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US-9,612,130 System and method of estimating available driving distance
A vehicle includes a powertrain having a battery-powered electric machine. The vehicle also includes a controller programmed to display, on a geographical map,...
US-9,611,920 Chain tensioner force mechanism for internal combustion engine
A tensioner force assembly is provided for applying tension to an engine timing chain that changes the direction of the force acting on a chain tensioning arm...
US-9,611,817 Fuel vapor canister purge using reversible vacuum pump
A method for a fuel system, comprising: during a first condition, purging fuel vapor from a fuel vapor canister to a fuel vapor accumulator; and then during a...
US-9,611,816 System and method for improving canister purging
Systems and methods are provided for controlling a purging operation of a fuel vapor canister in a boosted engine. One method comprises purging stored fuel...
US-9,611,815 Fuel system control
Methods are provided for reliving excess vacuum from a fuel tank. In response to elevated fuel tank vacuum levels, a canister purge valve is opened to dissipate...
US-9,611,814 Systems and methods for reducing airflow restriction through emissions control systems
A method for a fuel system is presented, comprising directing purge air through a first fuel vapor canister but not a second fuel vapor canister based on a load...
US-9,611,813 On-board method to smoke test a vehicle's evap system using exhaust gas
Systems and methods for smoke testing an evaporative emissions control system of a vehicle using exhaust gas are disclosed. In one example, a method for an...
US-9,611,801 Methods and systems for fixed and variable pressure fuel injection
Methods and systems are provided for operating a high pressure injection pump to provide each of high fixed fuel pressure at a first direct injection fuel rail...
US-9,611,799 Methods and systems for estimating an air-fuel ratio with a variable voltage oxygen sensor
Methods and systems are provided for estimating an exhaust air/fuel ratio based on outputs from an exhaust oxygen sensor. In one example, a method may include...
US-9,611,792 Method and system for improved dilution tolerance
Methods and systems are provided for improving combustion stability, in particular during transient operations such as tip-out to lower load conditions, when...
US-9,611,764 Method and system for variable cam timing device
Methods and systems are described for an engine with a cam torque actuated variable cam timing phaser. Phaser positioning control is improved by reducing...
US-9,611,526 Heat treatment to improve joinability of aluminum sheet
In at least one embodiment, an assembly is provided comprising a first member including a 6xxx series aluminum alloy heat treated to have a yield strength of at...
US-9,610,996 Electric bicycle
A bicycle includes a frame and a seat post removably engaged with the frame. A light source is supported by the seat post. A power source is supported by the...
US-9,610,975 Hitch angle detection for trailer backup assist system
A system for detecting a hitch angle between a vehicle and a trailer is provided herein. An imaging device is configured to capture images of the trailer and a...
US-9,610,967 Steering wheel assembly for a vehicle
A steering wheel assembly includes an armature, and a plurality of exterior shell sections. Each of the exterior shell sections include an inner layer, an...
US-9,610,945 Collision mitigation and avoidance
An intersection of a host vehicle and a target vehicle is identified. Data relating to the target vehicle are collected. A map of a surrounding environment is...
US-9,610,943 System and method for parallel parking a vehicle
A system for parallel parking a vehicle in a target parking space is provided herein. A sensing system is configured to detect objects located proximate the...
US-9,610,940 Vehicle disconnect clutch pre-stroke strategy
A vehicle may include a transmission having an electric machine, an engine, and a controller. The engine may be selectively coupled with the transmission via a...
US-9,610,935 Methods and systems for conditionally entering a driveline sailing mode
Systems and methods for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, a driveline may selectively enter a sailing mode to provide quick...
US-9,610,904 Push pin with over-travel stop
A one piece push-in fastener for insertion through a hole includes a head, and an elongate shank extending from the head and terminating in a tip. The fastener...
US-9,610,897 Multi-function/position cover system for a vehicle cargo area
A vehicle having first and second seat rows supported by a floor and a lift gate for accessing a cargo area partially defined by the second seat row, the floor,...
US-9,610,892 Infrared bin lighting
A lighting apparatus for a vehicle storage compartment is disclosed. The lighting apparatus comprises a sensor configured to generate a detection signal and a...
US-9,610,887 Cargo tie-down assembly
A cargo tie-down assembly is provided. The cargo tie-down assembly includes a base, a tie-down loop carried by the base, and a clip carried on the base. The...
US-9,610,873 Fully collapsing armrest insert with tunable tensioning elements
A collapsible vehicular armrest substrate includes load-bearing strips extending across a gap defined within a support frame. A first tunable element secures...
US-9,610,872 Thigh support providing full height auxiliary firmness for an unoccupied and unfolded, fold flat, air suspended...
