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Pressurized air variable compression ratio engine system
A system for controlling a variable compression ratio in an engine is provided. The system includes a cylinder, an outer piston located inside the cylinder, the...
Noise attenuating device for a heating-ventilation-cooling system of a
A system and method for reducing noise in an automotive heating, ventilation, and cooling system is described. A noise attenuation device using radial vanes...
Fuel-based injection control
Systems and methods of operating an engine, the engine including an injector configured to directly inject fuel into an engine cylinder. One example method...
Method for adjusting engine air-fuel ratio
A method for adjusting an air-fuel ratio of an engine is disclosed. In one example, the engine air-fuel ratio is adjusted in response to a duty cycle and...
Boosted engine control responsive to driver selected performance
Various systems and methods are described for operating an engine in a vehicle in response to a driver performance/economy mode. One example method comprises...
Cascade control of HCCI phasing
The present invention relates to an internal combustion engine that can be operated in a homogeneous charge combustion mode as well as a method and a computer...
Trailer oscillation detection and compensation method for a vehicle and
A system and method of controlling a vehicle with a trailer comprises determining the presence of a trailer, generating an oscillation signal indicative of...
Method and system for electronically operating a vehicle occupant seat
safety restraint system
An electrically activated, electronically controlled web grabber in conjunction with a pre-impact braking system that holds the vehicle safety belt from the...
Method for detecting rollover of an automotive vehicle based on a lateral
kinetic energy rate threshold
A method for rollover sensing (12) that may be used in the determination of when to deploy restraints in a vehicle is disclosed herein. The method for rollover...
Methods and systems for engine start control
Methods and systems are provided for starting an engine in a vehicle. In one example, two or more energy storage devices are coupled in series to improve engine...
Method and device for controlling an automatic transmission
The invention relates to a method for controlling an automatic transmission having a torque converter, with the transmission having three gear sets and with the...
Methods and systems for heating transmission fluid
Systems and methods are provided for heating transmission fluid in a vehicle, the vehicle comprising an engine and a transmission, the engine including a heat...
Concealed interior lighting for automobiles
A lighting arrangement for the interior of an automotive vehicle in which the light source, such as an LED, is recessed into the interior structure of the...
Multiple tube body side construction for automobiles
A body side construction for an automotive vehicle is formed from multiple tubular members arranged to maximize the strength of the body side members while...
Lash control in a transmission coupler
A releasable drive connection includes a ring including teeth angularly spaced about an axis, and grooves, each groove formed in an axial end of the ring and...
Fuel injector interface and diagnostics
A method comprising receiving a fuel injection signal from a first driver circuit via a control line, feeding the fuel injection signal to a second fuel...
Method and system for providing air to an engine
Systems and methods for supplying air to an engine are disclosed. In one example, an air inlet throttle is at least partially closed in response to a change in...
Hydrocarbon retaining and purging system
Methods and systems are provided for operating an engine having a hydrocarbon retaining system and an emission control device coupled to an engine exhaust, the...
System and method to improve engine emissions for a dual fuel engine
A system and method for improving emissions of an engine capable of combusting a multi-component fuel comprised of two or more fuels is presented. According to...
Software architecture for developing in-vehicle software applications
According to one embodiment of the present invention, a software architecture encoded on a computer readable medium is disclosed. The software architecture can...
Load-sensing systems for light-duty trucks
Systems are provided to avoid overloading a truck's bed and/or overloading a truck's towing capacity. Systems are also provided to detect and alert drivers of...
Vehicle and method for managing power limits for a battery
A method for managing power limits for a battery includes the step of increasing a minimum operating state of charge after an initial power capability has...
Fuel cell system and method of using the same
In at least one embodiment, a fuel cell anode exhaust system includes a fuel cell anode having an input and an output. The system also includes a first conduit...
Hydrogen recirculation system using integrated motor generator energy
A system for delivering a supply fluid stream to a fuel cell stack that discharges an unused fluid stream is provided. A fuel supply is adapted to provide a...
Brake assisted control of an engine restart event
A method for restarting an engine of a vehicle includes engaging a gear of a transmission that driveably connects the engine and wheels of the vehicle;...
