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Method and device for autonomous braking of a vehicle following collision
A method of controlling a vehicle braking system, includes: (i) detecting whether a collision has occurred; (ii) detecting whether a predetermined condition...
Method and device for providing braking assistance in a motor vehicle
after an initial collision
A method and system for providing braking assistance in a motor vehicle after an initial collision involves detecting an initial collision, pre-charging a brake...
System to remotely unlatch a pickup box tailgate
A pickup truck includes a tailgate that is movable between open and closed positions. A powered latch provides for remote release of the latches of the...
User override for electric-only operation of a hybrid vehicle
A vehicle and a method of controlling the vehicle are provided. The vehicle controller is configured to (i) in response to the user interface receiving input...
Hybrid vehicle control utilizing grade data
A method of controlling a hybrid vehicle having a step ratio transmission is disclosed. The method utilizes terrain data to reduce the number of shift events....
Method and system for emergency call arbitration
A method of call arbitration includes connecting a vehicle computing system to a remote phone system. The vehicle computing system is used to transmit a...
Method and system for emergency call handling
A vehicle communication system includes a computer processor in communication with persistent and non-persistent memory. The system also includes a local...
Lighting device and method of transitioning color outputs
A vehicle lighting device and method of transitioning color output by a vehicle lighting device are provided. The method includes activating the lighting device...
Brushless motor system for a vehicle fuel pump
A rotor for a brushless motor is resistant to degradation in alternative fuels and has desirable magnetic properties. A stator for a brushless DC motor includes...
Vehicle headliner attachment system
A vehicle headliner attachment system includes a moonroof assembly having a peripheral structure surrounding at least one glass panel. A headliner has an upper...
Liftgate hinge reinforcement
A reinforcement assembly for a liftgate system includes vertical and horizontal portions. The horizontal portion includes a protuberant portion that includes a...
Vehicle suspension support structure
A vehicle suspension support structure including a lower arm (17) formed by, for example, a lower arm 17 rotatably supporting a knuckle for a front wheel, and a...
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 to improve fuel vaporization of a...
System and method for compensating cetane
Methods and systems for adjusting a plurality of fuel injections supplied to a cylinder during a cycle of the cylinder are described. In one example, fuel...
Engine position identification
A method for starting an internal combustion engine, the method comprising identifying cylinder stroke during the engine start responsive to a fuel rail pressure.
High-throughput modular hydrogen storage engineering properties analyzer
A cover, sample tray and base may form a hydrogen storage engineering properties analyzer. In at least one embodiment, the sample tray includes a plurality of...
Tire cornering power on-board estimation and monitoring using steering
A tire cornering power estimation and monitoring system may include a steering torque sensor, a steering wheel angle sensor, a yaw rate sensor, a lateral...
Flotation device safety light switch
A safety device for attachment to a flotation device is disclosed comprising a light source, a housing, an actuator mounted within the housing and slideable...
Environmentally friendly reactive fixture to allow localized surface
engineering for improved adhesion to...
The present invention provides a method of increasing the surface energy of an article having a polymeric surface increasing the relative amount of nitrogen...
Knee bolster bracket
A knee bolster assembly having a vehicle frame structure, a bracket structure having a base portion and two contoured side wall portions that extend from the...
Ignition energy control for mixed fuel engine
A method of operating an engine including varying a level of ignition energy provided to the engine during an engine start is provided. For example, the...
Engine with cylinder head cooling
A cylinder head for an engine is provided. The cylinder head may include an upper cooling jacket including at least a first inlet and a first outlet and a lower...
Approach for controlling a vehicle engine that includes an electric
A method of operating a vehicle including an engine is provided. The engine may include at least one cylinder, a boosting device to boost intake air to the at...
Engine speed control for an engine in a hybrid electric vehicle powertrain
for improved noise, vibration and...
A control strategy is disclosed for regulating speed of an engine in a hybrid electric vehicle powertrain that includes an electric motor and gearing. An...
