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US-9,120,426 Wheelhouse cladding step
A wheelhouse cladding step assembly includes a step movable between a closed position and an open or deployed position in which the step is located proximal the...
US-9,120,382 Traction battery discharge control
A vehicle includes a traction battery to propel the vehicle. The traction battery includes a plurality of cells that are each selectively connected to a...
US-9,120,366 Monitoring air filter status in automotive HVAC system
A system and methods are provided for monitoring for a clogged or unclogged state of an air filter in an automotive HVAC system. The HVAC system includes a...
US-9,120,365 Automatic temperature override pattern recognition system
Each vehicle in a fleet comprises a climate controller having an auto mode. The auto mode controls climate actuators in response to a model relating sensed...
US-9,120,140 Method and apparatus for clearing a rivet from a riveting tool
An apparatus, tool and method for clearing a rivet from an automated riveting tool. The riveting tool has a nose that supports the rivet as the rivet is...
US-9,120,056 Catalyst assembly for treating engine exhaust
According to one aspect of the present invention, a catalyst assembly is provided for treating an exhaust from an engine. In one embodiment, the catalyst...
US-9,117,373 Method and apparatus for extra-vehicular emergency updates following an accident
A system includes a processor configured to receive instructions from a vehicle computing system (VCS) to being reporting a mobile device location. The...
US-9,117,098 On-board traffic density estimator
Traffic density is estimated around a host vehicle moving on a roadway. An object detection system remotely senses and identifies the positions of nearby...
US-9,115,803 Methods and systems for operating a transmission
Systems and methods for operating and interfacing to a transmission of a vehicle are presented. In one example, a human machine interface allows a driver to...
US-9,115,682 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-9,115,678 Magnetized fuel injector valve and valve seat
Systems and methods for a permanently magnetized valve mechanism and/or valve mechanism seat for a fuel injector are disclosed. In one example approach, a fuel...
US-9,115,665 Method and system for engine control
Methods and systems are provided for adjusting operation of a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle responsive to a seasonal grade of the fuel available in the...
US-9,115,659 Method for reducing the particle emissions of a spark-ignition internal combustion engine with direct...
A method for reducing the particle emissions of a spark-ignition, direct-injection internal combustion engine is provided. The method comprises operating at...
US-9,115,658 Controlling charge air cooler condensation by using heated intake air
Methods and systems are provided for adjusting the temperature of intake air entering an engine. In response to condensate in a charge air cooler and engine...
US-9,115,653 System and method for emptying a tank
A system for method for emptying a gas storage tank of a vehicle is presented. In one example, engine valve timing is adjusted to facilitate reducing pressure...
US-9,115,635 Inferred engine local temperature estimator
A system and methods for inferring a local engine temperature based on various engine conditions input to a dynamic model are disclosed. In the example system...
US-9,115,629 Method for diagnosing operation of a particulate matter sensor
A method for diagnosing a particulate matter sensor is described. In one example, a liquid is purposefully injected into the exhaust system to verify operation...
US-9,115,514 Mechanically initiated speed-based latch device
A pawl actuation device includes a movable input member that shifts from a first position to an actuated position. The pawl actuation device also includes...
US-9,114,839 Vehicle trim component having beverage retainer and method
A vehicle trim assembly is provided having a beverage retainer formed in a storage compartment on the door of an automotive vehicle. The trim assembly includes...
US-9,114,835 Vehicle front end structure
A vehicle front end structure includes a hinge pillar having laterally spaced first and second vertical mounting surfaces that extend in a longitudinal...
US-9,114,806 System and method for controlling battery power based on predicted battery energy usage
A system and method for controlling battery power in a hybrid vehicle for a given driver demand that balances battery state of charge and battery capacity...
US-9,114,796 Inlet air temperature sensor diagnostics
Methods and systems are provided for diagnosing an intake air temperature sensor in a hybrid electric vehicle. An engine temperature is compared to each of an...
US-9,114,794 Method and system for controlling an electric vehicle while charging
An electric vehicle has a thermal circuit connected to a traction battery and a cabin climate system, a user interface, and a controller. The controller is...
US-9,114,790 Shift-by-wire actuation of a transmission park brake
A transmission park-brake system includes a transmission park brake, a solenoid, first, second and third pressure sources, and a servo valve for disengaging the...
US-9,114,773 Thin plate structural support for a motor vehicle armrest
A motor vehicle door and armrest assembly using a thin plate that is vertically strong while laterally collapsible. The plate is comprised of a matrix of...
