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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...
Assembly joined by a flow drill screw
An assembly including a plurality of parts fastened together with a flow drill screw. An indentation is formed on one side of a first part and a second part is...
Method and system for opportunistically automatically stopping an engine
of a vehicle
Methods and systems for stopping and starting an engine automatically are presented. In one example, a method inhibits automatic engine stopping in response to...
Method and system for fuel vapor control
Methods and systems are provided for reducing fuel vapor generation from a fuel tank in a hybrid vehicle. A layer of gel-foam fire retardant is layered over the...
Method for controlling a diesel engine system
A method for controlling a diesel engine is disclosed in which the diesel engine is controlled to produce less soot when the operating state of an associated...
Methods and systems for surge control
Methods and systems are provided for improving a margin to surge. A compressor recirculation valve is held at a semi-open position during steady-state boosted...
Twin turbocharger wastegate control
An engine system comprises a first turbocharger including a first wastegate, first wastegate actuator, and first turbocharger sensor, a second turbocharger...
Methods and systems for variable displacement engine control
Methods and systems are provided for selecting a group of cylinders for selective deactivation, in a variable displacement engine system, based at least on a...
Engine control system and method
Methods and systems are provided for purging condensate from a charge air cooler to an engine intake while reducing misfire events related to the water...
Distinguishing between EGR valve and oxygen sensor degradation
A diagnostic method for an engine having a valve for controlling dilution of intake air. The method comprises, during engine fueling, indicating a degradation...
Method for determining soot mass stored with a particulate filter
A method for determining soot mass oxidized during a particulate filter oxidation procedure is disclosed. In one example, soot mass is determined via an...
Secondary air introduction system and method for system operation
A vehicle system operation method is provided. The method comprises, during a first operating condition, increasing back pressure in a first exhaust conduit...
Ducting system for feeding air and exhaust gases to an internal combustion
engine and for discharging the...
In one embodiment, a ducting system comprises a feed duct for feeding air and exhaust gases to an internal combustion engine, a discharge duct for discharging...
Passive entry side door latch release system
A vehicle passive entry side door latch release system engageable with a release cable connected a door latch. The door latch release system may include a...
Folding bicycle chain stay and frame
A bicycle frame component includes a yoke member, a driveside arm fixed to the yoke member, and a pivot arm coupled to the yoke member opposite the driveside...
Vehicle body structure and method for assembling same
A modular body structure and a method for assembling a body structure in a vehicle includes fitting a pillar having first and second ends between a roof rail...
Transitioning from autonomous vehicle control to to driver control to
responding to driver control
Instructions are provided to at least one vehicle control for autonomous operation of a vehicle. A change in position is detected of at the least one vehicle...
Hybrid electric vehicle and method of starting engine
Two methods may be used to start the engine of a hybrid electric vehicle while the vehicle is moving under electric power. When smoothness is most important, a...
Method and control system for opening the drivetrain of a motor vehicle
A system and method for selectively opening a drivetrain of a vehicle is described. In one example, an electrically operated clutch is opened during selected...
Method and apparatus for changing an autonomously travelling motor vehicle
to a safe state
A method and an apparatus for changing a motor vehicle in an autonomous travel mode to a safe state when the driver of the motor vehicle is not able to monitor...
Passenger airbag with secondary chamber
A vehicle airbag comprises a primary chamber, a secondary chamber affixed to the primary chamber, and a passage between the primary chamber and the secondary...
Inflatable protection mechanisms for vehicle instrument panel
An apparatus includes first and second cover segments adjacent one another and collectively defining a surface of an instrument panel for a vehicle in an...
Seatbelt restraint system for reversible vehicle seat
A vehicle seat includes a back and a cushion. A mounting assembly supports the cushion and includes a first mounting arm coupled with the back and rotatable...
Vehicle front end airbag assembly and system
A vehicle front end assembly includes a radiator assembly, a fascia component overlapping the radiator assembly, and a grill laterally aligned with the radiator...
Vehicle roof rack system
A vehicle roof rack system for use on a roof of a vehicle which may include a moonroof the roof rack system includes first and second side rail members adapted...
Convertible vanity mirror assembly
In a convertible mirror assembly for a vehicle visor, a flexible mirror is operably coupled to a housing and is operable between first and second display...
System and method to mask incoming calls for a communication device
connected to an automotive telematics system
In at least one embodiment, an apparatus for masking an in-coming call from a portable communication device (PCD) in a vehicle is provided. The apparatus...
Vehicle comfort system with efficient coordination of complementary
An HVAC comfort system operates in a cabin of a vehicle. A plurality of vehicle status parameters are measured including a cabin temperature and a seat...
High-frequency signal injection based high voltage interlock
Systems, methods and apparatus are presented to determine high voltage cable connectivity between an inverter module and a remote electric machine. A high...
Automotive vehicle power system interlock detection
A vehicle power system may include a signal driver system electrically connected with a signal receiver system, and a traction battery electrically connected...
Intrusion mitigation door bracket
A vehicle includes a rocker panel and a pillar reinforcement extending in a direction transverse to the rocker panel. The vehicle further includes a door having...
Methods for improving neurological outcome after neural injury and
Thymosin .beta.4 can be used to treat neuronal and brain injuries that are accompanied by neuronal cell death or injury, including injuries caused by stroke or...
Vehicle front upper grille
Vehicle front lower grille
System of securing a wide-range of devices during wireless charging
A system for securing and wirelessly charging a chargeable device on a charger, particularly in a vehicle, is provided. The system includes at least one...
Metal oxygen battery containing oxygen storage materials
In one embodiment, a metal oxygen battery system includes a metal oxygen battery having an electrode compartment. The electrode compartment includes an...
Fuel cell with embedded flow field
A fuel cell may include a porous plate having an embedded flow field formed therein, a catalyst supported on and within the porous plate, and a proton exchange...
System and method of arbitrating audio source streamed by mobile
A system for attenuating vehicle audio for mobile application audible statements, the system comprising a vehicle computing system having one or more processors...
Electric vehicle battery contactor switch monitoring
Contactor switches between a multi-cell battery pack and an electric vehicle load are monitored. A main microcontroller having a chassis ground is digitally...
Torque sensor assembly for a motor vehicle and method of measuring torque
A torque sensor assembly is used to measure torque in a powertrain of a motor vehicle, the powertrain including a power source and a transmission. A sensor is...
Deceleration fuel shut off scheduling based on vehicle parameters
A method for enacting DFSO in a motor vehicle having an engine and a transmission. The method includes, during a condition of normal engine-braking efficiency,...
Hydraulic pump configuration for automatic transmission
An automatic transmission pump assembly includes a torque converter housing and pinion that rotate about a first axis, an idler engaged with the pinion, a gear...
A family of transmission gearing arrangements produces up to ten forward and one reverse speed ratios by selective engagement of various combinations of three...
Electric vacuum pump backup control system and method
An electric vacuum pump backup control system includes a brake on/off switch, a primary electric vacuum pump control interfacing with the brake on/off switch, a...
Stop/start vehicle and method for controlling engine of same
A stop/start system of a vehicle can issue auto stop commands and auto start commands. An engine of the vehicle is auto stopped in response to the auto stop...
Hybrid electric vehicle engine starting with a preloaded damper spring
A method for starting an engine includes preloading a spring of a torsion damper by transmitting torque having a magnitude less than engine cranking torque from...
Intake system with an integrated charge air cooler
An intake assembly in an engine is provided. The intake assembly includes a compressor and a plenum in fluidic communication with the compressor, the plenum...