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Vehicle speed control apparatus and method
The present disclosure describes systems and methods for controlling the speed of a vehicle comprising: during a pulse phase of cruise control, applying engine...
Method and system for adjusting hybrid vehicle driveline torque
Methods and systems for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, an engine torque estimate may be adapted in response to a torque...
Methods and systems for operating a vehicle driveline
Systems and methods for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, an engine is accelerated to a speed of a driveline integrated...
Load-based vehicle operating control
A hybrid vehicle includes an engine and an electric machine, both capable of propelling the vehicle. The electric machine is electrically connected to a high...
Cold temperature engine start
A method of starting a vehicle may include providing power to a motor to spin the motor at a speed at least equal to a target engine cranking speed while a...
Seat belt presenter fault indication
A vehicle system includes a seat belt buckle configured to receive a seat belt. The seat belt buckle is moveable between a first position and a second position....
Active bolster with hot-weld rivets
An active bolster for an automotive vehicle includes a plastic-molded outer trim panel with a welding track on an inside surface and a plastic-molded expandable...
Storage bin for a vehicle interior
A storage bin includes a base, a plurality of pins supported by and moveable relative to the base, and a locking plate. The locking plate includes a plurality...
Interior trim electronic device holder
An electronic device holder includes a vehicle pillar in which a vertical track assembly is disposed. First and second pivoting arms are pivotally coupled to...
Method for revitalizing and increasing lithium ion battery capacity
A hybrid or electric vehicle includes a lithium-ion battery and a controller. The controller is programmed to discharge the battery through an electrical load...
Hybrid vehicle braking system and method
A vehicle includes a powertrain having an electric machine, and friction brakes configured to resist rotation of a vehicle wheel. The further includes at least...
Controlling a powertrain and a clutch of a vehicle
A vehicle includes an engine and is at least partially propelled by a fraction battery and a traction motor. A clutch is configured to be coupled to the...
System off configuration for climate control system
A system off configuration for an automotive climate control system is provided. The climate control system includes a compressor having two downstream flow...
Independent wheel suspension for the non-driven wheels of a vehicle
An independent wheel suspension for the non-driven wheels of a vehicle comprises a wheel carrier for rotatably mounting a wheel of the vehicle, the wheel...
Motor vehicle rear lower bumper cover
Vehicle hood vent
Method and system for launching an application
A computer-program product embodied in a non-transitory computer read-able medium that is programmed for communicating accident data to a vehicle computing...
Electrified vehicle battery pack monitoring assembly and method
An exemplary monitoring assembly includes, among other things, a controller configured to identify a change in an internal pressure of a battery cell using a...
Multi-tier traction battery assembly with alignment feature
A battery assembly includes a lower array including opposing endplates having upwardly protruding pins, and an upper array including opposing endplates having...
Headlamp aimer box
A headlamp aimer box includes a housing defining an opening and a tunnel, a window disposed within the opening, and a whiteboard disposed at one end of the...
Control of transmission latch valve
A transmission includes a latch valve with latched and de-latched states. In the de-latched state, the latch valve directs a control pressure to a clutch apply...
Electrified vehicle powertrain clutch
An exemplary clutch device of an electrified vehicle includes a first member having a plurality of lugs about an axis, and a second member including a plurality...
Molded encapsulated retainer
An encapsulated retainer comprises a barrel that defines a fastener-securing void. The barrel has a flange that extends about its periphery. The encapsulated...
Method and system for fuel vapor control
Methods and systems are provided for monitoring a fuel vapor recovery system including a fuel tank isolation valve coupled between a fuel tank and a canister....
Rapid zero flow lubrication methods for a high pressure pump
Methods are provided for rapid zero flow lubrication of a high pressure fuel pump, wherein a fuel rail pressure rapidly responds to commanded duty cycles. A...
Cooling system and method for a vehicle engine
An exemplary cooling system includes, among other things, a first pump to supply coolant to a cylinder head or cylinder block of an engine, a second pump to...
Extendable jack tool and jack assembly employing the same
The present invention in one or more embodiments provides a jack tool including a first shaft including a first tail with a first protrusion connected to a...
Methods and systems for configuring of a trailer maneuvering system
A system for configuring a trailer model for a trailer maneuvering system is disclosed. The system comprises a controller having a memory and being operable to...
Method for determining assist torque offset and system using same
A vehicle having a driving assist system and an electric power assist steering system coupled to the driving assist system. The driving assist system transmits...
Hybrid vehicle braking limit determination system and method
A vehicle includes a powertrain having an electric machine configured to selectively apply regenerative torque to cause deceleration in response to braking...
Method and system for operating a hybrid powertrain
A method and a system for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, operation of a hybrid driveline is adjusted in response to...
Vehicle stability control system and method
A vehicle stability control system comprises a 5-sensor cluster and a stability controller configured to communicate with the 5-sensor cluster and receive...
Air bag door hinge for a motor vehicle
An automobile air bag mounting structure includes a chute defining an opening with a first wall extending from the opening, a cover fully sealing the opening,...
Compression limiting clip for a bracket assembly
A bracket assembly includes a polymer bracket that has a first side, a second side, and an opening that extends between the first and second sides. A...
Assembly of vehicle structural components at a common joint
An assembly includes a base component secured to vehicle frame components and a first body component having an inside surface abutting the base component. The...
Folding seat assembly for a motor vehicle
A folding seat assembly includes a pair of seats each of which has a backrest and a seat cushion. A luggage compartment cover housing is attached to each...
Traffic density sensitivity selector
Data is collected related one or more objects proximate to a first vehicle, the one or more objects including a second vehicle. The collected data is used to...
Temperature based electric machine control
A vehicle having at least one electric machine capable of propelling the vehicle is provided. An oil circulation path is provided that circulates oil through...
Rule-based cruise control system and method
A rule-based vehicle cruise-control system includes a computer in a vehicle, the computer including a processor and a memory, and the computer is configured to...
Self-locating busbar assembly and alignment method
A self-locating bus bar assembly for locating a bus bar on a cell terminal of a battery cell includes a bus bar locating tab adapted for attachment to the bus...
Vehicle with traffic flow reminder
A vehicle system having at least one sensor configured to output a range signal and a range-rate signal. The range signal represents a distance from a host...
Key fob security copy to a mobile phone
A mobile device having a transceiver, a microphone, and a processor programmed to control a vehicle function at a vehicle computing system based on a received...
Vehicle lamps with uniform apparent brightness
A Parabolic-Type reflector has a uniform Apparent Brightness over the reflector surface. A model of the reflector is divided into a plurality of elements...
Illuminating floor mat with wireless power transfer
An illuminable mat adapted for use in a variety of settings is provided. The illuminable mat includes an illuminable region and a light source that illuminates...
Transmission gear shift indication adjustment
Methods and systems are provided for operating a vehicle with a transmission. In one example approach, a method for a vehicle comprises, during a transmission...
Strap mounting for pendulum dampers
A pendulum damper fixed to a rotating element of an engine comprises a pendulum anchor, a pendulum, and a flexible metal strap attaching the pendulum and...
Vibration-isolating bracket assembly
In one or more embodiments, a vibration-isolating bracket assembly includes an elastic donut including a main aperture, a first bracket including a tongue with...