A vehicle seating assembly comprises a seat having a plurality of air chambers disposed between a seat support and an elastomeric foam layer. The air chambers...
US-9,610,853 Identification of acceptable vehicle charge stations
A vehicle may require an electric recharge. A request may be sent to obtain identification of charge locations along a route. Along with the request, data may...
US-9,610,836 Venting system for a diesel exhaust fluid filler pipe
A venting system for a filler pipe coupled to a diesel exhaust fluid tank in a vehicle is provided. In one example approach the venting system comprises a...
US-9,610,825 Motor vehicle climate control system
A vehicle climate control system includes a thermal-adsorption heat pump driven by engine exhaust heat, the heat pump including two adsorbers asynchronously...
US-9,610,718 Automotive side view mirror attachment assembly and method of making same
An automotive side view mirror attachment assembly includes a polymeric outer shell having a metal reinforcement member coupled thereto, wherein the polymeric...
US-9,608,282 Fuel cell having perforated flow field
A fuel cell system includes a bipolar plate having a flow field formed therein. The flow field is partially defined by at least two adjacent channel portions...
US-9,607,534 Illuminating prismatic badge for a vehicle
A badge mounted on a vehicle is provided herein. The badge includes a housing having a viewable portion. A light source is disposed inside the housing and is...
US-9,607,457 Reuseable keyfob for use prior to sale of keyless vehicle
A keyfob and related method of utilizing a keyfob prior to a sale of a new vehicle to a purchaser having a virtual keyfob are provided. The method broadly...
US-9,607,242 Target monitoring system with lens cleaning device
An imaging system of a vehicle is provided herein. A camera is configured to capture images of a rear vehicle scene containing a trailer attached to the...
US-9,606,790 Smart vehicle reflash with battery state of charge estimator
Electronic modules in motor vehicles are reflashed without encountering errors due to insufficient electrical power becoming available during a reflashing. A...
US-9,605,747 Control element discs splined to raceways of a one-way control element
An assembly includes a one-way transmission control element including first and second races, first discs secured to the first race, and second discs...
US-9,605,740 Control of an electronic locking differential
A method for controlling a locking differential of a motor vehicle includes locking the differential, if vehicle speed is less than a reference speed, and a...
US-9,605,644 Dual coil ignition system
A dual coil ignition system is provided. The dual coil ignition system includes a first inductive ignition coil including a first primary winding and a first...
US-9,605,639 Fuel injector
Various embodiments relating to controlling a fuel injection quantity of a fuel injector are provided. In one embodiment, a fuel injector for an internal...
US-9,605,620 Systems and methods for piston cooling
Methods and systems are provided for supplying cooling oil to a piston of an engine cylinder. In one example, a method may include repeatedly activating an oil...
US-9,605,610 System and methods for purging a fuel vapor canister
A method for purging a fuel vapor canister, comprising: responsive to a canister load decreasing below a first threshold, reversing a direction of air flow...
US-9,605,604 Turbocharger control
Various systems and methods for controlling a turbocharger of an engine via a wastegate are described. In one example, the wastegate is adjusted according to a...
US-9,605,603 Position detection for lobe switching camshaft system
Systems and methods for determining an active cam profile from a plurality of cam profiles is disclosed. The systems and methods may be used to determine how to...
US-9,605,601 System and method for selective cylinder deactivation
Embodiments for operating an engine with skip fire are provided. In one example, a method comprises during a skip fire mode or during a skip fire mode...
US-9,605,587 Boosted engine charge air cooler condensation reduction device
Methods and systems are provided for providing auxiliary heat to a charge air cooler to reduce condensate formation. A coolant valve may control the delivery of...
US-9,605,577 Exhaust passage
An exhaust system comprises a conical shell having an indentation traversing the exhaust passage in a coiled path so as to impart mixing on an engine exhaust...
US-9,605,471 Method and system for controlling vehicle rear door
A vehicle rear door control system and method of controlling a vehicle rear door, such as a hatch or trunk is provided. The method detects the opening of a side...
US-9,605,451 Wobble free exterior handle design
An exterior door handle assembly for motor vehicles is configured to reduce or eliminate wobble or looseness during operation of the door handle. The handle...
US-9,605,450 Vehicle door closure system including speed-based latch release
A vehicle door includes a door structure and a movable door handle that is connected to a latch mechanism by a cable. A rotatably biased stop member is...
US-9,604,689 Bicycle frame joint locking mechanism
An apparatus, includes a first pair of brackets coupled to a first bicycle frame component, and one of the first pair of brackets has a radially-inwardly...
US-9,604,676 Method of providing a corrosion barrier between dissimilar metals with an epoxy insulator
A method for providing a corrosion-resistant barrier between bolted dissimilar metals comprising the steps of disposing epoxy adhesive tape on at least one of a...
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