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US-9,490,640 Temperature monitoring HEV charger cord assembly and charging method
A temperature monitoring vehicle charger cord assembly includes a wall plug; a pair of power prongs carried by the wall plug; at least one thermal sensor...
US-9,490,461 Storage system for passenger vehicle
A passenger vehicle is provided with a seating row that is oriented in a passenger compartment forward of a storage compartment. The seating row has a seat back...
US-9,489,966 Discreet emergency response
A vehicle system includes a microphone programmed to capture sounds in a passenger compartment of a vehicle and output a sound signal. A speech analyzer...
US-9,489,644 Vehicle drive matching system and method
A vehicle includes a route collection module that collects drive history data describing a plurality of routes traveled by the vehicle and associated departure...
US-9,488,676 Sensor shield for an electric vehicle
An example electric vehicle component includes a current sensor shield that blocks magnetic fields of a contactor from influencing a current sensor. An example...
US-9,488,535 Battery pack thermistor test method
A battery pack thermistor test method includes charging a battery pack, monitoring a rise in average temperature reported by at least one thermistor on the...
US-9,488,493 Method and apparatus for electric vehicle trip and recharge planning
A vehicle includes a traction battery, an interface, and at least one processor configured to present, via the interface, a message including a charge-vehicle...
US-9,488,267 Line pressure control with input shaft torque measurement
A method of controlling a line pressure in a transmission is provided. Line pressure in a transmission is set to a pressure value including a first term that is...
US-9,488,231 Cooling assembly and method for providing cooling air flow in region of constant velocity joint
A cooling apparatus and method for providing a cooling air flow in a region of a constant velocity joint. The constant velocity joint has a housing comprising a...
US-9,488,210 Flow drill screw assembly and method
An assembly is provided including a first workpiece and a second workpiece that are positioned together. A groove is provided in an exposed face of one of the...
US-9,488,168 Method and system for prioritizing vehicle vacuum
A vacuum prioritization system for a vehicle is disclosed. In one example, use and availability of vacuum provided via vacuum sources is allocated to higher...
US-9,488,152 Method for purging condensate from a charge air cooler
Methods and systems are provided for cleaning out condensate stored at a charge air cooler. In response to increased condensate accumulation at a charge air...
US-9,488,139 Air intake duct ice ingestion features
An engine system including an air intake duct positioned upstream of an engine cylinder may include an ice ingestion feature for retaining condensation. An ice...
US-9,488,136 Fuel oxidation reduction for hybrid vehicles
Systems and methods to control fuel tank pressure to reduce fuel oxidation in plug-in hybrid electric vehicles are disclosed. A method comprises routing vapors...
US-9,488,127 Bore bridge and cylinder cooling
An internal combustion engine includes a head gasket positioned between a cylinder block and a cylinder head. The cylinder block has first and second cylinders...
US-9,488,117 Method and system for providing vacuum for a vehicle
A method and system for improving vacuum generation for a vehicle is described. In one example, engine speed and alternator load are adjusted in an alternating...
US-9,488,093 Methods for reducing raw particulate engine emissions
The methods described allow for reducing particulate emissions from a direction injection engine during a starting phase, while also maintaining the engine...
US-9,487,977 Sliding door arrester
A sliding door for a motor vehicle includes a sliding door arrester to prevent the sliding door from inadvertently closing during a deceleration event. The...
US-9,487,248 Tonneau cover with integrated storage compartment accessed through the tailgate
A tonneau cover is provided for a pickup truck. The tonneau cover includes a body having a vehicle forward end and a vehicle rearward end. Further, the tonneau...
US-9,487,246 Cargo bed support assembly for a truck
A cargo bed assembly for a pickup truck includes an aluminum truck bed above a pair of frame rails. A plurality of roll-formed 6000-series aluminum...
US-9,487,243 Vehicle body structure
A vehicle body structure includes a side sill formed of high strength steel and a seat cross-member formed of high strength steel. A floor pan is welded to at...
US-9,487,211 Engine control system
Methods and systems are provided for adjusting the operation of an electric coolant pump in a hybrid vehicle system. During vehicle compression braking...
US-9,487,157 Vehicle display assembly including an energy absorption element
A display assembly for a vehicle includes an electronic display and a rod coupled to the electronic display. A guide defines a slot which receives the rod. The...
US-9,487,151 Glove box owner's manual/electronic device storage
A motor vehicle storage compartment includes a housing defining an interior storage space and a top having a cutout defining a rear lip for supporting at least...
