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Cap for a vehicle load box
A cap (10) is provided for the load box (16) of a vehicle, like a pickup truck (12), including a box-like structure sized and adapted to fit on the load box to...
Programmable seat belt damper assembly
A programmable seat belt damper assembly for a seat belt in a motor vehicle. The programmable seat belt damper assembly includes a retractor operatively...
Method and regulating arrangement for heating the cab of a motor vehicle
with a diesel engine
A method and a regulating arrangement (10) for heating the cab (21) of a vehicle is described. In the event of a start in a cold environment, a heating program...
Method and system for minimizing torque intervention of an electronic
throttle controlled engine
A system and method wherein a torque monitoring algorithm compares torque demand (i.e., driver-demanded torque computed primarily from acceleration pedal...
A method for controlling an engine having both an electronically controlled inlet device, such as an electronic throttle unite, and an electronically controlled...
Combustion mode control for a direct injection spark ignition (DISI)
internal combustion engine
A method and system for controlling internal combustion engine, such engine being adapted to operate in a selected one of a plurality of operating mode. One of...
Multi-valve engine with gas exchange channel between inlet ports
An intake valve phase shift in multi-valve engines to enhance air-fuel mixing and optimum combustion at all operating conditions. The intake valve members are...
Crankshaft for use with a variable compression ratio system
A crankshaft, for use with a variable compression ratio engine having a connecting rod and a rod bearing, includes a crankpin adapted to be coupled to the...
Method for analyzing product performance data
A method for analyzing product performance relational data is disclosed. The method includes selecting a database query from a set of preselected database...
Position sensing device and shift device fault management in an electronic
shift four-wheel drive system
A system and method are provided for managing faults in position sensing device and shift device; such faults are the unwarranted code change, power loss fault,...
Method of confirming remote keyless entry lock button status
A method of confirming a lock button pressed condition for a remote device associated with a vehicle remote keyless entry system. The method includes setting a...
Cylinder event based spark
A method to deliver spark during a start for an internal combustion engine is described. The method provides individual cylinder spark angle control based on the...
Method and apparatus for starting a motor vehicle
15 A method and an assembly 61 for use with a vehicle 10 having a high voltage battery 42 and an internal combustion engine 12 of the type having a selectively...
A parking assembly 10 is provided for use in combination with a vehicle of the type having a park gear 12 and a shifter or shifting assembly 14 which is...
Exhaust emission diagnostics
A diesel engine emission control system uses an upstream oxidation catalyst and a downstream SCR catalyst to reduce NOx in a lean exhaust gas environment. The...
Engine torque determination for powertrain with torque converter
A system and method for controlling a multiple cylinder internal combustion engine include determining a driver-demanded torque, determining a first torque based...
Method of adaptively controlling paint system
A method is provided of adaptively controlling a paint system for painting vehicle bodies. The method includes the steps of obtaining an estimated Jacobian that...
Adjustable suspension stabilizer bar
An adjustable stabilizer bar (10) for a vehicle comprises a primary torsional reaction segment (12). The primary reaction segment includes an outer tube (36)...
System and method of changing a disposable nozzle tip for dispensing
An automatic system and method for changing a disposable nozzle for a multiple component reactant mixture injector. A robot supports a mixing head that is used...
High efficiency conversion of nitrogen oxides in an exhaust aftertreatment
device at low temperature
A system and method for providing reductant to a lean NOx catalyst, when the temperature in the lean NOx catalyst is greater than 300.degree. C., is disclosed....
Occupant based frequency analysis algorithm
An occupant classification system (12) for an automotive vehicle (14) is provided. The system (12) includes a weight-sensing device (24) that generates a weight...
Indicating system for a manually controlled applicator
A method and an assembly 10 for increasing the likelihood that a certain function or operation will be performed in a desired manner. In one embodiment, the...
Diagnostic system and method for a motor vehicle
A diagnostic system for a motor vehicle comprises a component installed within motor vehicle. The system further includes an identifier device mechanically...
Brake fluid pressure relief assembly
A brake fluid pressure relief assembly (50) for a brake system (10) including a pedal assembly (12) employs first and second valves (52, 54) to provide...
Kinetic energy absorbing rail for an automotive frame
A rail (14) for an automotive frame (12) is provided for absorbing kinetic energy in front end crashes. The rail (14) is a metal bar having a front portion and a...
Liftgate with low-liftover liftglass
A motor vehicle includes a rear body opening that is closed by an upwardly-pivoting liftgate assembly that itself defines, when in a closed position, a secondary...
