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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...
US-8,903,620 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...
US-8,903,618 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...
US-8,903,605 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...
US-8,903,579 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...
US-8,903,578 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....
US-8,903,354 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...
US-8,903,351 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...
US-8,901,844 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...
US-8,901,797 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...
US-8,899,671 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...
US-8,899,658 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...
US-8,899,602 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...
US-8,899,212 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...
US-8,899,209 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...
US-8,899,203 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.
US-8,899,096 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...
US-D718,696 Vehicle wheel
US-D718,689 Vehicle mirror
US-8,589,025 Tire cornering power on-board estimation and monitoring using steering moment
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...
US-8,586,888 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...
US-8,586,149 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...
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