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US-6,502,387 Method and system for controlling storage and release of exhaust gas constituents in an emission control device
A method and system are provided for adaptive control of a purge time and a fill time for an emission control device used to reduce emission of a selected...
US-6,502,386 Catalyst monitoring in a diesel engine
A carbon monoxide sensor placed downstream of the catalytic converter and a temperature sensor placed upstream of the converter in a diesel engine provide...
US-6,502,059 Method of determining waveform stability for pulse echo layer thickness transducer
A method is provided of determining waveform stability of a pulse echo layer transducer (PELT) used for measuring paint film thickness of painted bodies. The...
US-6,502,034 Method and apparatus for activating a crash countermeasure using a transponder and adaptive cruise control
A method for operating a pre-crash sensing system 10 for a first vehicle (11) proximate a second vehicle (72). The second vehicle (72) generates a cruise control...
US-6,501,374 Secondary seat belt warning system
A secondary seat belt warning system for a motor vehicle includes at least one control module for activating at least one secondary warning signal. The secondary...
US-6,501,369 Vehicle security system having unlimited key programming
A vehicle security system 10 including a controller 12 which allows a vehicle to be operated only with an authorized key 36. The system 10 includes a diagnostic...
US-6,500,089 Method and arrangement in a hybrid vehicle for maximizing efficiency by operating the engine at sub-optimum...
Method for optimizing the operational efficiency of a hybrid electric vehicle is disclosed. The method comprises operating an engine of a hybrid electric vehicle...
US-6,499,507 Rotary valve
A rotary valve 10 which includes a first sleeve member 24 and a second shaft member 32. The members 24 and 32 cooperatively provide pressure to a cylinder...
US-6,499,459 Method and apparatus for creating homogeneous charge compression ignition
An apparatus 10 and a method for producing homogeneous charge compression ignition within a cylinder 14 by the controlled introduction of material into the...
US-6,499,455 System and method for preventing exhaust gases from entering an intake manifold of an engine
A control system 14 and method for preventing exhaust gases from entering an intake manifold 26 of an engine 21 after engine shutdown is provided. The engine 12...
US-6,499,449 Method and system for operating variable displacement internal combustion engine
A method of operating an internal combustion engine having a variable cam timing mechanism in cooperation with a plurality of deactivatable cylinders and...
US-6,499,446 Variable compression ratio connecting rod locking mechanism I
A variable length connecting rod (12) has a first locking mechanism (36) for releasably locking connecting rod parts in a first effective length setting (FIG. 3)...
US-6,499,342 Method of determining the stopping position of an internal combustion engine
A method of determining the stopping position of an internal combustion engine infers the angular position of the engine's crankshaft by analyzing the periodic...
US-6,499,293 Method and system for reducing NOx tailpipe emissions of a lean-burn internal combustion engine
A method and apparatus for operating a lean-burn internal combustion engine in cooperation with an exhaust gas purification system having a three-way catalyst...
US-6,498,975 Method for controlling a transfer case which reacts to steering wheel angle position
A transfer case control system or apparatus 10 is provided for use on a four-wheel drive vehicle of the type having a transfer case 32, a front driveshaft 22 and...
US-6,498,974 Method for controlling a transfer case which utilizes a proportional and an integral control component
A transfer case control system or apparatus 10 is provided for use on a four-wheel drive vehicle of the type having a transfer case 32, a front driveshaft 22 and...
US-6,498,972 Method for operating a pre-crash sensing system in a vehicle having a countermeasure system
A control system (10) for an automotive vehicle (50) has a remote object sensor (18) that generates an object signal in the presence of an object. A vehicle...
US-6,497,947 Interior automotive trim member having improved scratch resistance and a method of making the same
The present invention relates to an interior automotive trim member comprising a backing substrate, a layer of elastomeric material bonded to and overlying the...
US-6,497,566 Robotic systems for automated preform processing
Systems for the manufacture of reinforcing preforms for structural composite products. The robotic application system allows use of a single robot in a multiple...
US-6,497,503 Headlamp system with selectable beam pattern
A headlamp system stores a plurality of beam patterns on a microprocessor 32 that selects a predetermined beam pattern based on driving conditions and sends the...
US-6,497,228 Method for selecting a cylinder group when adjusting a frequency of air/fuel ratio oscillations
A control system and method is provided for selecting one of first and second cylinder groups of an internal combustion engine when a frequency of air/fuel ratio...
US-6,497,203 Hydraulic circuit for unlocking variable compression ratio connecting rod locking mechanisms
A variable length connecting rod (12) has a first locking mechanism (36) for releasably locking connecting rod parts in a first effective length setting (FIG. 7)...
US-6,497,095 Regeneration of diesel engine particulate filter only above low fuel levels
A filter used to remove particulates from a diesel engine exhaust is regenerated by increasing the exhaust temperature to achieve burn off of the accumulated...
