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US-8,924,061 Methods and systems for launching a vehicle
Systems and methods for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, an engine is started and idled before engine torque is required...
US-8,924,056 System and method for balancing a storage battery for an automotive vehicle
A system and method is provided for balancing a storage battery for an automotive vehicle. The battery is of the type including a plurality of storage cells....
US-8,922,357 System and method for programming keys to vehicle to establish primary and secondary drivers
In at least one embodiment, a method for programming keys to a vehicle to establish primary keys and secondary keys to control vehicle functionality is...
US-8,922,340 Proximity switch based door latch release
A vehicle door latch assembly includes a first proximity sensor on a first side of a door handle and a second proximity sensor on a second side of the door...
US-8,920,984 System and method for purging water from a fuel cell stack
A system for delivering an input fuel stream to a fuel cell stack to generate electrical current and to discharge an unused fuel stream is provided. A supply...
US-8,920,280 Multi-speed transmission
A transmission gearing arrangement produces nine forward speed ratios and one reverse speed ratio by selective engagement of three shift elements in various...
US-8,920,218 Resistance spot weld electrode dresser
An electrode dresser is provided. The electrode dresser includes a face cutting segment having a top surface and a face rake surface. The top surface intersects...
US-8,919,866 Roof panel to side-pillar hydroformed reinforcement for vehicles
A side-support structure mounted over an upper side portion of a vehicle includes an upper horizontal portion attached to a portion of the roof of the vehicle....
US-8,919,853 Integrated step and grab-handle system for tailgates
A deployable step and handle system for a tailgate. The handle is used to secure the deployable step in the stowed position that eliminates the need for a...
US-8,919,520 Transmission with durability enhancement techniques
The present disclosure relates to durability enhancement techniques for a dry-clutch vehicle transmission. A cooling system that provides a direct convective...
US-8,919,329 PCV system having internal routing
A positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) system is provided herein. The PCV system includes an engine assembly, the engine assembly including an engine block, a...
US-8,919,325 Method and system for engine control
Methods and systems are provided for fuel systems including a gaseous fuel. Fuel rail over-pressure may be addressed by temporarily closing a fuel tank valve of...
US-8,919,312 Impact dampening tappet
A valve assembly is provided herein. The valve assembly may include a valve stem coupled to a coil spring and an impact dampening tappet partially enclosing the...
US-8,919,301 Cylinder block assembly
A cylinder block including a cylinder and two crankshaft supports at a bottom of the cylinder block is described. The cylinder block may be coupled to a...
US-8,919,119 Sliding vane geometry turbines
Various systems and methods are described for a variable geometry turbine. In one example, a turbine nozzle comprises a central axis and a nozzle vane. The...
US-8,919,097 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...
US-8,918,994 Balancing a pendulum-absorber crankshaft
A method of balancing a crankshaft includes connecting a torsion-absorbing pendulum to a cheek of the crankshaft, which is coupled to a crankpin. As the...
US-D720,270 Vehicle wheel
US-8,918,253 Ride performance optimization in an active suspension system
An active vehicle suspension system includes an active damping mechanism operatively coupled to a vehicle wheel and configured for controlling a damping force...
US-8,918,242 Apparatus, methods and systems for testing connected services in a vehicle
Various embodiments include tools and methods for diagnosing connected services in a vehicle. Communication with a vehicle computing system in a vehicle may be...
US-8,916,313 Fuel cell
A fuel cell includes a catalyst layer, a corrugated plate forming a plurality of channels that define a flow field in fluid communication with the catalyst...
US-8,915,530 Vehicle support frames with interlocking features for joining members of dissimilar materials
The present disclosure relates to methods of manufacturing vehicle frame assemblies. Some of the disclosed methods include forming a key and receptor...
US-8,915,082 Regenerative assisted turbocharger system
An engine is described having an engine control unit and two or more hydraulically operated wheels, wherein a fluid is flowed from an accumulator to the engine...
US-8,915,070 Hydrocarbon retaining and purging system for flex-fuel combustion engine
Systems, methods, and computer readable storage media are described in which exhaust gas is routed to a hydrocarbon retaining device during starting, and purged...
