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US-9,457,746 Energy absorbing system for vehicular impacts
A vehicle includes a frame, a bumper, and an impact absorber. The impact absorber extends from the frame to the bumper. The impact absorber has a sliding member...
US-9,457,738 Energy absorbers for roof system and other vehicle structures
An energy absorber for an overhead system in a vehicle, wherein the energy absorber comprises a sound absorption device. To improve the sound absorption, it is...
US-9,457,712 Vehicle sun visor providing luminescent lighting
A sun visor is provided herein. The sun visor includes a visor body and a lid coupled to the visor body. The lid is moveable between a closed and an open...
US-9,457,689 Method and apparatus for notification that a living entity remains in a vehicle
A system and method for notifying a driver who is leaving a stationary motor vehicle that there is still a person or an animal in the motor vehicle is...
US-9,457,686 Method to adjust battery minimum state of charge limits based on battery power capability
A hybrid-electric vehicle includes a traction battery. A controller may operate the traction battery within certain state of charge and voltage limits. The...
US-9,457,684 Redundant electrical power for autonomous vehicles
A system includes a first battery configured to power at least one vehicle subsystem and a second battery configured to power an electric motor to propel a...
US-9,457,651 Systems and methods for an externally accessible refueling request switch
Systems are provided for a fuel system comprising an external refueling request switch accessible at or near a refueling door, thus enabling methods that may...
US-9,457,650 Drain slot for capless fuel filler insert
A motor vehicle includes a fuel-filler housing component for mounting to a vehicle body and an insert at a terminus of the fuel filler pipe. The housing...
US-9,457,630 Towing device
A device comprises an outer sleeve and an inner sleeve that is rotatably supported at least partly in an interior of the outer sleeve. A hollow axle is located...
US-D768,045 Vehicle wheel
US-9,455,653 Reliable current sensing for inverter-controlled electronic machine
Phase currents of an inverter-driven electric machine are measured by mounting phase conductors of each respective phase current into a central passage of a...
US-9,455,596 System and method for reducing interference between wireless charging and amplitude modulation reception
A method for reducing interference in an inductive charging system is provided. The method includes steps of inductively charging a chargeable device with an...
US-9,455,522 Self-sealing electrical connector
A connector assembly includes a housing, a plurality of pins disposed on the housing, a pin chamber disposed on the housing, and a cap disposed on the chamber....
US-9,455,478 EV battery pack with battery cooling assembly and method
An electric vehicle battery pack includes an array of battery cells each cell having an upper cell surface and a lower cell surface, the lower cell surface...
US-9,454,904 Safety pedal obstruction and command intention detection
A vehicle includes a footwell object detection sensor to detect objects in the footwell. The footwell object detection sensor includes an object detection...
US-9,454,508 Kinematic road gradient estimation
A vehicle and a vehicle system are provided with a controller that is configured to generate output indicative of a kinematic road gradient estimation using an...
US-9,453,910 Detecting radar blockage based on drive history
A vehicle includes a radar sensor for detecting objects in the vehicle path. The radar sensor may become blocked by contaminants or debris. A controller...
US-9,453,599 Bi-channel coolant tube having crossover channels to allow coolant interaction
A bi-channel tube for use in a heat exchanger is disclosed having a passageway or window formed in the common wall or divider separating the adjacent channels....
US-9,453,489 Method of controlling a fuel supply system
A system and method for controlling a fuel supply system of an engine is disclosed in which an engine driven high pressure fuel pump is operated whenever...
US-9,453,481 System and method for operating an engine
A method for operating an engine is disclosed. In one example, internal EGR is increased during conditions where cooled EGR is at a higher concentration during...
US-9,453,476 Method for operating a direct fuel injector
A method, comprising: operating an engine cylinder with fuel from a first injector and not a second injector and activating the second injector in response to a...
US-9,453,475 Method and system for estimating fuel composition
Methods and systems are provided for operating a fuel system configured to deliver a gaseous fuel to an engine. Following tank refilling, the fuel composition...
US-9,453,474 Method for operating a direct fuel injection system
A method, comprising: during engine cylinder operation with fuel from a first injector and not a second injector: increasing a rail pressure of a fuel rail...
US-9,453,470 System and method for adjusting engine airflow
Methods and systems for operating an engine during conditions where ambient humidity changes over time are presented. In one non-limiting example, an engine...
US-9,453,469 Method and system for adjusting engine throttles
An engine system and method for operating an engine including a central throttle and a port throttle is disclosed. In one example, the central throttle and port...
