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US-8,981,602 Proximity switch assembly having non-switch contact and method
A proximity switch assembly includes first and second proximity switches comprising first and second proximity sensors and a tactile feature disposed between...
US-8,979,701 Multiple speed transmission
A multiple speed power transmission comprising: an input shaft, an output shaft, a first epicyclic gearing assembly with five rotating members, a second...
US-8,979,160 System and apparatus for providing a secure storage compartment
A storage compartment in a vehicle is covered by closing a vehicle door over the storage compartment. The storage compartment may be disposed in an end cap, the...
US-8,978,946 Roof bar for a motor vehicle
A roof bar (10) for a motor vehicle (1) has an elongate load carrying member (213) and a single elongate stay (214) which are hingedly connected to a roof (5)...
US-8,978,862 Park brake actuator
A park-brake actuator includes a cam including first serrations and an open-ended slot, a piston including second serrations displaceable relative to the cam in...
US-8,978,838 Controllable overrunning coupling
A drive device includes a first one-way coupling including a cam plate, pocket plate and struts, a second one-way coupling including a second cam plate...
US-8,978,456 Brake booster fault diagnostics
Methods and systems for indicating brake booster degradation when braking is suspended may include comparing expected brake booster vacuum with measured brake...
US-8,978,431 Punch and method for piercing holes with a retention structure
A punch including a shearing edge formed on an outer periphery of the punch, a cutting edge formed on the distal end of the punch and at least two ramp surfaces...
US-8,978,378 Method and system for reducing turbocharger noise during cold start
An approach for controlling a turbocharger bypass valve is disclosed. In one example, the turbocharger bypass valve is opened during engine cold start...
US-8,978,368 Exhaust-gas aftertreatment system and method for exhaust-gas aftertreatment
An exhaust-gas aftertreatment system (1) for a motor vehicle having a turbocharged internal combustion engine (2) comprises a large-volume lean NOx trap (5)...
US-8,978,360 Hydrocarbon and NOx trap
A hydrocarbon and NOx trap and related apparatus and methods for reducing cold-start NOx emissions from an engine are provided. In one embodiment a trap...
US-D724,516 Vehicle wheel
US-D724,513 Vehicle wheel
US-D724,494 Vehicle exterior
US-8,977,479 Method and apparatus for determining traffic conditions
A system includes a vehicle processor configured to detect one or more brake presses. The processor is also configured to detect one or more accelerator...
US-8,977,477 Approach for controlling operation of oil injectors
Various embodiments of systems and methods related to controlling oil injection for piston cooling in an engine are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method...
US-8,977,470 Method and system for sampling intake manifold pressure
An engine system and method for improving sampling of a port throttle pressure sensor. In one example, the port throttle pressure sensor is sampled a plurality...
US-8,977,449 Methods and systems for holding a vehicle stopped on a hill
Systems and methods for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, a holding force of a vehicle parked on a hill is adjusted...
US-8,977,417 System and method for controlling a vehicle having a single-wire actuator
A system and method for determining functionality of a single signal wire actuator of a vehicle monitor the signal wire for a heartbeat signal after commanding...
US-8,977,324 Automatic emergency call language provisioning
A computer-implemented method includes receiving coordinates, at a vehicle associated computing system (VACS), corresponding to a vehicle's location. The method...
US-8,975,903 Proximity switch having learned sensitivity and method therefor
A vehicle proximity switch and method are provided having learned sensitivity control. The switch includes a proximity sensor, such as a capacitive sensor,...
US-8,974,394 Device and method for detecting irregular placement of an extracorporeal vascular access needle
A device and method for determining intravascular pressure and irregular needle placement in a hemodialysis procedure include analyzing means for automatically...
US-8,974,346 Method and system to control vehicle operation
Methods and systems are provided for performing a multiple gear downshift of a transmission gear by transiently operating in an intermediate gear. In response...
US-8,974,161 Removable bull ring with rotating attachment plate
A bull ring for a vehicle comprises a top plate coupled to a rotating plate having a tie-down. Two opposing rail flanges extend from the rotating plate and a...
US-8,973,999 Reclining vehicle seat with actuator and motor
A reclining seat for a vehicle includes a seat and a seat back pivotally coupled to the seat. The reclining seat also includes an actuator for adjusting the...
US-8,973,966 Seating arrangement for a passenger vehicle
A seating assembly for a vehicle includes a stepped floor that has an upper portion and a lower portion. A front seat is disposed on the lower portion. A rear...
