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US-6,594,562 Diagnostic method for vehicle evaporative emissions
A method of monitoring evaporative emissions of a vehicle includes the steps of establishing a baseline pressure within a vehicle evaporative emission system...
US-6,594,561 System and method for generating vehicle alignment reports
A method and system are provided for generating vehicle alignment reports. Preferred aspects of the present invention comprise receiving at a computer a...
US-6,593,849 Wheel lift identification for an automotive vehicle
A system and method for detecting wheel lift of an automotive vehicle includes a yaw rate sensor (28) that generates a yaw rate signal, a lateral acceleration...
US-6,592,947 Method for selective control of corrosion using kinetic spraying
The present invention relates to methods for selectively enhancing corrosion protection of fabricated metal parts. One method of the present invention includes...
US-6,592,935 Method of manufacturing electromagnetic devices using kinetic spray
A method of manufacturing electric machines comprised of geometrically patterned arrays of permanent magnets, soft magnetic materials, and electrical conductors...
US-6,592,642 Brake dust collection assembly
A vehicle brake assembly includes a brake rubbing interface operative to slow a vehicle when activated. The interface produces airborne brake dust particles when...
US-6,591,926 System and method for recovering energy of a hydrogen gas fuel supply for use in a vehicle
A system 10 is provided for recovering the potential energy of a hydrogen gas fuel supply within a fuel cell powered vehicle 14. The system 10 includes a...
US-6,591,925 Adaptive demagnetization compensation for a motor in an electric or partially electric motor vehicle
In an electric or hybrid electric vehicle, a voltage monitor (102) is directly coupled to a traction motor (38) and/or generator motor (30) to detect a permanent...
US-6,591,808 Adaptive PID control method and system for internal combustion engine rotation speed pulsation damping
Within both a method for operating an internal combustion engine and a system for operating the internal combustion engine there is provided an engine rotation...
US-6,591,677 System and method for detecting vehicle mechanical loading
A system for detecting the loading of a vehicle including at least one accelerometer in a first position and arranged in gravitational acceleration in the...
US-6,591,667 Method of determining throttle flow in a fuel delivery system
A method of determining throttle flow in a fuel delivery system is disclosed. First, a time-efficient throttle flow data collection method is described. The...
US-6,591,666 Engine misfire detection using adjustable windowing
An engine misfire detection circuit and method for operation includes a reference window generator that generates a misfire window reference signal having a...
US-6,591,605 System and method for controlling the air / fuel ratio in an internal combustion engine
A method and system are provided for adjusting an amount of fuel provided to an internal combustion engine based on an output signal from an exhaust gas oxygen...
US-6,591,604 Oxygen storage capacity estimation
An improved method for monitoring an efficiency of a three-way catalyst coupled in an exhaust passage of an internal combustion engine is presented. First, a...
US-6,591,176 Backup power supply for a crash notification system for an automotive vehicle and method of operating the same
A crash notification system (12) has a main battery (58) and a backup battery (60). The main battery has a main battery voltage and the backup battery has a...
US-6,590,387 Position sensor
A magneto-strictive sensor 82 for determining a position of a valve 70 and/or a rotor 68 of an electromechanical valve assembly 46 is provided. In particular,...
US-6,590,299 Hybrid electric vehicle control strategy to provide vehicle creep and hill holding
A control strategy for a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) to meet driver expectation for hill holding or creep capability found in conventional automobiles with an...
US-6,589,605 Masking for engine blocks for thermally sprayed coatings and method of masking same
A masking for an engine block to be thermally sprayed with a coating includes a head deck mask portion adapted to engage a head deck of an engine block to...
US-6,589,034 Backflow orifice for controlling noise generated by a rotary compressor
The invention relates to the design of backflow orifices for a rotary compressor serving as a compressor for an engine. One example of such a rotary compressor...
US-6,588,860 Temperature compensated lift-throttle regenerative braking
The amount of regenerative braking that is applied to the wheels (105) of a vehicle (100) is based on ambient temperature and a lift-throttle event. An ambient...
US-6,588,535 Vehicle frame assembly
A vehicular frame assembly 10 having a pair of members 12, 14 which are generally parallel to the longitudinal axis of symmetry 16 of the vehicle which is...
US-6,588,534 Transverse engine mounting arrangement
A vehicle engine mounting arrangement 70 for a transverse mounted engine 54 vehicle is provided. The mounting system 70 includes a vehicle frame 60 for...
US-6,588,200 Method for correcting an exhaust gas oxygen sensor
An engine air/fuel controller is responsive to an exhaust gas oxygen sensor positioned upstream of a catalytic converter and a proportional exhaust gas oxygen...
US-6,587,047 Intrusion detector with power consumption control and method for intrusion detection
An intrusion detector having a transmitter, receiver, detector, signal processor, and control unit is disclosed. The transmitter is able to transmit waves into a...
