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Folding handlebar mount
An apparatus includes a base configured to engage a frame stem of a bicycle and first and second handlebar brackets rotatably coupled to the base about a pivot....
Tapered involute sector gear and variable ratio rack recirculating-ball
style steering gearbox
A recirculating-ball style gearbox for a vehicle steering system is provided. The gearbox has a rack with rack-teeth that are capable of providing variable...
Method and system for engine and powertrain control
Methods and systems are provided for expediting updating a vehicle's powertrain calibration table. The table is updated with data generated on-board a given...
All-wheel-drive system interaction with fuel savings operation of a motor
A method for controlling vehicle powertrain operation includes activating all-wheel-drive or 4.times.4-operation provided one of an environmental condition,...
Predicting energy consumption for an electric vehicle using variations in
past energy consumption
An example method of controlling an electric vehicle includes altering operation of an electric vehicle in response to a predicted energy consumption rate. The...
Method and system for engine control
Methods and systems are provided for slowly rotating an engine, unfueled, via a motor prior to an imminent engine restart to heat the engine. By rotating the...
Steering wheel mounted trailer brake controllers and systems
A trailer brake controller for a motor vehicle may include a control unit configured to be mounted to a spoke of a steering wheel of the vehicle, and a brake...
Rigid device for low speed damageability of vehicles
A bumper assembly includes a beam and a rigid device. The beam is at least partially spaced from a vehicle fascia. The rigid device is disposed on the beam in a...
Motor vehicle equipped with dynamic floor section
A vehicle incorporates a storage area with a dynamic floor section. That dynamic floor section includes a plurality of interconnected panels that slide and fold...
Affective user interface in an autonomous vehicle
Data may be collected relating to autonomous operation of a vehicle. A first confidence assessment concerning whether the vehicle should operate autonomously...
Supplemental vehicle lighting system for vision based target detection
A supplemental vehicle lighting system that is responsive to a trailer backup assist system is provided. The system includes a rear vehicle fixture defining a...
Cup holder and storage bin assembly
A cup holder assembly includes a housing having a track member, wherein an insert, having first and second sides, is adjustably received on the track member in...
Vehicle seating assembly with multi-contour system
A vehicle seating assembly includes a seating surface. A plurality of polymeric mats each include a memory metal encased therein, a first side operably coupled...
Seatback stabilization device and vehicle employing the same
In one or more embodiments, a vehicle seatback stabilization device includes a seatback stabilization portion to be connected to a seatback, and a vehicle body...
Flush and sub-flush protective shields to reduce exhaust soot and
An exhaust assembly that includes an exhaust pipe extending rearward from a vehicle into an exhaust passage, and a fascia coupled to the vehicle defining the...
Composite panel for joining with a clinch joint and method of forming a
An assembly comprising a first composite fiber reinforced part that is joined to a second part by a clinch joint. The first part includes a first layer of resin...
Plastic part with reduced read-through
A vehicle interior panel includes a substrate having an interior surface and an exterior surface. An attachment structure extends integrally from the interior...
Vehicle fog lamp
Vehicle fog lamp
Vehicle hitch cover
Vehicle front center grille
Systems and methods for generating power for an electric sub-assembly of a
A system for generating power for an electric sub-assembly of a motor vehicle may include at least one reverse electrowetting energy harvesting element coupled...
Ultrathin platinum films
In at least one embodiment, a method of forming a platinum thin film is provided, including performing a first atomic layer deposition (ALD) process on a...
Method and apparatus for driveline softening in a vehicle
A vehicle includes a power source, such as an engine, an electric machine, or combination thereof. A torque converter is selectively coupled to the power source...
Engine-off refueling detection method
A method for an engine fuel system comprises, during an engine-off condition, indicating a refueling event based on a rate of change in fuel tank pressure, and...
Engine having composite cylinder block
An engine is provided. The engine includes a thermal set composite cylinder block including a front engine cover attachment interface and a transmission...
Smart vehicle sensor
Various systems and methods are described for controlling operation of a motor vehicle based on a sensor. One example method comprises receiving sensed...
Viscosity detection using starter motor
Various methods for inferring oil viscosity and/or oil viscosity index in an internal combustion engine are provided. In one example, a new control method...
Multivariable low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation control
Methods and systems are provided for adjusting a LP-EGR valve and an LP intake throttle to provide a desired LP-EGR flow rate while maintaining a minimum...
Adjustments for engine spark using remote data
External data from a second computer external to a vehicle is received in an in-vehicle computer comprising a processor and a memory. At least one derived datum...
Method and system for binary flow turbine control
Methods and systems are provided for adjusting the opening of a scroll valve of a binary flow turbine. Scroll valve adjustments are used at different engine...
Engine cooling system control
Methods and systems are provided for expediting engine system heating by stagnating coolant in one of a plurality of loops in an engine cooling system....
Conformal transverse muffler
Embodiments in accordance with the present disclosure may provide a muffler comprising an enclosure. The enclosure, in one example, may include a relatively...
Low viscosity transmission fluids with enhanced gear fatigue and
A lubricant composition, a method for improving lubrication and a method for lubricating a machine. The lubricant composition includes a) a major amount of a...
Bicycle wheel axle
An apparatus includes a substantially cylindrical and hollow main body having an open end and a closed end and a bayonet component extending therein. The...
Trailer motion and parameter estimation system
A trailer backup assist system for a vehicle reversing a trailer includes a sensor module adapted to attach to the trailer and generate a trailer yaw rate or a...
Methods and systems for a driveline disconnect clutch
Systems and methods for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, compensation for a driveline disconnect clutch is provided. The...
Method of braking in hybrid vehicle
A method of operating a hybrid electric vehicle coordinates operation of an internal combustion engine, a motor, and friction brakes to mitigate a driveline...
Passenger airbag with secondary chamber
A vehicle airbag comprises a primary chamber and a secondary chamber affixed to the primary chamber by a seam. A passage is defined between the primary chamber...
Seat cushion assembly
A vehicle seating assembly having a seat back including a polymeric body portion defining a support frame having a plurality of forwardly extending connection...
Photoluminescent scuff plate and grab handle
A lighting system for a vehicle is provided. The system includes at least one light source configured to output a first light at a first wavelength. The system...
Adjustable cargo track system on side panel
A cargo retention apparatus for a vehicle includes a vehicle panel defining an interior, an exterior, and an elongate slot open between the interior and...
Head restraint with a multi-cell bladder assembly
A vehicle seating assembly includes a pump and a headrest. The headrest has a support base, a flexible foam layer coupled with the support base, a flexible...
Differential lateral stiffness armrest
An automobile armrest is described. The armrest allows lateral movement in an outboard direction while resisting inboard movement. The armrest facilitates...
Autonomous vehicle with reconfigurable seats
A vehicle includes a passenger compartment and at least one seat located in the passenger compartment. The seat can be moved from a front-facing position to a...
System and method for adjusting battery pack state of charge limits
Systems and methods for operating a battery pack supplying power to propel a vehicle are disclosed. One example method comprises, adjusting a battery pack state...