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Method and system for improving engine starting
An engine system and method for improving engine starting are disclosed. In one example, engine port throttles are adjusted differently during automatic and...
Variable valve timing for cylinder deactivation
Methods and systems are provided for adjusting cylinder valve timings to enable a group of cylinders to operate and combust while another group of cylinders on...
System and method for vehicle speed monitoring using historical speed data
A target (not-to-exceed) speed for a vehicle over a road segment ahead of the vehicle is established based on a desired relationship with a speed profile of the...
Electro-hydraulic brake-by-wire system and method
An electro-hydraulic brake-by-wire system includes a brake pedal, an electronic booster coupled to the brake pedal, a master cylinder coupled to the electronic...
Methods and systems for engine shut-down control
An example method of operation comprises, selectively shutting down engine operation responsive to operating conditions and without receiving an engine shutdown...
Rain onset detection glazing auto-close
A vehicle system may include a plurality of exterior capacitive sensors, such as door handles, and a controller in communication with the plurality of...
Vehicle shut-down functionality for PEPS-equipped vehicles
A vehicle comprises a plurality of control module structures. A first control module structure is configured for determining a current motive mode of the...
Enhanced park assist wheel speed compensation technique
A method of parking a vehicle includes calibrating a wheel speed count of the vehicle based on a measured length that is external to the vehicle, and parking...
Key fob security copy to a mobile phone
A mobile device enabling one or more processors to receive vehicle key security codes from a vehicle key. The mobile device may receive a signal from a...
System for detecting usage of a wireless phone in an automobile
A vehicle includes a detection module including a directional antenna and signal processing logic. The detection module is located within the vehicle, arranged...
Rechargeable battery with shutdown layer comprising a low melting point
material and an electrically conductive...
In at least one embodiment, a battery is provided comprising an anode and cathode, a separator between the anode and cathode, and a shutdown layer between the...
Brake apply and release detection for stop/start vehicle
A vehicle is provided with an engine that is configured for automatic shutdown and restart. The vehicle is also provided with a controller that is configured to...
Methods and systems for a vehicle driveline
Systems and methods for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, driveline operating modes may be manually selected to improve...
Hybrid vehicle and associated engine speed control method
A hybrid vehicle and method of control include an internal combustion engine and at least one traction motor operated such that engine speed is a function of...
Low profile vehicle axle
An axle assembly includes first and second spiral bevel gears meshing with a pinion, a gearset including a sun gear secured to the first bevel gear, a ring gear...
Header beam of a vehicle frame and method of forming the same
A header beam couples between A-pillars of a vehicle frame. The header beam is formed from a generally straight beam segment that is extruded to have a hollow...
Airflow control device for an automotive vehicle
An airflow control device is mounted to the front end of an automotive vehicle and includes an upper air scoop section having a scoop channel disposed rearward...
Vehicle structural support assembly with a split inner panel
A structural support assembly for a vehicle that has a roof and a rocker assembly. The structural support assembly includes an outer panel extending from the...
Seat-belt load limiter
A device that limits a load of a seat belt includes various elements. For example, the device includes a seat-belt webbing and a shoulder anchor to which a...
Dual clutch assembly for a transmission having two input shafts
A dual clutch arrangement for a transmission that is provided with a first input shaft and a second input shaft has a clutch housing that is connectable to a...
Vehicular body panel energy generator system
A vehicular body panel energy generator system is disclosed. An illustrative embodiment of the system includes a vehicle body and a plurality of body panels...
Cooling in a liquid-to-air heat exchanger
A system and method for controlling cooling an engine involve an engine coolant circuit with a radiator and an engine, a fan and a coolant pump are provided....
A refrigerant line for carrying a mixture of refrigerant and lubrication oil. The line includes an inner casing made of a material impermeable to the...
Method and system for pre-ignition control
Methods and systems are provided for reducing late burn induced cylinder pre-ignition events. In response to a late burn combustion event in a cylinder,...
Method for operating a direct fuel injector
A method, comprising: operating an engine cylinder with fuel from a first injector and not a second injector and activating the second injector in response to a...
Motor vehicle climate control system
A vehicle climate control system includes a thermal-adsorption heat pump driven by engine exhaust heat, the heat pump including two adsorbers asynchronously...
Boost reservoir control
Methods and systems are provided for reducing turbo lag in a boosted engine. A boost reservoir coupled to the engine may be charged with compressed intake air...
Method and apparatus for injecting hydrogen within an engine
An engine system comprising: an exhaust gas system for removing exhaust gas from the engine; a turbocharger comprising a compressor for inducing air towards the...
Exhaust system mixing device
A mixing device comprises a circular disc of fin sections positioned so as to create openings in the inner and outer regions of the mixing device that generate...
Catalyst heating with exhaust back-pressure
Embodiments for controlling an exhaust back-pressure valve are provided. In one example, a method for operating an engine comprises closing an exhaust...
Vehicle hood scoop
Skip-shift operations for automatic transmission systems
Method and system providing manual skip-shift for operating the automatic transmission of a vehicle. The method includes accepting the input of gear states by...
Adaptive active suspension system with road preview
A method for controlling an active suspension is disclosed. The method includes steps of determining a dimension of a road abnormality ahead of the vehicle;...
Wireless vehicle servicing
Various embodiments include methods, systems, and computer-program products for wireless vehicle servicing. Instructions for performing a vehicle servicing...
Method and apparatus for analyzing and optimizing fuel/energy consumption
A computer-implemented method includes receiving a request for improving vehicular energy conservation. The method further includes responsively providing at...
Lane monitoring with electronic horizon
Apparatus for a vehicle operated on a roadway having lane markers includes an optical sensor providing optical data of the roadway. A first lane model is stored...
Automobile location detector
A system includes a receiver configured to receive a signal representing a sequence of user inputs to a portable electronic device and an audible device...
Virtual vehicle entry keypad and method of use thereof
Keypad indicia are integral with a window of a vehicle. The keypad indicia are formed using a ultra-violet (UV) fluorescent dye that is nearly invisible to a...
Electromagnetically actuated axial one-way clutch
A clutch including a rotatable member including a first ramp and first teeth, a second member held against rotation, axially displaceable, including a second...
Proximity switch having wrong touch feedback
A proximity switch assembly and method are provided having wrong touch feedback. The switch includes a plurality of proximity switches each including proximity...
Heated/cooled thermoelectric steering wheel
A steering wheel includes a central portion connected to the steering column for rotation about an axis, and a rim extending around the central portion. A...
Mechanism for actuating a power transfer unit
A drive system includes a differential for transmitting power between a power source and first axles; a clutch including a first member driveably connected to...
Uniform illumination of lamps
One embodiment of a vehicle lamp assembly may include a housing, which includes a pair of opposing reflective surfaces defining a chamber therebetween. The...
Deflector-catcher for small overlap vehicle impacts
A front-end assembly including a deflector and a catcher bracket. The V-shaped deflector is attached to a bumper of a vehicle, a rear leg of the deflector has a...
Cowl trim assembly with adjustable footrest
A cowl trim assembly includes a panel body having an outwardly extending support base. An adjustable footrest assembly is supported on the support base between...
Passively deployed small overlap rigid barrier deflector
A front bumper assembly including a bumper beam and two deflectors are provided on right and left sides of the front bumper assembly. The deflectors include...
Multi-zone vehicle radiators
The present disclosure relates to a multiple zone vehicle radiator, including: a housing; a first zone included in the housing; a second zone included in the...