US-6,585,066 Motor/alternator with integral wet clutch for use in hybrid vehicles
A hybrid driveline for an automotive vehicle comprising an internal combustion engine and a power transmission mechanism for transferring torque to the traction...
US-6,584,392 Powertrain output monitor
A method of controlling the power output of an internal combustion engine having at least one fuel injector responsive to a commanded fuel signal. The method...
US-6,583,599 Method and apparatus for controlling battery charging in a hybrid electric vehicle
A starter/alternator system (24) for hybrid electric vehicle (10) having an internal combustion engine (12) and an energy storage device (34) has a controller...
US-6,581,966 Twin axis steering wheel system
A steering wheel system (10) for a steer-by-wire vehicle includes a lower subframe (52), an upper subframe (54), and a steering wheel (20). The lower subframe...
US-6,581,960 Seat belt occupant sensor
An occupant sensor system 12 is coupled to an airbag deployment system 14. Occupant sensor system 12 has an occupant sensor 24 that comprises a seat belt and a...
US-6,581,955 Tow hitch rear bumper assembly
A tow hitch rear bumper assembly for a motor vehicle includes a rear bumper for attachment to a frame of the motor vehicle and a tow hitch extending through and...
US-6,581,705 Method for starting an engine in a parallel hybrid electric vehicle
The invention provides a strategy to start a parallel HEV powertrain engine while maintaining a smooth vehicle response to driver demand using the motor while...
US-6,581,580 Hydrocarbon vapor evacuation system
A vapor evacuation system that is used to intermittently remove hydrocarbon vapors from vehicle components to an available vapor storage canister using an...
US-6,581,428 Method and apparatus for superplastic forming
The present invention provides a method and apparatus for forming a sheet of ductile material by superplastic forming. Excessive wrinkling is prevented in the...
US-6,581,371 Engine catalyst monitor
A method for determining a condition of a catalyst disposed in an exhaust of an engine. The method includes sensing a common property of both the exhaust...
US-6,580,977 High efficiency fuel cell and battery for a hybrid powertrain
This invention provides a new method and system to control strategies of a combined fuel cell and battery pack power system to produce an efficient and...
US-6,580,366 System and method for evaluating automotive vehicle oil deterioration
A method and system is provided for evaluating the chemical deterioration of automotive engine oil over time. A change in oil quantity is detected and measured...
US-6,580,178 Pulsed charge starter/alternator control system
A system and method of charging an energy storage device in a vehicle including an engine coupled to a combined starter/alternator and an energy storage device...
US-6,578,909 Vehicle roof structure
A vehicle roof structure including a front header, a pillar support member, a side roof rail, and a roof rail outer front member. The front header has a...
US-6,578,554 Fuel injection arrangement
The invention relates to a fuel injection arrangement for the cylinder of an internal combustion engine, containing a fuel injector mounted on the cylinder head...
US-6,578,411 Method and apparatus for analyzing a drivetrain assembly
A method and an apparatus 10 for determining or identifying the torsional modes of a portion of a vehicle 12, such as a drivetrain assembly including a...
US-6,578,001 System and method of reducing unexpended warranty costs
The present invention involves a system and method of reducing allocated vehicle warranty costs from a stored historical repair database of repairs wherein the...
US-6,577,939 Pressure control system and control method for a multiple-ratio transmission with pre-staged ratio shifts
A modular electronic control system for a geared multiple-ratio transmission wherein pressure profiles for each ratio shift actuator are used to provide seamless...
US-6,575,869 Traction-drive, continuously variable transmission
An infinitely variable traction drive variator comprising at least one pair of toroidal discs with torque-transmitting traction rollers situated between the...
US-6,575,508 Handle with unidirectional counterweight
A motor vehicle door handle assembly combining the use of a counterweight to preclude inadvertent opening movement of the door in a side impact scenario and the...
US-6,575,144 Method for controlling an engine utilizing vehicle position
A method is provided for controlling an internal combustion engine in a vehicle. The method includes adjusting a fuel injection amount during engine crank based...
US-6,575,034 Characterization of environmental and machinery induced vibration transmissivity
A method that simultaneously monitors and captures vibration acceleration signals at locations comprising at least one site sourcing environmental excitations...
US-6,575,012 Method and apparatus for measuring a gaseous component emanating from a vehicle
A system and method is disclosed for measuring mass of hydrocarbons from point source contributions to overall hydrocarbon emissions from an automotive vehicle...
US-6,574,956 Apparatus and method for interrupting regeneration of a particulate filter in a diesel engine
The invention relates to a method for interrupting the regeneration of a particulate filter in the exhaust gas system of a diesel engine to protect the filter...
US-6,574,953 NOx purge air/fuel ratio selection
A method for improving a purge conversion efficiency of a Lean NOx Trap coupled downstream of a lean-burn internal combustion engine is presented. This method...
US-6,573,745 Permanent magnet degradation monitoring for hybrid and electric vehicles
A method and apparatus are provided for detecting the degradation of a permanent magnet in a motor of an electric or hybrid electric vehicle. A voltage monitor...
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