US-9,487,140 Closure lock status display system and related method
A doorlock status display system is provided for a motor vehicle. That system includes a door module and a lock status display module. The door module includes...
US-9,487,136 System and method to locate vehicle equipment
A vehicle system configured to identify a location of emergency equipment is disclosed. The vehicle system comprises a storage compartment forming an interior...
US-9,487,135 Dome light assembly
A dome light assembly for a vehicle is provided herein. The dome light assembly includes a headliner having a trough and a light-producing assembly arranged as...
US-9,487,128 Illuminating running board
A running board of a vehicle is provided herein. The running board includes a housing and a light-producing assembly disposed inside the housing. The...
US-9,487,127 Photoluminescent vehicle step lamp
An illumination apparatus for a vehicle is disclosed. The illumination apparatus comprises a photoluminescent portion disposed on a step portion and a first...
US-9,487,126 Photoluminescent puddle lamp
An illumination apparatus for a vehicle is disclosed. The illumination apparatus comprises a photoluminescent portion disposed on a downward facing portion of...
US-9,487,101 Vehicle control system for aligning inductive charging connection
A vehicle control system, a surface marking for a surface upon which a vehicle can be positioned and a method of positioning a vehicle is provided. The vehicle...
US-9,486,957 Assembly and method of pretreating localized areas of parts for joining
An assembly and a method of joining a first part with a second part at an attachment area that includes a localized area on the first part. The localized area...
US-D770,960 Vehicle wheel
US-D770,950 Vehicle front upper bumper cover
US-D770,942 Vehicle exterior
US-9,485,596 Utilizing a smartphone during a public address system session
A technique utilizes a smartphone during a public address system session. The technique involves operating a public address system to provide audio from a local...
US-9,484,590 Fuel cell header wedge
A fuel cell system may include a fuel cell stack having a header and active area in fluid communication with the header. The fuel cell system may also include a...
US-9,484,562 Traction battery assembly
A traction battery assembly includes a base plate and a plurality of prismatic cells stacked in an array on the base plate. A spacer assembly surrounds and is...
US-9,483,927 Method and system for controlling a vehicle during an autonomous control mode
A method and control system for maintaining attentiveness of a driver of a vehicle during an autonomous control mode. A series of cognitively demanding tasks is...
US-9,483,882 Method and device for modifying the configuration of a driving assistance system of a motor vehicle
A method and apparatus for modifying the configuration of a driving assistance system of a motor vehicle includes, during operation in an autopilot mode,...
US-9,482,287 Pressure plate stress-relief grooves for a friction element assembly in a transmission of a motor vehicle and...
Stress-relief grooves are provided in a pressure plate of a friction element assembly in a motor vehicle comprising a transmission. The friction element...
US-9,482,191 System and methods for managing fuel tank temperature
A system for an engine, comprising: a fuel tank; a thermal regulator comprising a phase-change material, the thermal regulator coupled to the fuel tank; and an...
US-9,482,189 Methods and systems for an intake oxygen sensor
Methods and systems are provided for adjusting a reference voltage for an intake manifold oxygen sensor based on ingestion of hydrocarbons from a fuel system...
US-9,482,176 System and method for compensating gaseous fuel injection
A system and method for operating an engine using gaseous fuel is described. In one example, engine operation is adjusted responsive to a temperature of air...
US-9,482,174 Controlling an internal combustion engine through modeling compensation of PCV fuel flow due to oil dilution
A method for controlling an internal combustion engine based on the amount of un-burned fuel dissolved in the engine oil, and returned into the manifold through...
US-9,482,172 Humidity sensor diagnostics
Embodiments for diagnosing a humidity sensor are provided. One example method comprises adjusting an engine operating parameter based on humidity of a first gas...
US-9,482,152 Multi-stroke variable displacement engine
A vehicle propulsion system and method of operation are presented. As one example, cylinder deactivation and transitioning from four to two strokes is...
US-9,482,148 Active exhaust pulse management
Methods and systems are provided for adjusting a volume control valve attached to a branch of a split exhaust manifold in a boosted engine system. Volume...
US-9,482,036 Self-draining keyed cylinder integrated into door trim
A vehicle door includes an outer panel and an inner frame defining a cavity, wherein a portion of the outer panel defines a generally downward outer surface. A...
US-9,481,395 Collision deflector assembly
A vehicle frame is provided having a frame. The frame includes a main rail and a lateral rail. A bracket is operably coupled to the main rail. The vehicle frame...
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