US-8,915,065 Particulate filter regeneration
In one example, a method of operating an engine having a diesel particulate filter in a vehicle, the particulate filter having a length and depth, includes...
US-8,914,216 Engine power quantization function selection
A vehicle having and engine and traction battery and a method of operating an engine are disclosed. A controller operates the engine according to quantized...
US-8,914,195 Power on demand steering wheel angle sensor
A system for powering a steering angle sensor coupled to a steering wheel and a controller comprising a switch, coupled to the sensor and the controller. The...
US-8,914,192 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-8,911,324 Method and apparatus for limiting engine torque to protect disconnect clutch in a hybrid vehicle
A powertrain comprising an engine, a motor, a disconnect clutch connected between the engine and the motor, and a transmission. The transmission is connected to...
US-8,910,990 Device dock
A portable electronic device dock includes a storage unit and a lid, wherein the lid is adapted to clamp a portable electronic device between a portion of the...
US-8,910,986 Bonded and rotatable vehicle sensor assembly
An automotive vehicle fascia assembly is provided. The fascia assembly includes a bumper cover and an impact sensor assembly attached to, without mechanically...
US-8,910,971 Rotatable airbag module mounting mechanism
An apparatus includes a mount assembly configured to rotatably couple to a vehicle beam and configured to support an airbag module. The apparatus further...
US-8,910,962 Vehicle suspension transverse link
A vehicle suspension transverse link, including a bearing journal assembly having a pin-shaped portion and an anchor portion that attaches to a connecting point...
US-8,910,470 Exhaust system having a flow rotation element and method for operation of an exhaust system
An exhaust system in an engine is provided. The exhaust system includes an exhaust manifold include at least one exhaust runner having an inlet and a flow...
US-D719,689 Vehicle headlight
US-8,909,426 Trailer path curvature control for trailer backup assist
A vehicle has a trailer backup steering input apparatus, a trailer backup assist control module coupled to the a trailer backup steering input apparatus, and an...
US-8,909,410 Smart vehicle sensor
Various systems and methods are described for controlling operation of a motor vehicle based on a sensor. One example method comprises receiving sensed...
US-8,909,404 Information display system and method
A user interface for conveying tips on driving behaviors or vehicle settings that will improve vehicle efficiency may be provided. The tips may be listed on an...
US-8,909,212 Method and apparatus for disclaimer presentation and confirmation
A system includes a processor configured to select a message. The processor is also configured to determine if a phone is wirelessly connected to a vehicle...
US-8,907,776 Method and apparatus for do not disturb message delivery
A computer implemented method includes detecting a vehicle state for which a user is to be notified. The method also includes sending a notification for a user...
US-8,907,620 Providing a charging event for a vehicle battery
A method for providing a battery charging event comprises a plurality of operations. An operation is performed for inhibiting a first battery load from drawing...
US-8,907,604 PWM frequency pattern optimization for NVH
An optimized pseudo-random period pattern can reduce audible noise in a system that includes an inverter circuit configured to provide power to an electric...
US-8,905,896 Methods and systems for assisted direct start control
Methods and systems are provided for controlling a vehicle system including a selectively shut-down engine, a torque converter and a torque converter lock-up...
US-8,905,482 Hidden rear seat head restraints for improved visibility
A seat assembly including a head restraint for a vehicle seat that can be raised and lowered depending on the presence or absence of a seat occupant is...
US-8,905,433 Bag-in-bag safety restraint with directional inflation
An air bag system deploys from within a structural element of a vehicle. A main bag is configured for storage in a folded condition in an internal region behind...
US-8,905,431 Side airbag assembly for a vehicle seat
A vehicle seat includes a seatback having a support structure with a rigid frame member that extends within a side of the support structure. A side airbag...
US-8,904,978 Variable cam timing system and method
A method for operation of an engine is provided. The method includes operating an engine with independent variable intake and exhaust valve timing with an...
US-8,904,787 Fixed rate EGR system
A method is provided for controlling EGR flow in turbocharged engine. The method comprises operating a low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation (LP-EGR) system at...
US-D719,076 Vehicle wheel
US-8,903,630 Method and system for engine control
Methods and systems are provided for fuel systems including a gaseous fuel. Temporary flow restrictions in the fuel line of a first gaseous fuel may be...
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