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Four-way rocker switch
A multiple contact switch assembly is provided and may be characterized as a four-way rocker switch or as a two axis rocker switch. The switch assembly comprises...
System and method for improved fuel economy during vehicle deceleration
A method of operating an engine of a vehicle having a powertrain having a transmission is described. The method includes, during a driver tip-out condition where...
Hybrid electric vehicle powertrain with torque transfer case
A torque transfer case for a hybrid electric vehicle powertrain with engine and electric power sources is described, the electric power source comprising an...
A method for controlling an engine airflow, the engine having at least one cylinder, the engine also having an intake manifold and an outlet control device for...
System and method for engine with fuel vapor purging
A system for an engine of a vehicle traveling on the road, comprising of a first fuel injector coupled to a cylinder of the engine, a second fuel injector...
Pushrod engine with multiple independent lash adjusters for each pushrod
A multiple-cylinder internal combustion engine having a camshaft-driven valvetrain with a camshaft disposed within an engine block includes at least two intake...
Electronic method and system for monitoring containers and products
An electronic method for monitoring the location of a container and one or more products capable of being contained in the container in an operating environment....
Photovoltaically powered cathodic protection system for automotive vehicle
A photovoltaically powered cathodic protection system for an automotive vehicle uses electrical energy arising from a photovoltaic array positioned upon an...
Method of making a body panel assembly
A method of manufacturing a body panel assembly for a vehicle. The method includes providing first and second panels, applying an adhesive, positioning the first...
System and a method for dissipating voltage in an electrical circuit of a
A system and a method for dissipating voltage in an electrical circuit of a vehicle. The system includes a power source and an inverter. The power source has a...
Vehicle impact sensor using both accelerometer and pressure sensing for
side impact detection
A restraint control system (40) for an automotive vehicle (10) is illustrated with a first sensor such as a door cavity pressure sensor (28) and a second sensor...
Switch feel measurement system calibration
A method may be employed to assure that a switch measurement system accurately measures a torque/angular displacement profile for a rotary switch. A procedure...
Air/fuel ratio validation for lean burn
A multi-cylinder group engine system operable in at least a first mode and a second mode, where in the first mode a first and second cylinder group combust air...
Vehicle fog light bezel
Attitude sensing system for an automotive vehicle relative to the road
A stability control system (18) for an automotive vehicle includes a plurality of sensors (28-39) sensing the dynamic conditions of the vehicle. The sensors may...
Reflective collimation optic
An optical system includes a light source 102 disposed for generating light preferably in a line. An optical element 104 includes a stepped reflecting surface...
Fuel injector spray pattern for direct injection spark ignition engines
A system and method for operating an internal combustion engine include injecting fuel through a plurality of fuel jets of a fuel injector directly into a...
Engine and valvetrain with compact rocker arm and fulcrum assembly for
internal combustion engines
An internal combustion engine having a plurality of intake and/or exhaust valves associated with each cylinder includes a valvetrain having a fulcrum with a...
Exhaust gas aftertreatment systems
A method is presented for determining an amount of reductant stored in the catalyst by intrusively desorbing a portion of reductant and monitoring the response...
Temperature sensitive dipstick
A fluid level indicator for determining the level of fluid in a container includes a dipstick that is entered into the fluid in the container and withdrawn from...
Manifold pressure control for a variable event valvetrain
A method for improving engine intake manifold pressure control of an internal combustion engine is described. According to one aspect of the description, the...
Engine valve control system and method
A method of operating an engine having at least one cylinder, said cylinder including at least one electric valve actuator, said actuator including at least a...
Method and system to automatically drain and dispose of accumulated water
from water/fuel separators in diesel
A method and system are provided for removing water/fuel mixture from a water/fuel separator. The method injects the water/fuel mixture is injected into an...
Vehicle side mirror
Engine output control system and method
A system for an engine, comprising of a cylinder located in the engine; a first injector for injecting a first fuel into said cylinder; a second injector for...
Poppet valve operating system for internal combustion engine
A poppet valve operating system for an internal combustion engine includes poppet valves which are driven by rocker arms rotationally mounted to a rocker shaft....
Method to facilitate failure modes and effects analysis
A method and system to facilitate failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA) of one or more components of a system. The FMEA is indicated with the generation of...
System and method for controlling activation of a power source of a hybrid
A system and method of controlling activation of a power source of a hybrid electric vehicle. The method includes determining a vehicle speed, determining an...
Locking mechanism for the crankshaft of an internal combustion engine
A locking mechanism (6) is provided to block the internal combustion engine (1) at prepositioned cranking angle after shutting down. Preferably, the crankshaft...
Switching-valve arrangement for a shifting system of an automatic
The invention relates to a switching-valve arrangement for a shifting system of an automatic transmission having a first actuator for engaging and releasing...
Automotive vehicle with repositionable D-pillar roof structure
An automotive vehicle body includes a tailgate and a repositionable D-pillar structure which is slidingly engaged with the body and movable from a first position...
Device for reducing the impact for pedestrians
The invention relates to a device for reducing the impact for a pedestrian relative to a vehicle, which vehicle is provided with windshield and a hood covering...
System and method for braking a vehicle
A system and method is provided for braking a vehicle having multiple wheels. The method includes applying friction braking and powertrain braking to the...
Controlling engine operation with a first and second fuel
A method of operating an internal combustion engine including at least a combustion chamber having a piston disposed therein, the method comprising during a...
Method for controlling a twin-clutch transmission
The invention concerns a method of controlling a twin-clutch transmission (10). When the torque transmitted in a first transmission path (C1, E2, Z8, Z9, S2, Z3,...
Data management and networking system and method
A data management and networking system and method are provided for automatically retrieving and storing data from a machine tool for distribution to a remote...
Climate controlled vehicle console with window
A vehicle having a climate-controlled console (14) is provided. The vehicle (10) includes a vehicle frame (12) and a console (14) attached to the vehicle frame...
Roll bar assembly for a vehicle
A roll bar assembly capable of punching through a rear window on deployment comprises a deployable u-shaped roll bar fitted with a pin made of hard material. The...
Control system for a hybrid electric vehicle to anticipate the need for a
A parallel hybrid electric vehicle method and system including an internal combustion engine (ICE), an electric traction motor/generator, and a controller. A...
Automotive onboard fire suppression system reservoir with internal
An automotive vehicle includes a vehicle body and at least one reservoir containing a fire suppressant agent. A distribution system receives the fire suppression...
System and method for tip-in knock compensation
A method of controlling an engine, the method comprising of providing fuel having a blend to a cylinder of the engine, actively varying said fuel blend in...
System and method for validating velocities of torque generating devices
in a vehicle
A method for validating engine and motor velocities in a vehicle having an engine and two motors is provided. The method validates the velocities without using...
Method of controlling an automotive vehicle having a trailer using rear
axle slip angle
A system and method of controlling a vehicle with a trailer comprises determining the presence of a trailer, determining a vehicle velocity, determining a...
Method and apparatus to enhance brake-steer of a vehicle using a
controllable suspension component
A system and method of controlling an automotive vehicle having a controllable suspension component includes applying brake-steer to at least one wheel,...
Hydraulic system providing pressure and volume flows in a double-clutch
A hydraulic system for providing pressure and volume flows in a double-clutch transmission. A first clutch and a second clutch are preceded by at least one...
Multi-stroke cylinder operation in an internal combustion engine
A method for starting an internal combustion engine of a hybrid-electric vehicle having a controller, the engine having a plurality of cylinders, each with at...
Method to control electromechanical valves
A system for controlling electromechanical of an internal combustion has a valve-closing electromagnet for attracting the armature coupled to the valve to close...