Vehicular trim panel with storage and interfacing of electronic devices
An interior system of a vehicle includes an instrument panel substrate having a driver side, a passenger side, and a center section between the driver and...
Dynamic displacement anchorage 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...
Method and system for pre-ignition control
Methods and systems are provided to address engine pre-ignition. One or more cylinders are alternately rich and lean operated for a duration to reduce engine...
Voltage control of a locking differential
A method for controlling a locking differential includes determining a temperature-dependent reference voltage at which a coil locks the differentia,...
Lift-off door hinge
A vehicle door attachment unit for rotatably and detachably coupling a vehicle door to a vehicle body. The unit may include a bodyside bracket mountable to the...
System and method for electronically power assisted steering
A system and method for controlling a vehicle steering system, comprising receiving at least one signal corresponding to one or more of a lateral acceleration,...
System and method for factory key code display with an automotive keyless
A system and method for providing keypad information to a user for a keypad coupled to an exterior portion of the vehicle is provided. The method includes...
Molded assembly having a reduced tendency to squeak and a method of
manufacturing the assembly
The invention relates to a molded assembly having reduced squeaking and rattling. The molded assembly includes a first component of a vehicle that has a first...
Vehicle front-end upper load path assembly
A structure for transferring energy during an automotive front end impact includes an upper load path structure having a first shotgun rail a second shotgun...
Integral pelvic impact energy-absorbing pre-crush protective construction
for vehicle door
A door trim substrate having a construction which includes, in combination, an energy-absorbing pre-crush protective portion and a pelvic bolster portion is...
Energy management system and method for hybrid electric vehicles
An energy management system includes a first energy source having a first well-to-wheels greenhouse gas emissions content, a second energy source having a...
Onboard fire suppression system with nozzles having pressure-configurable
An automotive vehicle includes a vehicle body and at least one reservoir containing a fire suppressant agent. A distribution system receives the fire...
Fuel filler closure device for automotive vehicle
A fuel filler closure device for an automotive vehicle includes a valve body adapted for mounting to a fuel filler pipe and having a filler passage. An access...
Fuel preheat for engine start
Systems and methods for providing heated fuel to a fuel injector of an engine are provided. According to the approaches described herein, adequate cold-start...
A method of manufacturing and assembling a carbon canister for a fuel vapor management system of a vehicle includes injection molding a housing partially...
Fuel control for direct injection fuel system
A method for controlling a direct injection fuel system of a vehicle, the method comprising generating fuel pressure via an electronically controlled lift pump...
Bearing system for automotive engine
The bearing system for an automotive engine includes a first bearing support structure formed in a cylinder block bulkhead and having a first bearing insert. A...
System and method for controlling a vehicle engine
Systems and methods to control an engine configured to drive a compressor of a vehicle air conditioning system having a desired temperature are provided. A time...
Adaptive learning system and method of vane position for a variable
A method of operation for an engine system having a variable geometry turbocharger with a vane is disclosed. In one example, an EGR valve is closed while vane...
Fuel efficient hydraulic power steering
A hydraulic power steering system that maintains proportional pressure control between an input side of a gear and assist pressures internal to the steering...
System and method for monitoring particulate filter performance
In an apparatus having an internal combustion engine, an exhaust system for transporting engine exhaust from the engine is described. In one example, a...
Coordination of variable cam timing and variable displacement engine
Systems and methods are provided for operating an internal combustion engine including a variable cam timing (VCT) mechanism in cooperation with a plurality of...
Systems and methods for decoupling steering rack force disturbances in
A system for decoupling steering rack force disturbances in electric steering may comprise a steering wheel angle sensor, a yaw rate sensor, a lateral...
Control strategy for multi-mode vehicle propulsion system
A method for controlling a vehicle operation in the transmission lash region. One method includes transitioning a combustion mode of a cylinder, and varying a...
Control of a dry, dual-clutch transmission during an engine restart of a
hybrid electric vehicle
A method for controlling an engine restart in a hybrid electric powertrain, including the steps of stopping the engine, using an electric power source and an...