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Method and apparatus for determining traffic conditions
A system includes a vehicle processor configured to detect one or more brake presses. The processor is also configured to detect one or more accelerator...
Smart vehicle reflash with battery state of charge (SOC) estimator
Electronic modules in motor vehicles are reflashed without encountering errors due to insufficient electrical power becoming available during a reflashing. A...
Detection of and counter-measures for jackknife enabling conditions during
trailer backup assist
A vehicle comprises a trailer angle detection apparatus and a trailer backup control system coupled to the trailer angle detection apparatus. The trailer angle...
Methods for an exhaust fluid sensor
Various methods are provided for diagnosing an exhaust fluid sensor disposed in an exhaust fluid passage. By monitoring the sensor during conditions when it is...
Crush-can attached to a frame rail through a vehicle body
An impact absorption assembly includes a bumper that is attached to a crush-can. The crush-can is assembled within a frame rail or other chassis frame member. A...
Method and system for expediting engine warm-up
Methods and systems are provided for improving crankcase ventilation by directing heated air to a crankcase. Air is drawn into the crankcase upon passage...
Partially sealed fuel vapor purge system
Systems and methods for operating an engine with a fuel vapor recovery system are disclosed. In one example approach, a method comprises, during a diurnal...
Method and systems for reducing charge air cooler condensate using a
secondary intake throttle
Methods and systems are provided for adjusting a secondary intake throttle based on condensate formation in a charge air cooler, the secondary throttle...
System for thermal management of a vehicle and method for vehicle cold
A method, comprising during a vehicle engine cold start, opening a first valve coupled between a first container containing an adsorbent and a second container...
Method and device for controlling an internal combustion engine
Embodiments for heating a catalyst are provided. In one example, a method for controlling an internal combustion engine having an exhaust-gas aftertreatment...
Valve seat insert
In one example, a valve seat insert for a cylinder head seat pocket of an internal combustion engine is described. The valve seat insert comprises an annular...
Smoothing hybrid vehicle engine shutdown
A method of smoothing hybrid vehicle engine shutdown. A powered and rotating electric machine is used to slow deceleration of an unpowered and rotating engine...
Method and system for selecting an engine operating point for a hybrid
A vehicle includes a powertrain having an engine and an electric machine (M/G) connected by an upstream clutch, and a gearbox connected to the M/G by a torque...
Hybrid vehicle control for traveling over a grade
A method for controlling a hybrid vehicle having an engine includes automatically stopping the engine in response to vehicle power demand dropping below...
System and method for improved vehicle response during vehicle
A vehicle control method for a vehicle having an internal combustion engine coupled to a torque converter is described. In one embodiment, the engine air flow...
Vacuum brake booster vacuum enhancer
A vacuum enhancer having four apertures, one of which is open to the atmosphere, wherein a piston selectively restricts fluid flow through an ejector based on a...
Resistance-based catalytic converter protection systems and configurations
A catalytic converter protection system that includes a controller, a catalytic converter having a housing, and a shorting element that has two terminals and is...
Vehicle oblique impact absorbing system
An instrument panel assembly includes a frame, a first airbag supported by the frame, a second airbag supported by the frame spaced from the first airbag, and...
Movable vehicle bumper
A vehicle bumper system, comprises a first bracket fixedly mounted to a bumper. A second bracket is fixedly mounted to a vehicle frame horn, the second bracket...
Composite modular rear seat structure frame
A vehicle seating assembly includes a plurality of horizontal members, a plurality of vertical members, and a plurality of corner members, which define a seat...
Autonomous vehicle with reconfigurable seats
A vehicle includes a passenger compartment and a bench seat located in the passenger compartment. The bench seat has a bottom portion and a back portion and is...
Vehicle fog lamp cover
Vehicle fog lamp bezel
Vehicle fog lamp
Vehicle liftgate lamp
Vehicle rear upper bumper cover
Vehicle rear lower bumper cover
Vehicle rear lower bumper cover insert
Vehicle rear lower bumper cover
Vehicle front upper bumper cover
Vehicle front lower bumper cover
Vehicle front upper bumper cover
Proximity switch assembly and activation method using rate monitoring
A proximity switch assembly and method for detecting activation of a proximity switch assembly is provided. The assembly includes a plurality of proximity...
Method and apparatus for incoming audio processing
A system includes a processor configured to receive a verbal request to active an audio playback application on a remote device wirelessly connected to the...
Method for analyzing traffic flow at an intersection
A method for assisting a driver includes determining that a host vehicle and first and second surrounding vehicles are approaching an intersection on at least...
Arrangement and method for recognizing road signs
Various embodiments include a system and a method for recognizing road signs. An image of a road sign may be captured by least one image sensor. A vehicle...
Systems and methods for scheduling driver interface tasks based on driver
A vehicle includes at least one processor that receives an in-coming communication for a driver, routes the in-coming communication to a mail system in response...
Situational marking and awareness tag (SMART) beacon, system and method
A system and method are disclosed comprising a plurality of small independent light sources which are arranged in a mesh network and capable of exchanging data...
Laser ignition system based diagnostics
Methods and systems are provided for enabling engine diagnostics, including visual inspections of an engine cylinder, using existing hardware from a laser...
In-vehicle path verification
A vehicle is operated at least partially autonomously. A predicted path of the vehicle is monitored to identify an object with which the vehicle is likely to...
Photoluminescent dynamic lighting
A lighting apparatus is disclosed. The lighting apparatus comprises a circuit configured to be disposed in a panel defining a cavity forming an opening. The...
Electromagnetically actuated clutch
A clutch mechanism includes a coil of wire for producing an electromagnetic field, a locking ring secured against rotation within a case or housing, a gear...
Check valve for an engine vacuum pump
A rotary vane pump includes a housing that encloses an air chamber. An intake aperture extends to the air chamber. A check valve couples with the intake...
Methods and systems for assisted direct start control
Method and systems are provided for controlling a vehicle system including an engine that is selectively deactivated during engine idle-stop conditions. One...
Diesel engine water in fuel separator and reservoir automatic drain system
and control strategy
Methods and systems are provided for draining water separated from diesel fuel into an EGR system. In response to the water volume in the fuel system and EGR...
Coolant jackets for an internal combustion engine and method of control
An internal combustion engine is provided. The internal combustion engine includes a cylinder block having a cooling jacket and a cylinder head having two...