US-9,114,769 Vehicle sensor assembly with lever assist
A fascia assembly may include a fascia having an inner surface, a sensor assembly including a housing integrated with the inner surface, a sensor having a...
US-9,114,765 Direct load side door pillar applique with integrated channel
An applique assembly for a vehicle door includes a body defining an attachment surface with an edge. The body has a margin extension member coupled with the...
US-9,114,716 Method and apparatus for high-voltage DC charging of battery-electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles
A portable charging device can provide controllable fast DC charging of an electric vehicle (EV) high voltage battery by a separate EV high voltage battery. The...
US-9,114,714 High voltage charge pack
A portable high voltage charging apparatus (HVCA) can be configured to controllably charge a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) traction battery using energy...
US-9,114,709 Limited operating strategy for an electric vehicle
A vehicle is provided with a climate control system and a battery that is connected to the climate control system for supplying power. The vehicle also includes...
US-9,114,704 System and method to prevent unintended vehicle travel
A movement prevention system preventing undesired travel of a vehicle. A transmission gear sensor senses an out of park position of a vehicle transmission. An...
US-D737,176 Vehicle exterior
US-9,112,387 Air-cooled electrical machine with automatic clutch
The disclosure relates to an air-cooled electromechanical system having a rotor, a driver element, and a fan impeller, the rotor comprising a rotor shaft and...
US-9,111,450 Method and system for parking assistance for a vehicle
A method and system for parking assistance for a vehicle, wherein the parking of said vehicle on a parking space at least partly occupied by a second vehicle is...
US-9,109,913 Roadway-induced ride quality reconnaissance and route planning
Route planning for road vehicles is performed taking into account a ride quality that results from the roadway conditions along road segments on a route. A...
US-9,109,772 Optical element for a vehicle lighting assembly
A vehicle light assembly includes an array of light sources mounted in a generally planar base. An optical element includes a first surface having a first...
US-9,109,690 Pivot pin with internal oil passage
A system for an engine comprising an engine drive system and an oil delivery system is provided. According to one embodiment, the engine drive system includes a...
US-9,109,669 Multi-speed transmission
A family of transmission gearing arrangements provides a plurality of forward speed ratios and one or more reverse speed ratios by selective engagement of shift...
US-9,109,668 Multi-speed transmission
A family of transmission gearing arrangements produces up to nine forward and one reverse speed ratios by selective engagement of three shift elements in...
US-9,109,644 Friction brake for a dog clutch
A dog clutch, includes a first ring secured to an overrunning brake rotatable race, including first teeth, a first disc, the second ring angularly displaceable...
US-9,109,550 Modular design for fuel vapor purging in boosted engines
Methods and systems for fuel vapor canister purging in boosted engines are described. In one example, vapors are purged from the canister into an engine intake...
US-9,109,548 Internal orifice characterization in leak check module
Systems and methods for internal orifice characterization in an evaporative leak check module are disclosed. In one example approach, a method comprises...
US-9,109,525 Laser heating system
A method for vaporizing fuel is provided. The method comprises heating the fuel in a cylinder of an engine via radiation to vaporize the fuel without ignition....
US-9,109,523 Methods and systems for humidity and PCV flow detection via an exhaust gas sensor
Methods and systems are provided for estimating a PCV flow to an engine based on the output of an exhaust gas oxygen sensor. During DFSO conditions, a reference...
US-9,109,505 Methods and systems for condensation control
Methods and systems are provided for reducing condensate accumulation at a charge air cooler (CAC) during cold ambient conditions. A wastegate may be held...
US-9,109,504 Wastegate valve control for degraded measurement
Various systems and methods are provided for controlling a wastegate in the presence of a degraded wastegate valve sensor. In one example, responsive to...
US-9,109,500 Charge air cooler housing water trap
A charge air cooler includes a cooler housing configured to couple with an intercooler core outlet and having a condensate/water trap disposed within the cooler...
US-9,109,496 System and method for a movable exhaust aftertreatment device in an internal combustion engine
The present application relates to an exhaust-gas aftertreatment device and to a method for exhaust-gas aftertreatment. According to one aspect of the present...
US-9,109,494 Air injection timed with exhaust release
Embodiments for injecting air into exhaust ports of an engine are provided. In one example, a multi-cylinder engine method comprises combusting a rich air-fuel...
US-9,109,481 Method to control and diagnose an exhaust gas heat exchanger
A method for controlling an exhaust gas recovery system for an engine includes generating a signal to control exhaust gas flow through an exhaust gas heat...
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