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US-9,068,617 Pendulum-absorber brake
A crankshaft comprising a cheek, a torsion-absorbing pendulum pivotally coupled to the cheek, and a rotational speed actuated brake to oppose motion of the...
US-9,068,548 Spark plug degradation detection
Methods and systems are provided for identifying and indicating degradation of an engine cylinder spark plug. In response to a cylinder misfire event during...
US-9,068,546 Methods and systems for engine cranking
Systems and methods for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, an engine may be started in one of two ways depending on...
US-9,068,537 Intake system including remotely located filter assemblies and method for operation of an intake system
An intake system for an engine including a first air filter assembly in fluidic communication with an intake manifold and a second air filter assembly spaced...
US-9,068,534 Compressed natural gas pressure regulator protective bracket
A protective bracket for a compressed natural gas pressure regulator mounted in an engine compartment of a motor vehicle is disclosed. The compressed natural...
US-9,068,522 Method for diagnosing an engine
A method for operating an engine in response to a waste gate position is presented. In one example, the method adjusts an actuator to reduce the possibility of...
US-9,068,501 Branch communication valve for a twin scroll turbocharger
Methods and systems are provided for a branch communication valve in a twin turbocharger system. A branch communication valve may be positioned adjacent to a...
US-9,068,500 Boosted in-line variable-displacement engine
An engine includes a first turbine fluidically coupled to a first group of adjacent cylinders, and a second turbine fluidically coupled to a second group of...
US-9,068,497 Oil supply system for an engine
An oil supply system for a reciprocating piston internal combustion engine is disclosed in which the supply of oil to piston cooling jets is controlled by...
US-9,068,496 System for cooling an engine block cylinder bore bridge
An engine is provided with an open deck cylinder block having an open water jacket that surrounds a plurality of cylinders that are joined together in a Siamese...
US-9,068,492 Motor vehicle on-board diagnostics to distinguish degradation from tampering
A method for responding to conditions detected in an on-board diagnostic unit of a motor vehicle and signaling degradation of a component of the motor vehicle....
US-9,068,491 SCR catalyst diagnostics
In one embodiment, a method for an engine comprises operating the engine with an upstream exhaust sensor, intermediate exhaust sensor, and downstream exhaust...
US-9,068,486 Crankcase integrity breach detection
Methods and systems are provided for using a crankcase vent tube pressure or flow sensor for diagnosing a location and nature of crankcase system integrity...
US-9,068,477 Valve system
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...
US-9,067,784 Hydrogen storage material and method of using the same
In one embodiment, a method of using hydrogen includes forming a crystalline solid mixture of a metal halide M.sup.2(H.sub.L).sub.y with a metal borohydride...
US-9,067,626 Vehicle with segmented rear hatch
A vehicle includes a rear hatch opening and a segmented hatch that is moveably connected to the vehicle structure. A lid is moveably connected to the upper...
US-9,067,600 Engine speed control apparatus and method for a hybrid vehicle
A vehicle powertrain system has an engine, a damper and an electric machine configured to be selectively mechanically coupled with the engine via damper. The...
US-9,067,595 Hybrid vehicle control when towing
A method for controlling a hybrid vehicle having an engine includes automatically stopping the engine in response to vehicle power demand dropping below...
US-9,067,594 Methods and systems for hybrid driveline control
Systems and methods for operating and hybrid driveline are presented. In one example, driver demand torque may be supplied to vehicle wheels via a hydraulic...
US-9,067,589 Hybrid powertrain mode determination based on spatial domain route segmentation
A vehicle includes a powertrain having an engine and an electric machine, and a battery configured to power the electric machine. The vehicle further includes a...
US-9,067,587 Torque based energy management in hybrid vehicle
A system and method for controlling a powertrain in a hybrid vehicle having an engine and a traction motor include commanding the engine to provide an engine...
US-9,067,566 Active bolster for pedestrian protection
A vehicle instrument panel has a pedestrian protection zone along a forward side. The instrument panel generally has a low stiffness that avoids impact forces...
US-9,067,557 Active bolster with heat-staked reinforcement
An active bolster for an interior trim surface of a vehicle has a trim panel with a closed-loop bonding section on an inside surface. A first stud extending...
US-9,067,555 Side impact vehicle restraint deployment
A vehicle system includes at least one sensor configured to detect an impact and a restraint device configured to deploy in response to the impact. A processing...
US-9,067,553 Vehicle fascia integrated pushers
A vehicle includes a fascia, a bumper beam, and a sensor including a pressure chamber disposed between and along the fascia and bumper beam. The vehicle further...
