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US-D507,998 Vehicle rear bumper
US-6,921,444 Method of locally heating a part to reduce strength and increase ductility for subsequent manufacturing operation
A method of performing manufacturing operations on a workpiece made of a high strength alloy is disclosed in which a local area of a workpiece is heated to...
US-6,918,624 Vehicle tailgate with supplemental tailgate having a flip out step
A tailgate for a vehicle has a supplemental tailgate that retracts within the tailgate and is extendable therefrom in order to provide multiple assist functions....
US-6,918,613 Air bag inflator gas venting system
An air bag module for venting inflation gas if an out-of-position vehicle occupant is too close to the module for proper air bag deployment. The module has an...
US-6,918,577 Tooling plate for a flexible manufacturing system
A tooling plate to fixture a workpiece for a vehicle subassembly is provided, including a planar body 10 for supporting fixture tools 32, 34 for holding a...
US-6,918,362 Engine with variable cam timing and control advantageously using humidity sensor
A system and method for utilizing a humidity sensor with an internal combustion engine of a vehicle is described. Specifically, information from the humidity...
US-6,917,801 Communication system for use with a vehicle
This invention relates to a communication system for use with a vehicle. The system comprises a first communication unit (1), being positioned within a vehicle...
US-6,917,700 Method and apparatus for the determination of the contour of sheet metal blanks
A certain percentage of sheet metal blanks (20) for cars are not bounded by straight cuts. These so-called contour blanks are cut by form dies to optimize...
US-6,917,693 Vehicle data acquisition and display assembly
A vehicle data acquisition and display assembly 10 which includes several cameras 75 which selectively and cooperatively receive images 77 from the environment...
US-6,917,305 Vehicle collision severity estimation system
A collision severity estimation system (10) for an automotive vehicle (12) is provided. The system (10) includes one or more object detection sensors (22)...
US-6,916,566 System and method for rapid preheating of an automotive fuel cell
A system 10 for selectively and rapidly preheating one or more vehicle fuel cells 12 during cold start or freezing conditions. The system 10 includes a bypass...
US-6,916,117 Bearing shell for use as a crankshaft thrust bearing
A bearing shell for a crankshaft thrust bearing has a circumferential oil passage (4) formed on the inside of shell (6) of bearing shell (1). An oil passage (4)...
US-6,915,630 Engine control for a vehicle equipped with an emission control device
A method is described for operating an engine coupled to an emission control device that stores and reacts oxidants such as NO.sub.x. The method transitions from...
US-6,915,198 Vehicle fast torque coordination
Rapidly changing torque demand is coordinated in an automotive vehicle having an engine and at least one motor. An engine base torque level indicating slowly...
US-6,915,196 Method for operating a vehicle crash safety system in a vehicle having a pre-crash sensing system and...
A vehicle crash safety system (10) for an automotive vehicle has a pre-crash sensing system (17) generating a pre-crash signal, a vehicle dynamics detector (32)...
US-6,915,193 Method for determining a longitudinal vehicle velocity by compensating individual wheel speeds using pitch attitude
A control system (24) for controlling a safety system (40) of an automotive vehicle includes a plurality of wheel speed sensors (30) generating a plurality of...
US-6,913,309 Vehicle door arrangement
A vehicle 7 is provided having a vehicle body 36 with an opening 16 having first and second ends 18, 20. The vehicle body 7 has a first door 22. A second door 28...
US-6,913,308 Forward facing rear door assembly for motor vehicles
A forward facing rear door assembly for a motor vehicle includes a forward facing rear door having a forward end and a rear end. The forward facing rear door...
US-6,912,844 System and method for determining set point location for oxidant-based engine air/fuel control strategy
The invention relates to a new method and system for optimizing the efficiency of an automotive catalytic converter by adjusting the engine air/fuel ratio based...
US-6,912,842 Oxygen storage capacity estimation
A more precise method for determining the oxygen storage capacity of an exhaust gas aftertreatment device is presented. The most accurate capacity estimate is...
US-6,911,489 Methods for preparing agglomerated pellets of polytetrafluoroethylene and molded articles and the agglomerated...
PTFE pellets with good bulk density, homogeneity, and flowability properties may be obtained by: (1) wetting a PTFE powder with a solvent, to obtain a wetted PTFE...
US-6,910,990 Engine control to reduce impacts due to transmission gear lash while maintaining high responsiveness to the driver
An engine control system controls engine torque to transition through the transmission and driveline's lash zone. The transmission and driveline's lash zone is...
US-6,910,457 Method and system for switching off an internal combustion engine
The invention relates to a method for switching off an internal combustion engine and to an internal combustion engine suitable for carrying out said method....
US-6,910,455 Spark ignition engine with shallow bowl-in-piston geometry
A piston for use with a direct injection, spark ignition engine includes a piston body with a top face having a piston deck and a shallow bowl. Furthermore, the...
