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US-9,327,669 Wrap-around curtain for a vehicle
A vehicle curtain system comprises a curtain having at least a front wall and two side walls, at least one pretensioner having a corresponding pretensioner...
US-9,327,668 Corrugated weld seam for active bolster
An active bolster is provided for an interior trim surface of an automotive vehicle. A plastic-molded outer trim panel has a welding track on an inside surface....
US-9,327,667 Active bolster with supplemental bracing
An active bolster mounts at an interior trim surface of a passenger compartment. A plastic-molded front wall deploys to receive an impacting passenger in the...
US-9,327,666 Passive structural design that improves impact signal during side impact
A vehicle includes a floor structure and one or more tubular rocker structures. Each rocker structure includes an outer cladding and/or an inner structure...
US-9,327,665 Energy absorbing apparatus for a bumper rail
A collision energy absorption apparatus and a vehicle front end structure including the apparatus. The apparatus is welded to a bumper beam and is laterally...
US-9,327,663 Adaptive energy absorber for a vehicle
An energy absorption system comprises a vehicle bumper, an energy absorption member attached to the vehicle bumper, and a plurality of ribs having respective...
US-9,327,643 Photoluminescent lift gate lamp
An illumination apparatus for a vehicle is disclosed. The illumination device comprises a photoluminescent portion disposed on a moveable vehicle closure. The...
US-9,327,635 Turn indicator switch with electromagnetic latching device
A switch for activating the turn signals (blinkers) of a vehicle is actuated by a lever movable from a central position in opposite first and second directions...
US-9,327,629 Temporary seat covers
A vehicle seat assembly includes a seat and a seatback pivotally coupled with the seat. A seatcover assembly is disposed below the seat. The seatcover assembly...
US-9,327,596 Fuel tank wave catcher
A fuel tank for a hybrid vehicle is disclosed. In one example approach, a fuel tank for a vehicle comprises a wave catcher extending through an interior of the...
US-9,327,331 Hemming a flange with compression to form a sharp edge
A tool and method of hemming a panel wherein the tool engages a flange to apply a compressive force with a stop initially preventing a distal end of the flange...
US-D755,096 Motor vehicle front fender
US-D755,089 Motor vehicle front upper grille
US-D755,079 Vehicle exterior
US-9,326,092 Method and system for launching an application
A mobile device comprising at least one controller in communication with one or more transceivers. The one or more transceivers are capable of communication...
US-9,326,053 Flat panel speaker assembly integrated with vehicle trim
A trim panel assembly for a vehicle incorporates a flat panel speaker. The trim panel defines an interior surface of a passenger compartment of the vehicle and...
US-9,325,650 Vehicle telematics data exchange
A system may include a message publisher and a message recipient. The message publisher may be configured to identify a message to be published to a topic of a...
US-9,325,181 Battery overcharge monitoring system and method
An exemplary battery charge monitoring method includes, among other things, calculating expected charge data for a battery using at least a capacity of the...
US-9,324,199 Method and system for controlling an engine cooling system
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....
US-9,323,546 Targeted vehicle remote feature updates
A system may include a configurable module having a firmware version supporting multiple functions and a configuration specifying which of the functions are...
US-9,322,852 Gate drive under-voltage detection
Gate drive faults are detected for an inverter which comprises a phase switch having an insulated gate, such as an IGBT. A complementary transistor pair is...
US-9,322,630 Method for producing and checking an internal thread
The invention relates to a method for producing and checking a thread arranged in a cylinder head to receive a spark plug. However, the invention also relates...
US-9,322,480 Turbocharger arrangement and set of feedbacks for electric actuator control
Various methods for controlling a wastegate with an actuator having a temperature-dependent magnetic field are provided. In one example, the magnetic field is...
US-9,322,400 Jet pump with centralized nozzle
A jet pump that supplies fluid to a transmission pump includes a pump inlet, a sump, a fluid source, and a nozzle including an axial passage for carrying fluid...
US-9,322,380 Methods and systems for engine starting during a shift
Systems and methods for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, torque demand of a driveline after a shift is forecast to...
US-9,322,378 Methods and systems for starting an engine of a hybrid vehicle
Systems and methods for starting an engine of a hybrid vehicle that includes two electric machines capable of starting an engine are presented. In one example,...
US-9,322,367 Methods and systems for fuel canister purge flow estimation with an intake oxygen sensor
Methods and systems are provided for estimating a fuel canister purge flow based on outputs of an intake manifold oxygen sensor. For example, during boosted...
