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US-9,145,147 Method and system for warning a driver of a motor vehicle
An apparatus and method for altering the drivability of a vehicle so as to alert a driver of the vehicle of a potentially hazardous condition. The vehicle has...
US-9,145,143 Road characteristic prediction
A vehicle system includes at least one sensor and a processing device. The sensor is configured to output sensor signals representing infrastructure information...
US-9,145,133 Method and system for selecting an engine operating point for a hybrid vehicle
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...
US-9,145,129 Vehicle occupant comfort
Data is collected related to motion of a vehicle. Based on the collected data, it may be determined that a threshold associated with motion sickness is...
US-9,145,128 Coordinating regenative braking with torque converter clutch operation
A method for controlling a vehicle regenerative braking event includes maintaining a converter clutch closed while braking, while an engine connected to the...
US-9,145,123 Methods and systems for controlling catalyst temperature
Systems and methods for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, operation of a driveline disconnect clutch is based on...
US-9,145,118 Method and system for reducing vacuum use in a vehicle
A system and method for conserving vacuum within a vehicle is described. In one example, a vacuum level in a working chamber of a vacuum operated brake booster...
US-9,145,110 Vehicle wireless charger safety system
A vehicular charging system is provided that includes a battery and a charger region. The system also includes a wireless charger for generating an electric...
US-9,145,064 Battery cell capacity balancing system and method
A vehicle may include an electric machine that generates motive power for the vehicle, a plurality of cells that store energy for the electric machine, and at...
US-9,145,051 Systems and methods for managing bleed emissions in plug-in hybrid electric vehicles
A method for a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, comprising: during a first condition, including an engine-off condition and the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle...
US-9,145,049 Pressure controlled driveline mechanical coupling
A vehicle includes a motive power source, a transmission, and a clutch system. The vehicle further includes a controller that causes the clutch system to...
US-9,145,040 Heat exchanger for an air conditioning system
An internal heat exchanger for an air conditioning system, having: a high pressure side through which a coolant under high pressure flows in operation; and a...
US-9,145,039 Height adjustment for vehicles with air spring and vibration damper
The invention concerns a device for a vehicle, for height adjustment of a vehicle superstructure, which at one end has a first means for pivoting on a sprung...
US-9,144,761 Method and device for interior heating in a motor vehicle
Various systems and methods are provided for supplying heat to a passenger compartment during a filter regeneration event. In one example, a first phase of a...
US-9,143,126 Proximity switch having lockout control for controlling movable panel
A vehicle proximity switch and method are provided having lockout control for controlling a movable panel on a vehicle. The switch includes a proximity sensor...
US-9,141,584 Systems and methods for scheduling driver interface tasks based on driver workload
A vehicle's dynamic handling state, driver inputs to the vehicle, etc. may be examined to determine one or more measures of driver workload. Driver interface...
US-9,141,583 Method and system for supervising information communication based on occupant and vehicle environment
A vehicle computer system includes one or more processors configured to receive context data representative of a vehicle's environment from one or more modules....
US-9,140,759 Electric vehicle battery pack voltage monitoring
Total voltage output by a multi-cell battery pack in an electric vehicle is monitored. A main microcontroller having a chassis ground is digitally isolated from...
US-9,140,680 Method for detecting water-in-fuel after refueling event
A method, comprising generating a water-in-fuel indication responsive to a water-in-fuel content increasing more than a threshold amount within a threshold time...
US-9,140,627 Cooling fan assisted engine-off natural vacuum test
A method for a vehicle fuel system, comprising: during an engine-off condition, including an ambient temperature within a threshold range, operating a cooling...
US-9,140,336 Multi-speed transmission
A transmission gearing arrangements produces up to ten forward and one reverse speed ratios by selective engagement of various combinations of four shift...
US-9,140,178 Method for purging charge air cooler condensate during a compressor bypass valve event
Methods and systems are provided for draining condensate from a charge air cooler during a compressor bypass valve event. In one example, an engine controller...
US-9,140,176 Coolant circuit with head and block coolant jackets connected in series
A method to operate a split coolant circuit of a combustion engine wherein a cylinder head coolant jacket and an engine block coolant jacket are provided in...
US-9,140,153 Engine system having a backflow valve and method for operation thereof
An engine system is described. The engine system includes an oil drain passage in fluidic communication with an oil separator. The engine system further...
