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Exiting vehicle transport mode using fuel level
A method for exiting the vehicle transport mode including placing the vehicle ignition in a predetermined position, monitoring the fuel level and exiting the...
System and method for controlling a powertrain in a vehicle
A system and method for controlling a powertrain in a vehicle includes controlling a speed of an engine in the vehicle using a first engine speed control when...
Methods and systems for improving hybrid vehicle performance consistency
Systems and methods for improving hybrid vehicle performance and efficiency attributes are presented. In one example, an electric machine maximum available...
Engine operation for plug-in hybrid electric vehicle
A method, comprising propelling a vehicle with an engine and a motor starting the engine if energy stored in an energy storage device is greater than an upper...
Methods and system for improving hybrid vehicle gear shifting
Systems and methods for improving gear shifting of a step-ratio automatic transmission in a hybrid vehicle are presented. The systems and methods may provide...
Clutch calibration for a hybrid electric powertrain
Calibration of an engine disconnect clutch for a hybrid electric powertrain. The clutch is prestroked while an engine and machine are stopped. A machine torque...
Frangible member for vehicle body structure
A vehicle body structure includes a cowl top and a cowl inner. A bracket assembly is connected between the cowl top and the cowl inner, and includes a frangible...
Anti-rattle interface for airbag chute to airbag module
A vehicle airbag assembly includes a chute including a side wall defining an aperture with a top side and a bottom side. A first retention tab extends from the...
Vehicle deflection system for impact events
A vehicle includes a frame, a bumper, and a crush can that secures the bumper to the frame. The crush can includes a plurality of cells that are arranged in a...
Flexible seatback system
A vehicle seat suspension system includes first and second side supports that define a seatback frame. A front trim piece is coupled between the first and...
Console armrest assembly with dampening strut and integrated inertial lock
A console armrest assembly includes a support, a displaceable cover and a hinge pivotally attaching that cover to the support. A dampening strut is connected...
Fuel tank depressurization before refueling a plug-in hybrid vehicle
Methods and systems for controlling a locking mechanism on a fuel cap for refueling a vehicle are disclosed. In one example approach, a method comprises venting...
Vehicle rear lower bumper cover
Wearable power supply comprising a master cell and a slave cell
There is disclosed a universal power pack, power supply and battery harvesting device. Generally, each comprises a receptacle for receiving at least one battery...
Assembly to manage contact between battery cell array and thermal
interface component of thermal plate
A vehicle traction battery assembly is provided which may include a support structure, a thermal interface component, and a pressure plate. The support...
Vehicle cut-in strategy
A vehicle system includes a first sensor configured to output a first signal and a second sensor configured to output a second signal. The first and second...
Continuous leakage detection circuit with integrated robustness check and
balanced fault detection
A leakage detection circuit with integrated robustness check provides leakage detection and continuous robustness check capability. A circuit can include a...
Powered diaphragm air extractor and control system
An air extractor assembly for an automotive vehicle includes a diaphragm seat attached to a panel of the vehicle's interior, a diaphragm movable between a...
Fuel injector spray pattern
A fuel injector having an injector axis, comprising a first nozzle aiming in a first radial direction; a first nozzle pair aiming in radial directions each...
Method and system for detecting PHEV EVAP system recirculation tube
A method for detecting blockage within a recirculation tube of the evaporative emission control system of a PHEV measures the rise in interior temperature of a...
System and method for determining turbine degradation and mitigating
turbine degradation in a variable geometry...
A method for operating a vehicle system is described herein. The method includes indicating a variable geometry turbine degradation based on a comparison of a...
Methods and systems for humidity detection via an exhaust gas sensor
Various methods and system are described for determining ambient humidity via an exhaust gas sensor disposed in an exhaust system of an engine. In one example,...
Exhaust humidity sensor
Embodiments for adjusting engine operating parameters based on output from an exhaust humidity sensor are provided. One example method for an engine comprises...
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...
