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High pressure airbag for oblique impact modes
A vehicle includes a dash panel and an airbag module disposed behind the dash panel. The airbag module includes an airbag assembly that defines, upon inflation...
Method and system for determining a primary direction of force resulting
from a vehicle collision
A vehicle comprises an acceleration sensing module and a crash direction-computing module. The acceleration-sensing module is configured for generating...
Snug-fit item holder
An item holder for a vehicle interior includes first and second retention members which are operable between at-rest and recessed positions relative to one...
Motor vehicle footpad assembly
A vehicle footrest assembly includes a bracket attached to a vehicle body structure and a foam footpad attached to the bracket. At least one fastener attaches a...
Moveable vehicle armrest assembly
A vehicle includes an armrest and a hinge assembly. The hinge assembly supports the armrest and is rotatable between extended and collapsed positions. The hinge...
Panoramic roof module for a vehicle
A vehicle is provided with a panoramic sunroof system. A movable roof panel operates to open and define a panoramic roof opening. In a panoramic open position,...
Multilink rear axle for a motor vehicle
A multilink rear axle comprises a wheel carrier, a leaf spring, a first lower control arm, an upper control arm, and at least one member. The wheel carrier can...
Method of making a barbed surface for receiving a thermal spray coating
and the surface made by the method
A method is disclosed for preparing a surface for mechanically securing a spray coating to a surface. A first series of grooves formed in the surface are...
Indexing self-piercing die riveter
A self-piercing die riveter having an indexable die table on the nose of its frame. The die table has a number of dies disposed thereon. The frame defines a...
Method and apparatus for preventing contamination from affecting magnetic
A magnetic field sensor is employed to determine a rotational velocity of an element by sensing frequency variations in a magnetic flux during rotation of the...
Ding detection system
A method and system is provided to detect deformations on a sheet metal panel. The method includes swiping the sheet metal panel's surface through a screening...
A transmission gearing arrangement produces nine forward speed ratios and one reverse speed ratio by selective engagement of three shift elements in various...
A transmission gearing arrangements produces up to ten forward and one reverse speed ratios by selective engagement of various combinations of four shift...
Torque converter having integrated flex plate for hybrid electric vehicle
An assembly includes a torque converter concentric with an axis, a rotor hub drivably connected for rotation about the axis to an electric machine and...
Dual clutch transmission
A dual clutch transmission for motor vehicles, with two subtransmissions, with a dual clutch, with a central disk (3) connected to the driving disk (2) and...
Overheat control mechanism for electrical vacuum pumps
A vacuum pump connected to a unit where a low pressure is desired to be maintained, is adapted to reduce a rise in its temperature, during extended operations...
Method and internal combustion engine for a supercharged internal
Embodiments for a turbocharged engine are provided. In one example, a method for operating a supercharged internal combustion engine including at least one...
Multi-staged fuel return system
A fuel system for an engine is provided herein. According to one embodiment, the fuel system includes a fuel supply coupled to a low pressure fuel pump, the low...
Twin scroll turbocharger with EGR takeoffs
Systems and methods for operating a twin scroll turbocharged engine with a junction configured to selectively control exhaust gas delivery to an exhaust gas...
Twin independent boosted I4 engine
An engine receiving boost from a supercharger and/or a turbocharger compressor is provided, along with methods for its operation. The engine may include inline...
Bowtie shaped roof bow
A roof bow for a vehicle is provided that has a "bow-tie" shape including a central portion flanked by two triangular portions. The triangular portions are...
Vehicle maneuvering aids
A vehicle 1 towing a trailer 4 is fitted with three video cameras 5, 6, 7 fitted to the rear of the vehicle and on each door mirror. A view from any camera can...
Jurisdiction-aware function control and configuration for motor vehicles
Apparatus for a motor vehicle comprises a location monitor for determining vehicle coordinates for an instantaneous vehicle position within a predetermined...
Economic cruise control
Economic cruise control where a response of a cruise control system used to control a powertrain is determined based at least in part on whether a driver of a...
Parental control of rear seat HVAC unit in vehicle
A vehicle has front and rear seats and an air conditioning system. There is an auxiliary control accessible from the rear seat for adjusting the air...
Control strategy to alter available wheel power in a vehicle
A hybrid electric vehicle includes an engine and an electric machine for providing propulsion forces to wheels of the vehicle. In an electric-only propulsion...
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...
Webbing exit protection boot for a webbing of a seat belt and seat belt
A webbing exit protection boot for a webbing of a vehicle seat belt has an aperture for the webbing, a stiff lower part confining a lower section of the...
Curtain airbag with seat engaging feature
A curtain airbag assembly for a vehicle has an airbag with a receiving portion shaped to clamp onto or around a portion of a seat of the vehicle when the airbag...
Headrest-mounted vehicle airbag
A head rest is mountable on a vehicle seat back with at least one hollow support bar. The support bar is adjustable to adjust the height of the head rest...
Active bolster with active vent formed in attachment bosses
An active bolster mounts at an interior trim surface of a passenger compartment in an automotive vehicle. A plastic-molded front wall deploys in a deployment...
Active bolster with multiple bladders on single trim piece
An active bolster protects a passenger in an automotive vehicle during a crash event. An interior trim panel has a front wall with a front surface facing the...
Active glove box door with reaction surface catcher
An active glove box system comprises an instrument panel and a glove box door. The instrument panel housing defines a door space bordered by a curb flange along...
Low profile highly efficient vehicular LED modules and headlamps
A vehicle lighting module is provided that includes a lens having a plurality of near-field lens elements, an input surface, and an exit surface. The lighting...
Coupling structure for pull-cup and armrest assembly
A door trim assembly includes an armrest, a pull-cup unit, and an attachment structure. The attachment structure has a first portion with a first flange, a...
BEV life support system and method
A battery electric vehicle life support system for a battery electric vehicle. The system may include at least one controller adapted to receive charging...
Regenerative braking in the presence of an antilock braking system control
A hybrid electric vehicle includes at least one wheel, a friction brake, a motor, and at least one controller. The friction brake is coupled to the wheel and...
Energy storage device protection apparatus
The invention relates to a motor vehicle, in particular a hybrid automobile or electric vehicle, having a battery that is arranged between two wheelhouses An...
Structural door handle attached to door structure at the door window belt
A vehicle door and handle assembly includes inner and outer panels defining an inner door cavity therebetween. A belt reinforcement is disposed within the inner...
Method of producing a graphic design on a vehicle body
A method is provided for printing graphic designs in-line during manufacture of a vehicle. The method utilizes an ink jet printing system to apply graphic...
Vehicle front bumper valance
Nano-structured thin film catalyst
In one embodiment, a catalyst assembly includes a substrate including a base and a number of rods extending from the base; a catalyst layer including a catalyst...
Rapid approach detector
A computer in a vehicle is configured to receive one or more data collector inputs, detect an object proximate to the vehicle based on the one or more inputs,...
Vehicle fueling route planning
An estimated fuel consumption may be determined for a route for a vehicle. At least in part based on the estimated fuel consumption, it may be determined that...
Multiple speed transmission and method of operation
A family of transmissions has four planetary gear sets, five controllable clutches and brake, and a passive one way brake. Selective engagement of the brakes...