Vision-based headlamp aiming
A method for accurately aiming vehicle headlamps, with apparatus for practicing the method. A vision system, including a digital camera, is positioned in front...
Method and apparatus for generating vehicle vibration to alert vehicle
user of warning
A drive torque modulation is generated in response to an unintentional lane departure or traffic/obstacle intervention in an electric vehicle or a...
Apparatus and method for managing fluids in a fuel cell stack
A plurality of flow field plate assemblies forms a fuel cell stack. Each flow field plate assembly has a first flow field plate positionable on an anode side of...
Fuel cell with selectively conducting anode component
By incorporating a selectively conducting component in electrical series with the anode components in a solid polymer fuel cell, degradation during startup and...
Hybrid electric vehicle hold function
A vehicle powertrain with engine start-stop characteristics is capable of maintaining a vehicle stationary on a roadway with a gradient when wheel brakes are...
Inlet swirl control for turbochargers
An inlet duct, an induction system, and a system are disclosed for directing an inlet flow into an inlet compressor for use in an internal combustion engine. An...
Protective wheel chock for transporting motor vehicle
A protective chock for use when transporting a vehicle having a wheel and a flexible underbody component, such as an air dam or skirt, adjacent the wheel. The...
Road wheel ornament
A road wheel includes an outboard surface; an ornament configured to attach to the outboard surface; a post formed with the ornament, configured to fasten to...
Dynamic displacement energy management device
A dynamic energy management restraint anchor device interfaces with a child seat in a vehicle, engaging common child seat attachment clip features. A device...
Hood latch and striker system for pedestrian protection
A system for releasing and lifting an automobile hood includes a sensor located proximate a front location of an automobile that detects impact with an object....
Oil system for an engine
A system for an internal combustion engine is provided. The system includes an oil pan, a pick up tube; and a spacer. The spacer is positioned vertically above...
A valve system for providing closing force to one or more valves of an engine is provided. In one example, the system comprises a first tappet bore in fluid...
Multi-stroke hybrid propulsion system
A hybrid propulsion system for a vehicle and method of operation are described. In one example, the engine may operate in a two stroke cycle to provide...
Dual-chamber impact detector
An impact detection system has two chambers disposed adjacent to one another. The two chambers have opposing tapered shapes, so that an impact anywhere along...
Forward collision warning system with road-side target filtering
A method of filtering/rejecting targets detected by a forward collision warning system of a motor vehicle when entering a curved road segment. The width of a...
System for vehicle control to mitigate intersection collisions and method
of using the same
A control system and method to mitigate intersection crashes is disclosed. In one embodiment, the system includes an electronic control module equipped with...
System and method for controlling an entertainment device in a vehicle
based on driver status and a...
In at least one embodiment, an apparatus and a method for transmitting at least one of an audio signal and a video signal based on driver status and an...
Ambient temperature estimation
A method for predicting an ambient temperature around a moving motor vehicle includes utilizing measured ambient temperatures and Newton's Cooling Law. A linear...
Method and apparatus for communication between a vehicle based computing
system and a remote application
A vehicle-based computing apparatus includes a computer processor in communication with persistent and non-persistent memory. The apparatus also includes a...
System and method for controlling one or more vehicle features based on
In at least one embodiment, a device for controlling one or more vehicle features for a primary driver and a secondary driver is provided. The device comprises...
Proximity sensor with enhanced activation
A vehicle component is provided that includes a console surface, at least one circuit board proximate the console surface, and an array of proximity sensors...
Variable voltage converter (VVC) with integrated battery charger
A variable voltage converter (VVC) is configured to provide bidirectional voltage boost and buck from an input side to an output side. A VVC can include a...
Foamed resin injection molding method
An injection molding apparatus and method are provided. The method includes a molded cavity coupled to a resin injection apparatus which injects molten resin...
Methods and systems for assisted direct start control
Methods and systems are provided for reducing audible clunks and objectionable drive feel in vehicles including start/stop systems. In one example, a vehicle...