Automotive drone deployment system
This disclosure generally relates to an automotive drone deployment system that includes at least a vehicle and a deployable drone that is configured to attach...
Cantilevered rear stay and suspension for a shaft driven bicycle
A bicycle having a drive-shaft connecting a crank to an internal hub gearbox on a rear wheel. The bicycle having a suspension system and a cantilevered rear...
Hybrid vehicle and associated control method
A hybrid vehicle and method of control are disclosed wherein the ratio of engine speed to vehicle speed varies continuously in some operating modes and is...
PHEV energy management control with trip-oriented energy consumption
A driving pattern based plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) energy consumption preplanning process enables a PHEV trip-oriented energy management control...
Coordinated engine start in hybrid vehicle
A method for controlling a hybrid vehicle powertrain, where the powertrain includes a motor and an engine, includes providing a first motor torque in response...
Autonomous vehicle window clearing
At least one datum is received relating to a condition of a window in the vehicle. A determination is made to change a parameter based on the at least one...
Active bolster stress relief vents for failsafe weld protection
An active bolster mounts at an interior trim surface of a passenger compartment in an automotive vehicle. A plastic front wall deploys in a deployment direction...
Narrow sliding storage bin
A sliding storage compartment assembly for a motor vehicle includes a storage bin including parallel side rails defined on opposed sides thereof and a pair of...
Moving axis compartment door
An assembly for mounting a door with a vehicle compartment includes an arm coupled with the compartment and with the door, a track fixed with the compartment,...
Luminescent seating assembly
A lighting system for a vehicle headrest is provided herein. The lighting system includes a support attached to a headrest on a first end and removably coupled...
Flexible seatback system
A vehicle seat suspension system includes first and second side supports defining a seatback structure. An upper component and a lower component are provided,...
Method and system for adjusting grille shutters based on temperature and
Methods and systems are provided for adjusting vehicle grille shutters based on engine coolant temperature. In one example, a method includes adjusting grille...
Vehicle front lower bumper cover
Air-cooled battery module for a vehicle
A high voltage battery module comprises a plurality of battery cells stacked in an array. The array is covered on its ends by a pair of opposing end plates, and...
Composition for reducing moisture in a battery electrolyte
In at least one embodiment, a lithium-ion battery is provided comprising a positive electrode, a negative electrode, an electrolyte, and a separator situated...
Fault handling in an autonomous vehicle
Data is collected during operation of a vehicle. A determination is made that a confidence assessment of at least one of the data indicates at least one fault...
Mitigation of LF interference from adjacent vehicles also using LF
approach detection system
A system may include at least one antenna and a controller in communication with the antenna. The controller may be configured to establish a pattern for...
Bidirectional DC converter-based battery simulator
A battery simulator is configured to provide large energy pulses for hot plug testing while maintaining the ability to quickly respond during random order...
Vehicle with selectable battery pack isolation detection circuitry using
A power system for a vehicle includes at least two battery packs spaced away from each other. A first battery pack includes a plurality of battery cells and a...
Controlling an automatic transmission
A method of downshifting an automotive transmission. An on-coming transmission element is stroked while pressure for an off-going element is reduced. Pressure...
Method and system for torque control
Methods and systems are provided for enabling a smooth transmission shift in a hybrid vehicle configured with a motor hybrid transmission. During an initial...
Method and system for engine starting
A method and a system for improving operation of an automatically started engine are described. In one example, engine speed is adjusted to a sole run-up speed...
Systems and methods for multiple aspirators for a constant pump rate
Methods and systems are provided for a parallel arrangement of at least two valved aspirators, with a high pressure source such as an intake throttle inlet...
Methods and systems for adjusting fuel injector operation
Systems and methods for improving fuel injection of an engine that includes a cylinder receiving fuel from two different fuel injectors is disclosed. In one...
Methods and systems for fuel ethanol content determination via an oxygen
Methods are provided for accurately learning part-to-part variability of an intake or exhaust oxygen sensor. A correction factor is learned based on a sensor...