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Online vehicle maintenance
A system includes a vehicle controller having a processor and in communication with a communications device and vehicle display, the controller configured to...
Methods and systems for a hybrid vehicle
Systems and methods for learning torque estimate errors and updating torque estimation models are presented. In one example, torque errors are learned during an...
Methods and systems for driveline mode transitions
Systems and methods for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, a method for transitioning between regenerative braking and...
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...
System and method for balancing a storage battery for an automotive
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....
System and method for programming keys to vehicle to establish primary and
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...
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...
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...
A transmission gearing arrangement produces nine forward speed ratios and one reverse speed ratio by selective engagement of three shift elements in various...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Vehicle support frames with interlocking features for joining members of
The present disclosure relates to methods of manufacturing vehicle frame assemblies. Some of the disclosed methods include forming a key and receptor...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Systems and methods for scheduling driver interface tasks based on driver
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...