling circuits for use in fuel cells
A flush and fill process is used to ready a fuel cell cooling circuit for initial use. An external flushing system releasably connected to the cooling circuit...
Assembly including a planetary pinion carrier and one-way clutch
A planetary gear unit for an automatic transmission includes a pinion carrier including a first disc formed with first holes located radially from an axis joined...
Automotive body structure with spin welded hardware mounts
An automotive body structure includes a tubular load bearing structure and a hardware mount having a base plate with an annular axially extending spin welding...
Vehicle tailgate movement assist mechanism using lever driven rotary
A vehicle tailgate movement assist mechanism including a tailgate configured to rotate between opened and closed positions, and a tailgate lever arm fixedly...
Hydraulic actuator for a vehicular power train
An actuator system includes a piezoelectric pump; an accumulator including a cylinder, a piston located in the cylinder, a port located at a first side of the...
Detection of a humidity sensor failure in an internal combustion engine
A method to determine degradation of a humidity sensor used for controlling an engine of a vehicle, the humidity sensor exterior to a passenger compartment of...
Systems and methods for controlled shutdown and direct start for internal
Systems and methods for controlling shut down of a multiple cylinder internal combustion engine include a mechanical energy storage device to decelerate an...
Gas analyzing apparatus and method
A gas analyzing apparatus for analyzing gas composition in a multi-gas stream is disclosed. The gas analyzing apparatus includes a plurality of sensors adapted...
Vehicle wheel cover
Active driven wheel lift identification for an automotive vehicle
A roll control system (16) for an automotive vehicle (10) is used to actively detect if one of the plurality of the driven wheels (12) is lifted. The system...
Sensor arrangement and method for using same
A sensor arrangement includes, in some embodiments, a magnetostrictive element configured to output magnetic signals in response to a magnetic field. A sensor is...
A safety device a for a vehicle including a load distributing member for arrangement in front of a vehicle seat so as to be exposed to an impact load from a...
One piece modular design for rear seat head restraints and snap in bracket
A vehicle comprising a frame having a rear seat and first and second side structural walls. A modular unit extends between and is fixedly connected to the first...
Method to reduce engine emissions for an engine capable of multi-stroke
operation and having a catalyst
A method to control valves in a cylinder operating in a multi-stroke cylinder mode. Valves are controlled to improve engine emissions as operating conditions vary.
Integrated sensing system
A vehicle control system includes a housed sensor cluster generating a plurality of signals. An integrated controller includes a sensor signal compensation unit...
Avoiding drift engagement of a hydraulic clutch
A method for controlling speed of an input shaft to a hydraulically actuated clutch that includes a hydraulic balance dam volume includes determining a limit...
Operation of electrically controlled transmissions at lower temperatures
A system and method for controlling electromechanical valves operating in a transmission is presented. According to the method, transmission operation can be...
Door latch system for automotive vehicle
A door latch system for an automotive vehicle includes a latch having a housing mounted to a door inner panel and a release lever operated by a release rod...
Engine with two port fuel injectors
A system for an engine, comprising of a cylinder located in the engine, a first port injector for injecting a first fuel into said cylinder, and a second...
Controlled port oxidation of direct injection spark ignition engines
A system and method for operating an engine is disclosed. The system and method includes performing multiple ignitions during a single engine cycle. According to...
Apparatus with mixed fuel separator and method of separating a mixed fuel
In an apparatus comprising a fuel tank, an internal combustion engine, and a separator positioned fluidically between the fuel tank and the internal combustion...
System and method for controlling valve timing of an engine with cylinder
Various systems and methods are disclosed for carrying out combustion in a fuel-cut operation in some or all of the engine cylinders of a vehicle. Further,...
Secondary airflow system for engine exhaust emission diagnostics
In one example, a system for an engine having an intake system and an exhaust system is described. The system comprises: an airflow sensor coupled to the intake...
Vehicle fog light bezel
Parametric modeling method and system for conceptual vehicle design
An electronic method for parametric modeling of a conceptual vehicle design. The method includes (a) receiving dimensional input including one or more vehicle...
Method and system for forward collision avoidance in an automotive vehicle
A method and system for autonomous collision avoidance in multiple obstacle scenarios. A forward collision avoidance system detects obstacles in front of a...
Roll stability control system for an automotive vehicle using coordinated
control of anti-roll bar and brakes
A roll stability control system (18) for an automotive vehicle (10) includes an active anti-roll bar system (62) and a rollover sensor (40) that generates a roll...
Active night vision image intensity balancing system
A vision system (10) for a vehicle (14) includes a light source (46) that generates an illumination beam (20). A receiver (62) generates a first image signal and...
Deceleration warning device and method for a motor vehicle
A deceleration warning device for reducing rear-end collisions in road traffic includes a sensor for detecting a longitudinal acceleration value, a control...
Sensor calibration and parameter identification in a multi-phase motor
In a multi-phase motor drive that includes a bus capacitor, a multi-phase motor, a multi-phase inverter, multiple switches each having an on-state and an...
USB connector protective cover
A universal serial bus connector assembly for sealing a plug against the intrusion of foreign material is provided. The connector assembly includes a plug...