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US-6,373,380 Communication method and system for configuring electric powered vehicles
A method for configuring features of an electric powered vehicle to a profile of a random user includes storing a profile of a user on a device possessed by the...
US-6,373,162 Permanent magnet electric machine with flux control
An electric machine or assembly 10 including a generally cylindrical ferromagnetic housing 12, two substantially identical and opposed stator assemblies 14, 16...
US-6,372,298 High deposition rate thermal spray using plasma transferred wire arc
Method of thermally depositing metal at increased rates onto a target surface, comprising: establishing and operating a high velocity plasma transferred wire arc...
US-6,371,884 Constant power, part load control strategy for electronic engine controls
A method and system for an electronic engine control includes a strategy that correlates an accelerator pedal position with a selected, constant driveshaft power...
US-6,371,551 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-6,371,201 Heat exchanger and method of assembly for automotive vehicles
A heat exchanger and method of assembly for an automotive vehicle includes at least one tube having an internal surface and an external surface, and a...
US-6,371,097 UEGO control circuit board portion with ASIC
A method and apparatus for controlling universal exhaust gas oxygen (UEGO) sensors comprises an application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) that includes a...
US-6,371,066 Torque based cam timing control method and system
A torque based cam timing system and method for an engine having dual independent camshafts is disclosed that includes a first set of ROM based calibration...
US-6,371,062 Variable compression ratio connecting rods
A variable length connecting rod assembly for imparting a variable compression ratio to an internal combustion engine. The assembly contains a first part (22;...
US-6,370,868 Method and system for purge cycle management of a lean NOx trap
Purging of a NO.sub.X trap is initiated if the estimated mass of NO.sub.X in the trap exceeds a NO.sub.X mass threshold value unless the estimated probability...
US-6,370,467 Method of calculating optimal wheelslips for brake controller
Wheelslip is controlled in an automotive vehicle having at least one wheel for which control is desired. Each wheel is controlled by a corresponding element of a...
US-6,370,463 Strategy for controlling ratio changes in a swap-shift automatic transmission
A method for controlling ratio changes in a swap-shift transmission having a first simple planetary gear unit and a second compound planetary gear unit, the two...
US-6,370,461 Crash control system for vehicles employing predictive pre-crash signals
A crash control system for vehicles employs pre-crash surrogate signals to predict a potential crash. The predictive signals may be generated by activation of...
US-6,369,589 Perforation corrosion prediction tool
A method for predicting perforation corrosion in a hem flange. The method includes placing an electrode in the hem flange. The electrode extends substantially...
US-6,369,549 Motor vehicle electrical system with multiple generators
A motor vehicle charging system comprises a first alternator including a first power output and a discrete alternator enabling input, a second alternator...
US-6,368,735 Fuel cell power generation system and method for powering an electric vehicle
A fuel cell power generation system for powering an electric vehicle. The system comprises a low temperature fuel cell, a reactor comprising a reformer for...
US-6,367,869 Energy management system and method for an extruded aluminum vehicle subframe
An energy management system and method for absorbing and directing kinetic energy during an impact event of a motor vehicle includes a vehicle subframe 30...
US-6,367,867 Cab-to-box damper assembly for vehicles
A cab-to-box damper assembly is provided for a vehicle having a cab and bed. The cab-to-box damper assembly includes at least one damping and/or spring element...
US-6,367,457 Evaporative emission control system
An evaporative emission control system for an internal combustion engine isolates the fuel tank from the engine during purging of a carbon canister used to store...
US-6,367,447 Adjustment of driver demand for atmospheric conditions
A system and method for controlling a multi-cylinder internal combustion engine include determining a currently available maximum torque, determining a driver...
US-6,367,361 Method and apparatus for trimming thermoformed films
A method and apparatus of trimming a thermoformed film comprising the following steps. A Thermoplastic flexible film is placed within a frame. The film and frame...
US-6,366,847 Method of estimating barometric pressure in an engine control system
A method of continuously estimating barometric pressure values for use in an engine control system. The vehicle includes an manifold absolute pressure (MAP)...
US-6,366,040 Method and apparatus for controllably moving a window
An apparatus 10 for controllably moving a vehicle window, which is deployed upon a vehicle 12 of the type having a cab 14 including a rear or "backlight" window...
US-6,365,123 Sol-gel processed metal-zirconia materials
A metal-zirconium oxide material made by sol-gel techniques from alkoxides including heterometallic alkoxides. The heterometallic alkoxides include zirconium and...
US-6,364,812 Automatic transmission dynamic electronic pressure control based on desired powertrain output
A system and method for controlling a powertrain including an automatic transmission include determining a value representing requested powertrain output,...
US-6,364,807 Control strategy for a hybrid powertrain for an automotive vehicle
A control strategy for a hybrid powertrain for an automotive vehicle comprising an internal combustion engine, a geared transmission mechanism for transmitting...