US-6,497,093 System and method for adjusting air-fuel ratio
The invention relates to a new method and system for optimizing the efficiency of an automotive catalytic converter. The claimed invention comprises adjusting an...
US-D467,529 Steering wheel
US-6,496,789 Spindle characterization system
A spindle characterization system for characterizing performance of a spindle used in an industrial machine includes a machine base for providing a mounting and...
US-6,496,758 Rollover stability control for an automotive vehicle using front wheel actuators
A stability control system (24) for an automotive vehicle as includes a plurality of sensors (28-39) sensing the dynamic conditions of the vehicle and a...
US-6,495,279 Ultrahigh power density miniaturized solid-oxide fuel cell
A miniaturized solid-oxide fuel cell and process for making the same are provided. A fuel cell is provided that contains an electrolyte material, electrodes, and...
US-6,495,082 Molding method for encapsulating a part
A molding apparatus and method of use thereof. The molding apparatus has a stationary mold base, and at least one moveable mold core rotatable into and out of a...
US-6,494,520 Vehicle tailgate limiter system
A vehicle tailgate limiter system for a vehicle includes a cargo bed, a tailgate pivotally attached to the cargo bed operable between a closed vertical position...
US-6,494,277 Hybrid electric vehicle system
A method of determining an operating state of an internal combustion engine in a hybrid electric vehicle drive system comprising an internal combustion engine...
US-6,493,920 Method of assembling a vehicle from preassembled modular components
The present invention relates to a method of assembling a vehicle. The method comprises providing an open-top cab module comprising a metallic base frame, a...
US-6,493,617 Lean burn engine with brake system
A direct injection engine is coupled to a vacuum brake booster wherein vacuum created from engine pumping is used to supplement driver braking force. The brake...
US-6,491,313 Variable damper assembly
A variable damper assembly 10 is provided for use with a vehicle power steering system and includes a variable orifice valve 20 which controls the flow of fluid...
US-6,491,120 Method for operating a hybrid vehicle and a hybrid vehicle incorporating the method
A method for operating a hybrid vehicle and a hybrid vehicle 10 which operates in accordance with the method. Particularly, the hybrid vehicle 10 includes a pair...
US-6,491,024 System and method for cold start control of internal combustion engines
Systems and methods for controlling an internal combustion engine during and shortly after starting include controlling combustion burn location via ignition...
US-6,491,023 Electronic throttle system
An electronic throttle control system is described where a throttle position sensor has multiple slopes depending on the operating region. At low throttle...
US-6,491,008 Variable valve timing adjustable roller rocker arm assembly
A rocker arm assembly having an adjustably located cam roller that permits modification of valve timing for an internal combustion engine. An adjustment control...
US-6,490,914 Method of sensing crankshaft position in a hybrid electric vehicle
A method of sensing crankshaft position for use with an engine (16) having a combined starter/alternator assembly (18). The crankshaft position sensor assembly...
US-6,490,860 Open-loop method and system for controlling the storage and release cycles of an emission control device
A method and system for controlling the operation of an internal combustion engine, wherein exhaust gas generated by the engine is directed through an emission...
US-6,490,856 Control for improved vehicle performance
An engine control system for managing lean NO.sub.x trap decontamination uses associated fuel economy impacts to determine when decontamination is enabled. In...
US-6,490,855 Fueling control during emission control device purging
A method for purging a catalyst containing oxidants operates the engine at different air-fuel ratios during different intervals. The intervals are adaptively...
US-6,490,643 Control method for a vehicle having an engine
A method for controlling an engine having both an electronically controlled inlet device, such as an electronic throttle unit, and an electronically controlled...
US-6,490,511 Torque-based monitor in a hybrid electric vehicle
A torque based monitor method, apparatus, and system, for a torque splitting hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) powertrain and regenerative brake 54 system. The...
US-6,489,889 Occupant sensing system
Occupant sensing system (12) for detecting the presence of an occupant within an automotive vehicle (10) includes a seat belt sensor (14) for detecting a buckled...
US-6,488,479 Variable pressure oil pump
A variable pressure oil pump assembly for use with a vehicle having a controller includes a pump body having an inlet, an outlet, a valve chamber, a first...
US-6,488,344 Distribution of torque when driven wheels slip during regenerative braking
A method of braking an electric or hybrid vehicle 7 is provided. The vehicle (7) has electric regenerative brakes and friction brakes (94). In a normal braking...
US-6,488,330 Integrated steering column, instrument panel, and cowl body structure
An integrated front body clip including an instrument panel support structure, steering column support structure, and cowl structure forming a shared, dependent,...
US-6,488,012 Method and apparatus for determining fuel pressure
A method and an apparatus 34 for inferring the amount of pressure resident within a fuel delivery member 8 by measuring the voltage delivered to a pump 24 and by...
US-6,488,008 Method and system for determining the variable cam timing rate-of-change in an engine
An internal combustion engine having variable camshaft timing that incorporates a method of determining the position of the variable cam timing phasing system...
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