US-9,453,466 Methods and systems for a fuel system
Various methods and system are described for a fuel system which includes a fuel composition sensor and a fuel lift pump disposed upstream of the sensor. The...
US-9,453,465 Direct injection of diluents or secondary fuels in gaseous fuel engines
An engine system, comprising a first gaseous fuel source with a first gaseous fuel located therein coupled to one or more engine cylinders and an exhaust gas...
US-9,453,448 Mixing system
A mixing system is provided. The mixing system includes a housing defining a boundary of a mixing conduit including an expansion section with an injector mount...
US-9,453,439 Approach for variable pressure oil injection
One example method includes varying oil injection by an oil injector onto a piston of an engine to accommodate different operating conditions. For example, by...
US-9,452,752 Method for initiating and maintaining a substoichiometric operating mode of an internal combustion engine and...
The present disclosure describes systems and methods for recharging a storage catalyst of an internal combustion engine. A method is described, comprising:...
US-9,452,748 Methods and systems for improving hybrid vehicle transmission shifting
Systems and methods for improving hybrid vehicle shifting are presented. Specifically, torque supplied to an input shaft of a transmission may be adjusted...
US-9,452,735 System and method for controlling a restricted mode in a vehicle
A device for controlling a restricted mode of a vehicle is provided. The device includes a controller that is configured to receive an input indicative of a...
US-9,452,732 Vehicle key off load reduction via off-board sensor
A remote sensing device is utilized to activate boundary alert sensors in a vehicle to reduce current loading during a key-off condition. Communication between...
US-9,452,718 Headrest electronic device holder
An electronic device holder provides a top mounted tablet holder with a thirty degree rotational limit to its rearward swinging motion of a mounting surface....
US-9,452,717 Attachment apparatus to connect an electronic device holder to a seat structure
A mounting system includes a vehicle seat having a seatback frame with a forwardly rolled support flange. The forwardly rolled support flange defines a cavity...
US-9,452,708 Vehicle badge
A badge is provided herein. The badge includes a housing attached to a substrate to form a viewable portion, a peripheral portion, and a rear portion. A light...
US-9,452,683 Traction battery thermal plate with longitudinal channel configuration
A traction battery assembly for a vehicle is provided. The traction battery assembly may include a battery cell array and a thermal plate configured to support...
US-9,452,657 Height determination for two independently suspended wheels using a height sensor for only one wheel
Ride height for use in an adaptive suspension damping system, tiltable headlamp systems, or other systems is determined for first and second wheels which are...
US-D767,292 Vehicle seat
US-9,451,030 Crowdsourced weather data collection and provision
A computer-implemented method of gathering data includes querying, via a vehicle computing system, a plurality of weather sensors included with a vehicle and in...
US-9,449,514 Methods and apparatus for adaptive vehicle response to air quality states
A computer-implemented method includes connecting to a remote system and requesting data relating to a quality of air level in the vicinity of a known vehicle...
US-9,449,390 Detecting an extended side view mirror
A position of a mirror in or on a vehicle can be detected by receiving a first image and a second image, and comparing the first image to the second image. The...
US-9,448,135 Torque error detection and torque estimation system
A vehicle may include a powertrain having an engine and a generator coupled to a driveshaft, an inverter configured to provide phase currents to the generator,...
US-9,448,131 Battery pack leak detection assembly and method
A method of detecting a leak in a battery pack according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, calculating a predicted...
US-9,448,098 Fuel level inference from canister temperatures
Methods and systems for inferring a fuel level in a fuel tank based on temperature changes in a carbon canister are disclosed. In one example approach a method...
US-9,448,083 Method and apparatus for providing a navigation route with recommended charging
A system includes a processor configured to discover charging station locations within a predefined proximity to a route for which vehicle-charging is required...
US-9,447,765 Powertrain delta current estimation method
A vehicle includes an engine, electrical loads, and at least one controller. While the engine is on, the controller calculates the change in current demand of...
US-9,447,747 Methods and systems for stopping an engine
Systems and methods for improving operation of a stop/start vehicle are presented. In one example, an engine throttle position is adjusted in response to...
US-9,447,744 Fuel shift monitor
Methods and systems are described for evaluating presence of fuel shifts in an engine. In one example, a method comprises indicating a fuel shift based on a...
US-9,447,742 Method and system for improved dilution purging
Methods and systems are provided for expediting EGR purging in a hybrid vehicle during transient operations, such as tip-out to lower load conditions. In...
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