US-6,910,449 Method for auto-ignition operation and computer readable storage device for use with an internal combustion engine
An internal combustion engine that can be operated in compression ignition mode, comprising a fuel injector (2) for each cylinder; a fuel injection control unit...
US-6,910,251 Transport and assembly device
A transport and assembly device for assembling a shaft seal, particularly one with a seal lip directed radially toward the inside, into a camshaft arrangement...
US-6,909,543 Foveated display system
An improved theater geometry which is capable of providing improved image resolution and improved image contrast over prior systems is achieved with a unique...
US-6,908,644 Clearcoat insitu rheology control via UV cured oligomeric additive network system
The present invention discloses a photocurable composition that is combinable with a thermally curable clearcoat composition to form a dual curable composition...
US-6,908,408 Multiple-speed power transmission for motor vehicles
A multiple-speed transmission for use in an automotive vehicle driveline includes a torque converter, three simple planetary gear units, or two simple planetary...
US-6,908,269 Dynamic cargo hooks for automotive vehicles
A dynamic cargo restraint system has a stationary hook member mounted in a bezel for engagement with a second movable hook member that is stored in a second...
US-6,908,145 Vehicle passenger compartment components and manufacturing process for making the same
A process or method of making a vehicle passenger compartment floor component such as a central tunnel or rocker panel. Base extrusion pieces and upper pieces...
US-6,907,347 Systems and method for estimating speed and pitch sensor errors
Systems and methods for estimating the bias and scale factor in a speed sensor and pitch sensor using a modified adaptive filter. A filter learns adaptively in a...
US-6,907,337 Vehicle torque resolution
Hybrid vehicles and other vehicles with one or more torque producing devices operate more effectively with proper resolution of torque requests. In one aspect of...
US-6,907,325 Method of operating a hybrid electric vehicle to limit noise, vibration, and harshness
A controller and a method for use in a vehicle to limit noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) by controlling torque matching between a first power source and a...
US-6,905,435 Multiple-speed power transmission for motor vehicles
A multiple-speed transmission for use in an automotive vehicle driveline includes a torque converter, three simple planetary gear units, or two simple planetary...
US-6,905,156 Automotive closure panel with pivot-mounted alignment system
An automotive closure panel which is rotatable about a pivot axis has an axial locator insert situated within a pivot bearing insert bore to set a margin...
US-6,904,950 Method and arrangement for affecting time, temperature and transformation dependent stress relief in sprayform...
Method and apparatus for controlling a spray-forming process incorporating time, temperature, and transformation dependent stress relief techniques involves the...
US-6,904,876 Sodium cooled pistons for a free piston engine
A free piston engine is configured with a pair of opposed engine cylinders located on opposite sides of a fluid pumping assembly. An inner piston assembly...
US-6,904,813 System and method for monitoring torque in an electric motor
A method for monitoring torque in an electric motor is provided. First, the motor current is measured and the AC torque is determined based on the measured...
US-6,904,762 Pump pressure limiting method
A novel pump pressure limiting method for preventing coolant in a cooling system from reaching pressures that exceed predetermined system coolant pressure...
US-6,904,751 Engine control and catalyst monitoring with downstream exhaust gas sensors
A system and method for controlling an internal combustion engine for low emissions include an inner feedback control loop to control the engine fuel/air ratio...
US-6,904,396 System and method for determining and communicating progress toward achieving optimal motor vehicle characteristics
A method and system is provided for determining the progress toward the achievement of best-in-class motor vehicles. The method may be comprised of several...
US-6,904,395 System and method of generating a finite element mesh for a threaded fastener and joining structure assembly
A system and method of generating a finite element mesh for a threaded fastener and joining structure assembly includes a computer system for generating a mesh...
US-6,904,350 System for dynamically determining the wheel grounding and wheel lifting conditions and their applications in...
A method for controlling an automotive vehicle (10) having a plurality of wheels (12a), (12b), (13a), (13b) includes determining a yaw rate, determining a...
US-6,901,430 Online system and method of locating consumer product having specific configurations in the enterprise...
An online system of locating consumer product having specific configuration in an enterprise production pipeline and inventory is provided. The system includes a...
US-6,901,372 Quality operating system
A quality operation system or method 10 for performing manufacturing projects 12. The method 10 efficiently organizes the project into five phases including a...
US-6,901,327 Computer instructions for control of multi-path exhaust system in an engine
A computer controller is described for disabling fuel injection into cylinder groups of an engine. The system controls engine output a reduced engine torques...
US-6,900,725 Method and system for automatically extending a tire pressure monitoring system for an automotive vehicle to...
A tire pressure monitoring system (12) for a vehicle (10) includes a speed sensor (38) generating a speed signal indicative of vehicle speed, a timer (44)...
US-6,900,437 Color corrected laser illumination system for night vision applications
A lighting system for night vision applications including a near infrared light source, a visible light source, a beamsplitter and an optical element. The...
US-6,899,377 Vehicle body
An automotive vehicle is provided having a body being assembled by a joining process line from a plurality of workpieces joined into a plurality of subassemblies...
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