US-6,364,798 Sprocket for roller chain drives
A roller chain and sprocket drive includes a roller chain having multiple rollers and articulated links, the rollers being arranged with a substantially constant...
US-6,364,391 Multi-functional tailgate for truck-like vehicles
A horizontal hinged tailgate assembly 7 is provided for a vehicle 10. The tailgate assembly 7 includes a frame 20. A seating platform 60 is provided which is...
US-6,364,344 Steering wheel with a driver airbag module
A steering wheel airbag assembly (1) for a motor vehicle with a driver airbag module (2), in which the module snaps into an aligned engagement with the steering...
US-6,364,213 Engine cooling system
An integrated fluid recovery reservoir and thermostat assembly 12 for use within an engine cooling system 10. The integrated fluid recovery reservoir and...
US-6,364,042 Method and apparatus for coupling an engine and transmission with a starter/alternator
A starter/alternator system 40 for an automotive vehicle 10 with an internal combustion engine 12 has a crankshaft 50 coupled to pistons 16 and a flywheel 90...
US-6,363,908 Method for ensuring combustion of evaporative fuel in a stratified charge engine using multiple fuel injection...
A method for operating a direct injection spark ignition engine in stratified mode and dual mode is presented. The method includes determining a fuel fraction in...
US-6,363,715 Air/fuel ratio control responsive to catalyst window locator
An air/fuel control method for an engine including a NO.sub.x sensor in operative relationship to a catalytic converter. The method comprises the steps of...
US-6,363,714 Plasma-catalyst control system
A system and method of controlling J/L specific energy deposition in accordance with either measured or estimated values of engine or vehicle operational...
US-6,363,713 On-board diagnostics for detecting the operation of diesel emissions control system
An on-board diagnostic method for detecting whether a diesel emissions control system is functioning properly by continuously monitoring the temperature rise...
US-6,363,317 Calibration method for disc engines
A method of mapping a direct injection stratified charge (DISC) engine comprises the steps of generating an estimated fueling rate map and torque map from engine...
US-6,363,316 Cylinder air charge estimation using observer-based adaptive control
A system and method for controlling an internal combustion engine to improve air/fuel ratio control particularly during transient operating modes include...
US-6,362,988 System and method for synchronizing the phase angle for an AC power source in parallel operation with a grid
A system 10 for synchronizing the phase angle of an alternating current power source ("APS") 12 with the phase angle of a power grid 14. The system 10 provides...
US-6,362,734 Method and apparatus for monitoring seat belt use of rear seat passengers
A system for monitoring the secured/unsecured status of seat belts in rear seating rows of a vehicle notes the number and/or location of seat belts secured at a...
US-6,362,602 Strategy to control battery state of charge based on vehicle velocity
The present invention is to provide an improved strategy for actively controlling battery state of charge (SOC) as a function of the vehicle's kinetic energy. A...
US-6,361,097 Stowable deck lid
A trunk assembly (10) is provided, including a cargo compartment (22) and a deck lid (12), moveable between an open position (14), a closed position (16), and a...
US-6,360,864 Clutch divider plate
A clutch divider plate 10 having a pair of outer plates 12, 14 and a pair of inner rings or members 16, 18. Rings or members 16, 18 include several notches 40,...
US-6,360,834 Hybrid electric vehicle
A hybrid vehicle 10 including a power take off assembly 20 which is selectively operated by a source of energy which may comprise the cooperative combination of...
US-6,360,729 Active fuel system bladder
An active bladder system and method for using same minimizes vapor formation in a fuel tank. A low-permeation, flexible conductive bladder (18) is contained...
US-6,360,713 Mode transition control scheme for internal combustion engines using unequal fueling
A control method and system are disclosed for managing torque during a transition in an internal combustion engine. Spark timing and unequal delivery of fuel to...
US-6,360,607 Sound detector device
A sound detector device for locating and diagnosing sound in a motor vehicle includes a headphone and a plurality of directional microphones. The sound detector...
US-6,360,583 Oxygen sensor monitoring
A gas sensor deterioration monitor, particularly suited for use in an exhaust stream from an internal combustion engine. Under certain engine operating...
US-6,360,531 System and method for reducing vehicle emissions
A method and system 10 for reducing cold-start emissions of an automotive vehicle 12 having an internal combustion engine 26. System 10 includes a main...
US-6,360,530 Method and apparatus for measuring lean-burn engine emissions
A method and apparatus for controlling the operation of a "lean-burn" internal combustion engine in cooperation with an exhaust gas purification system having an...
US-6,360,529 Method and apparatus for enabling lean engine operation upon engine start-up
A method and system for controlling the operation of "lean-burn" internal combustion engines, wherein initial values for measures representing current levels of...
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