US-9,322,366 Fuel system diagnostics
Methods and systems are provided for detecting a fuel system leak. While a system vacuum pump is operated to supply vacuum to a vacuum consumption device, air...
US-9,322,363 System and method for reducing vane sticking in a variable geometry turbocharger
A method for operating an engine system is described herein. The method includes moving a plurality of vanes in a variable geometry turbocharger toward a closed...
US-9,322,355 System and method for improving operation of an engine combusting liquefied petroleum gas
A method and system for improving operation of an engine that is supplied a fuel having a low super critical temperature is presented. In one example, the...
US-9,322,350 Method for compensating an operating imbalance between different banks of a turbocharged engine
A method for controlling differences in cylinder mixtures for a two cylinder bank engine having a turbocharger is presented. In one example, the description...
US-9,322,348 Fuel system canister purge control
Methods and systems are provided for improving canister purging during the limited engine operation time in a hybrid electric vehicle. Prior to a transition...
US-9,322,347 Method and system for increasing vacuum generation by an engine
A method and a system for providing vacuum via an engine are described. In one example, introduction of a gaseous fuel is ceased in response to a request for...
US-9,322,345 Electric actuator temperature estimation
Various methods for estimating electric actuator temperature during certain operational windows are provided. In one example, a method comprises adjusting an...
US-9,322,342 Hybrid vehicle fuel system leak detection
Methods and systems for fuel system leak detection in a hybrid electric vehicle using a fuel reservoir are disclosed. In one example approach, a method...
US-9,322,340 Method and system for knock control
Methods and systems are provided for improving engine knock control by accounting for a drop in charge cooling efficiency of a knock control fluid at higher...
US-9,322,326 System and method for reducing vane sticking in a variable geometry turbocharger
A method for operating an engine system is described herein. The method includes moving a plurality of vanes in a variable geometry turbocharger toward a closed...
US-9,322,292 Bearing having pre-loading element and method for operation of the bearing
A bearing is provided which includes a first set of rolling elements, a second set of rolling elements spaced away from the first set of rollers, a race at...
US-9,322,289 Vacuum-actuated wastegate
Embodiments for vacuum generation are provided. In one example, a method for an engine including a turbocharger having a compressor driven by a turbine...
US-9,321,891 Encapsulated flexible polyurethane foam and method for making polyol to form foam
A cellular material. The cellular material can be the reaction product of a vegetable-based polyol made from a vegetable oil exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light,...
US-9,321,457 Methods and systems for operating a driveline disconnect clutch
Systems and methods for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, application of a driveline disconnect clutch to start an engine...
US-9,321,452 Methods and systems for adjusting driveline operation during an accelerator tip-out
Systems and methods for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, an engine may be operated at an idle speed while a driveline...
US-9,321,451 Managing ring gear torque in a hybrid electric vehicle to increase available wheel torque
A hybrid electric vehicle includes an engine that can selectively provide drive torque to propel the vehicle. An electric machine also selectively provides...
US-9,321,440 Trailer hold assist during standstill
A vehicle comprises a speed-sensing device outputting a signal indicating a velocity of the vehicle, a brake system outputting a signal for indicating when the...
US-9,321,423 Roof mounted rear seat airbag safety cage
Described herein is a rear seat airbag deployment system, a rear seat airbag of the rear seat airbag deployment system, and a method of deploying the rear seat...
US-9,321,419 Seamless instrument panel passenger air bag door
An air bag housing includes a chute defining an upper perimeter with a first wall extending from the upper perimeter and a cover extending over the chute...
US-9,321,403 Overhead console incorporating an interchangeable drop down storage bin
An overhead console assembly for a vehicle includes a plurality of interchangeable storage bin modules each defining at least receivers and a differently sized...
US-9,321,402 Multi-function automotive trunk storage drawer
A vehicle storage drawer includes a frame and a housing slidably attached to the frame with a central aperture defining a receptacle. At least one container is...
US-9,321,395 Vehicle puddle lamp assembly generating animated image and method
A vehicle puddle lamp assembly is provided and includes a plurality of light projectors located on a vehicle and configured to illuminate different lighted...
US-9,321,347 Compliance structure for a distensible fuel tank
A distensible fuel tank included in a vehicle is provided. The distensible fuel tank includes a housing and a compliance structure coupled to the housing, the...
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