US-8,973,942 Active bolster with integrated vent
An active bolster mounts at an interior trim surface of a passenger compartment in an automotive vehicle. A plastic-molded, expandable front wall deploys toward...
US-8,973,931 Wheel strut for vehicle suspension
A vehicle suspension wheel strut, includes a first bushing; a wheel carrier journaled onto the first bushing; a first bracket at a first end of the first...
US-8,973,809 Bonding of roof panels
A method for attaching a roof panel to a roof rail of a vehicle bodyside frame, wherein the roof rail prohibiting access to an underside of an area at which the...
US-8,973,558 Method and system for fuel vapor control
Methods and systems are provided for monitoring a fuel vapor recovery system including a fuel tank isolation valve coupled between a fuel tank and a canister....
US-8,972,152 Method and system for inhibiting engine idle stop based on operating conditions
Methods and systems are provided for controlling the automatic shutdown of an idling vehicle engine. When the vehicle is parked in an enclosed space, the idling...
US-8,972,109 Rotatable driver interface for trailer backup assist
A trailer backup steering input apparatus is coupled to a vehicle. The trailer backup steering input apparatus comprises a rotatable control element (e.g., a...
US-8,972,106 Systems and methods for scheduling driver interface tasks based on driver workload
A vehicle's dynamic handling state, driver inputs to the vehicle, driver physiological condition, etc. may be examined to determine one or more measures of...
US-8,972,103 Method of building and using local map of vehicle drive path
An automotive vehicle mapping system is disclosed. The mapping system includes an on-vehicle electronic storage device, a GPS receiver, and an electronic...
US-8,972,098 Methods and apparatus for lost connection handling
A computer-implemented method, executable by a vehicle computing system (VCS), includes determining that a connection between a wireless device and a VCS has...
US-8,972,091 Reduced central processing unit load and memory usage battery state of charge calculation
A vehicle having a battery pack with cells grouped into subsets and at least one controller programmed to charge and discharge the battery pack is disclosed. A...
US-8,972,081 Remote operator assistance for one or more user commands in a vehicle
Various embodiments relate to remote operator assistance for one or more user commands at a vehicle. The operator assistance may occur via a vehicle computing...
US-8,968,960 Reversal tolerant membrane electrode assembly for a fuel cell
Ruthenium or a Ruthenium compound is applied to an anode structure according to a predetermined pattern, with only part of the anode active area containing Ru....
US-8,968,942 Metal oxygen battery containing oxygen storage materials
A battery system includes a metal oxygen battery. The metal oxygen battery includes a first electrode and a second electrode. The second electrode includes a...
US-8,968,912 Method and apparatus for manufacturing a battery for a vehicle
A battery module assembly and method of assembling a battery. The battery module assembly includes a plurality of modules in which a plurality of battery cells...
US-8,968,153 Method of operating a transmission
A method of controlling a launch clutch during an engine restart event commands a positive torque capacity before the engine reaches idle speed. Early...
US-8,968,151 Method and system for controlling driveline lash in a hybrid vehicle
A vehicle has an engine, an upstream clutch, an electric machine, a downstream clutch, a transmission gearbox, and a controller. The controller is configured...
US-8,968,144 Multi-speed transmission
A transmission gearing arrangement includes four simple planetary gear sets arranged in two planes to reduce axial length. Six shift elements, including two...
US-8,968,142 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-8,967,701 Integrated shotgun rail deflector
A shotgun rail, or deflector, is provided as part of a front end structure of a vehicle. The shotgun rail includes a triangular shaped bulkhead having a front...
US-8,967,662 Vehicle roof support structure including side curtain air bags
A roof rail assembly for a vehicle that includes a body side outer and an interior trim piece connected to the body side outer. The body side outer and the...
US-8,967,128 Multiple layer bypass hydrocarbon trap
An air induction system for an engine includes an air filter box configured to receive an air filter that separates the air filter box into an atmosphere side...
US-8,967,116 Methods and systems for a throttle turbine generator
Various systems and methods for an engine system which includes a throttle turbine generator having a turbine which drives an auxiliary generator and disposed...
US-8,967,109 Component catch for crash robustness
Systems are disclosed to restrain movement of engine components in the event of a collision. A system may comprise an upper intake manifold; a cam cover; a...
US-8,966,971 Vehicle engine with fluid measuring system
The present disclosure relates to a fluid measuring system for use in a vehicle engine. The engine includes a fluid return channel through which a tube is...
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