US-9,067,552 Adaptive energy absorber for a vehicle
An energy absorption system, comprises a vehicle bumper. An energy absorption member is attached to the bumper, the energy absorption member comprising a first...
US-9,067,549 Collision deflector assembly
A vehicle frame is provided having a frame. The frame includes a main rail and a lateral rail. A bracket is operably coupled to the main rail. The vehicle frame...
US-9,067,504 Perturbative injection for battery parameter identification
A battery system includes a traction battery and at least one controller that implement a model of the traction battery. The system may monitor current input...
US-9,067,486 Air cooling system for high voltage battery cell arrays
A vehicle is provided including a battery module with front and rear battery cell arrays arranged generally parallel to and spaced apart from one another. The...
US-D733,344 Vehicle headlamp
US-9,066,298 Method and apparatus for an alert strategy between modules
A telematics control unit comprising a transceiver configured to receive a message from a vehicle module during a sleep mode, the message requesting the...
US-9,065,447 Proximity switch assembly and method having adaptive time delay
A proximity switch assembly and method for detecting activation of the proximity switch assembly is provided. The assembly includes a plurality of proximity...
US-9,065,362 Determination of hysteresis controller band for IPMSM-based drive system
Methods of providing a control band for a hysteresis controller are presented. A method can determine a control band analytically to avoid the time and costs...
US-9,065,157 System and method for reducing thermal conditions during wireless charging
A method is provided for reducing unsafe thermal conditions in an inductive charging system within a vehicle. The method includes inductively charging a...
US-9,064,101 Methods and systems for authenticating one or more users of a vehicle communications and information system
In at least one embodiment, a system for authorizing use of a vehicle communication and information system may include one or more data processors configured to...
US-9,062,782 Hydraulic gain of transmission control elements
A system controlling gain in a control element includes a source of line pressure, a source of signal pressure, a control valve that controls communication...
US-9,062,755 Planetary gear assembly
A transmission planetary gear assembly, having: a carrier housing with axial orifice; a pinion shaft fitted through the axial orifice; a first fastener...
US-9,062,671 Method and device for controlling a vacuum apparatus
Method and device for controlling a vacuum apparatus. A method for controlling a vacuum apparatus that applies vacuum to a vacuum accumulator with a pump of a...
US-9,062,618 System and method for controlling an automatic stop-start engine system in an automotive vehicle having an...
A system and method for controlling an automatic stop-start system of an automotive vehicle is disclosed. The system monitors the status of the parking brake to...
US-9,062,614 Engine response adjustment
Methods and systems are provided for adjusting an engine output delivered in response to an operator pedal actuation based at least on a grade of vehicle...
US-9,061,725 Trike convertible for use as seat assembly of a vehicle
A trike includes a bottom and a back being moveable to a deployed position for supporting a driver and a stowed position for use as a seat assembly in a...
US-9,061,707 Extruded fender attachment bracket
A mounting bracket mounts a distal end of a body panel to an adjacent distal end of a structural frame member of a motor vehicle. The mounting bracket comprises...
US-9,061,686 Road grade estimation for a trailered vehicle
A vehicle control method includes, among other things, recording a towing vehicle road grade for a fixed road position when a towing vehicle tows a trailered...
US-9,061,643 Active bolster with interlocking gas barrier
An active bolster for an automotive vehicle has a plastic-molded outer trim panel with a closed-loop welding section. A plastic-molded expandable bladder member...
US-9,061,629 Apparatus and method for automatically validating a trailer connection
An apparatus for validating a connection between a vehicle and a trailer is provided. The apparatus comprising a controller configured to detect an object...
US-9,061,616 Articulating headrest assembly
A vehicle seating assembly includes a seatback, a headrest, and a support structure that extends between the headrest and the seatback. The support structure...
US-9,061,598 Method and system for providing charging cord reminder and fault override for plug-in electric vehicles
An operation includes disabling a vehicle from moving while connection status of the vehicle with external charging infrastructure is unknown. A message is...
US-9,061,563 Vehicle having a transverse leaf spring wheel suspension
The invention relates to a wheel suspension for a vehicle, in particular a motor vehicle, having a transverse leaf spring arranged transversely relative to a...
US-9,061,460 Skin-covered articles with reaction injection molded foam layer
A composite article is formed with a reaction-injection mold (RIM) foam layer between a substrate and a flexible skin in a RIM tool having at least one...
US-9,061,244 System for reducing NOx in exhaust
A system and method for NOx reduction is described, with a catalytic unit including a first zeolite catalyst with a first NOx conversion performance in a first...
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