Vacuum management system on a variable displacement engine
A vehicle reciprocating piston, variable displacement internal combustion engine arrangement 7 is provided. The arrangement 7 includes a first cylinder group 12....
Method for quantifying oxygen stored in a vehicle emission control device
A method and system are provided for determining a present value representative of the quantity of oxygen that is stored in an emission control device receiving...
Control algorithm for soft-landing in electromechanical actuators
A system (12) and method for controlling an armature (20) of an electromagnetic actuator (10) are provided. The system (12) includes a circuit (46) for providing...
Sonotrode for ultrasonic welding apparatus
An apparatus and method for ultrasonically welding workpieces that reduces sonotrode adhesion during the ultrasonic welding process. The sonotrode includes a...
Hybrid electric vehicle with variable displacement engine
A hybrid electric vehicle 10 having a propulsion system 12 which integrates a motor-generator 14 and a variable displacement internal combustion engine 16....
System and method for controlling an operational position of a throttle
valve in an engine
A control system (10) and method for controlling an operational position of a throttle valve in an engine. The system includes a position sensor (16) operably...
Overall scheduling of a lean burn engine system
A method is disclosed for controlling operation of an engine coupled to an exhaust treatment catalyst. Under predetermined conditions, the method operates an...
Dual air induction arrangement
An air induction arrangement 7 for a variable displacement engine is provided. The air induction arrangement 7 includes first and second plenums 22, 24 fluidly...
Closed-loop temperature control for an emission control device
A system and method are provided for closed-loop monitoring of temperature within a vehicle emission control device to control air-fuel ratio (AFR) and...
Method and system for optimizing purge of exhaust gas constituent stored in
an emission control device
A method and system for optimizing the purging of a constituent gas of a vehicle engine's generated exhaust gas from an emission control device is disclosed...
Braking and controllability control method and system for a vehicle with
The present invention provides a method and system to use feedback control algorithms to monitor and dynamically modify front and rear braking torque to initiate...
Method and arrangement for load testing electrical systems of a motor
The invention relates to a method and arrangement for load testing electrical systems of a motor vehicle. The operator control elements of the electrical systems...
GPS-based anti-blinding system for active night vision
A night vision system for a vehicle is provided. The system includes an illumination subsystem for illuminating a region proximate the vehicle, a receiver for...
Road noise reduction apparatus and method using selective placement of
An active vibration damper, such as a piezoelectric element (310, 400, 604, 800), a magnetostrictive element (510, 902) or a magnetic shaped alloy, is placed at...
Stability control throttle compensation on vehicles with passive all wheel
A method and apparatus for overcoming negative torque transfer in a passive coupling (43) in a vehicle (10) having all wheel drive. The vehicle (10) includes a...
Hybrid electric vehicle and a method for operating a hybrid electric
A hybrid electric vehicle 10 and a method for operating the hybrid electric vehicle 10 in which combustion is made to occur within the internal combustion engine...
Power-based idle speed control
A system and method are disclosed for regulating engine idle speed by coordinating control of two actuators: a slow actuator and a fast actuator. The slow...
Crankshaft assembly for enabling engine cylinder deactivation
A crankshaft assembly (18) for a VDIC engine (16) of an automotive vehicle (14) includes a crankshaft (44) integrated within an internal combustion engine (16)....
System and method for air flow and EGR flow estimation
An exhaust gas recirculation systems directs exhaust gasses from an exhaust manifold to an intake manifold of an internal combustion engine. The exhaust gasses...
Combined regenerative and friction braking system for a vehicle
A combined regenerative and friction braking system for the road wheels of a vehicle includes a friction braking subsystem, a regenerative braking subsystem...
Simple classification scheme for vehicle/pole/pedestrian detection
A classifying system 10 for a host vehicle 12 includes a sensor 14 and a controller 24 coupled to the host vehicle 12. The sensor 14 detects boundary data of an...
Method of and apparatus for controlling charging and/or discharging of a
battery for a hybrid electric vehicle
This invention is a method and apparatus for controlling charging and/or discharging a battery for a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV).
Nonflammable ternary gas mix for high pressure plasmas
The present invention provides a nonflammable ternary gas mixture to be used in a plasma machining operation. The ternary gas mixture of the present invention...
System and method for detecting an air leak in an engine
A system and method for detecting an air leak within an engine is provided. The engine includes an intake manifold communicating with an engine cylinder. The...