US-9,140,039 Adjustable striker for a vehicle closure
An adjustable striker assembly for a vehicle closure. The striker assembly employs at least one threaded connector that when rotated moves a striker relative...
US-9,139,237 Floor load structure for vehicle body to frame mount
A vehicle floor structure includes a cross member having a substantially constant cross section shape. A spacing member is disposed beneath the cross member for...
US-9,139,235 Vehicle frame rail and pillar connection
A vehicle frame includes an outside rail section having an upper flange, a lower flange, and an inward facing cavity between the upper and lower flanges. An...
US-9,139,197 Methods and systems for driveline sailing mode entry
Systems and methods for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, entry conditions for entering a driveline sailing mode are...
US-9,139,154 Side curtain airbag for vehicle having inflatable extension
A curtain airbag system for an automotive vehicle is disclosed. The system includes a curtain module substantially embedded in the roof rail in its normal,...
US-9,139,153 Vehicle side impact airbag with laterally extending thoracic chamber
A vehicle side impact airbag has an inflator, a main inflatable chamber disposed for contact with the side arm of the vehicle occupant when inflated, and a...
US-9,139,148 Bonded and rotatable vehicle sensor assembly
A fascia assembly including a bumper beam, a bumper cover, and a sensor assembly is provided. The sensor assembly may include a bracket and a sensor. The sensor...
US-9,139,103 Battery cell capacity balancing system and method
A power system for a vehicle may include at least one controller and a battery having a plurality of cells. The at least one controller may, for each of the...
US-9,139,088 System and method for hybrid vehicle control during wheel slip events to limit generator speed
A system an method for controlling a hybrid vehicle having a transmission coupled to vehicle wheels, an internal combustion engine, a planetary gearset coupled...
US-9,139,074 Methods and devices for positioning a traction battery on a hybrid or electric vehicle
Vehicles incorporating various methods and devices for mounting a fraction battery include securing the traction battery to a structural member of the vehicle...
US-9,139,058 Flexible tow hook
A flexible tow hook assembly for a vehicle. That assembly generally includes a front rail enclosing an inner region, a through-bolt assembly, and a cable. The...
US-D739,321 Vehicle front lower skid plate
US-D739,316 Vehicle front upper bumper cover
US-D739,315 Vehicle front lower bumper cover
US-9,136,840 Proximity switch assembly having dynamic tuned threshold
A method of activating a proximity switch is provided. The method of activating the proximity switch includes the step of sensing a signal associated with a...
US-9,133,870 Adjustable tower stud assembly
An adjustable tower stud assembly is disclosed for securing an object, such as a roof rack, to an external panel such as the roof of a vehicle. The object...
US-9,133,810 Method and apparatus for starting an engine
A method of starting an engine is disclosed in which two or more starter motors are used to start the engine in an alternating sequence so as to equalize wear...
US-9,133,796 Multi-path purge ejector system
Systems and methods for a multi-path purging ejector are disclosed. In one example approach, a multi-path purge system for an engine comprises an ejector...
US-9,133,784 Vehicle having key-based performance mode
A system or method for controlling a vehicle having a normal operating mode and a performance operating mode include detecting a removable key unique to each...
US-9,133,783 Method and system for estimating fuel system integrity
Methods and systems are provided for operating a fuel system configured to deliver a gaseous fuel to an engine. While the engine is shutdown, diagnostic...
US-9,133,757 Engine control system and method
Methods and systems are provided for purging condensate from a charge air cooler to an engine intake. During an engine deceleration event, airflow through a...
US-9,132,835 Enhanced crosswind compensation
A device may estimate crosswind by a vehicle controller according to driver steering inputs indicative of driver intention and crosswind disturbance inputs...
US-9,132,805 Unattended-vehicle engine-idling system
An unattended-vehicle engine-idling system controls a vehicle powertrain in a non-motive mode with the engine running. An ignition switch operables with a...
US-9,132,797 Non-symmetrical knee airbag
An exemplary knee airbag assembly may include an airbag cushion that has a first end and a second end. The airbag cushion may be inflatable from a stowed...
US-9,132,777 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...
US-9,132,745 Frequency based battery model parameter estimation
A hybrid powertrain system includes a battery and at least one controller. The at least one controller is configured to determine instantaneous battery power...
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