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US-8,180,547 Telematics system and method for traction reporting and control in a vehicle
In one embodiment, a system and method are provided for detecting a slip condition between a vehicle tire and a road surface, processing contemporaneous vehicle...
US-8,180,538 Adapting stroke pressure of a transmission control element
A method for controlling a transmission includes applying a reference stroke pressure to an oncoming control element while executing a downshift to a target...
US-8,180,511 Hybrid vehicle control apparatus and method
A hybrid vehicle has an internal combustion engine 2 and a flywheel 9. Storage and release of energy by the flywheel 9 is enabled by a continuously variable...
US-8,180,509 Tail pipe emissions mode control for hybrid electric vehicles
A hybrid electric vehicle has a propulsion system including an internal combustion engine (ICE) and an electric motor each configured to operate in parallel and...
US-8,179,274 Child seat monitoring system
A vehicle system for communicating with a child seat is provided with a receiver configured for receiving a seat sensor signal from a child seat controller. A...
US-8,179,245 Plug-in vehicle with recharging port having display and lights
A plug-in vehicle includes a vehicle body having an outer panel, a propulsion unit such as an electric motor, a rechargeable battery, a recharging port...
US-8,178,249 Fuel cell humidity control system and method
A control system for controlling the amount of water in at least one fluid stream that is passed through a fuel cell stack comprises a humidifier arrangement, a...
US-8,177,686 Transmission torque converter clutch control
A method for controlling a vehicle torque converter lockup clutch during a deceleration coasting event includes producing slip across the clutch by reducing the...
US-8,177,685 Method for shifting gears in a dual clutch transmission
A method for shifting gears in a dual clutch transmission within a motor vehicle and a motor vehicle implementing said method are suggested providing a smooth...
US-8,177,674 Multiple speed automatic transmission
A multiple speed transmission includes an input and output; a first, second, third and fourth planetary gear sets, each gear set including a sun gear, a ring...
US-8,177,648 Lubricant circuit including a cap plug
A circuit for carrying hydraulic lubricant in a transmission includes a shaft including a duct, a second shaft separated by a space from the shaft, and...
US-8,177,498 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...
US-8,177,292 Vehicle structural arrangement for enhanced roof strength
A vehicle structural arrangement 10 is provided which provides improved roof strength and controlled energy absorption when a load is imposed on the roof...
US-8,177,277 Vehicle having a body panel
A vehicle having a vehicle body component and a body panel. The vehicle body component has a body mating feature. The body panel has a body panel mating feature...
US-8,177,006 Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle
A vehicle propulsion system and a method of its operation are described. As one example, the vehicle propulsion system includes a plug-in hybrid electric...
US-8,176,903 System and method for improving exhaust gas recirculation for a turbocharged engine
A system and method for delivering EGR to an internal combustion engine is presented. The system can reduce system cost and lower system complexity.
US-8,176,894 Vacuum system for an engine
Systems and methods for generating a vacuum in an engine are provided. The system includes a first throttle upstream from a plurality of cylinders and a second...
US-8,176,893 Engine combustion control using ion sense feedback
A system and method for operating an engine having at least two spark plugs per cylinder include controlling at least one actuator to alter combustion within a...
US-8,176,888 Method for starting a mixed fuel engine
A method for improving starting of an engine that may be operated with fuels having varying alcohol concentrations is presented. In one embodiment, the method...
US-8,173,319 Fuel cell water management system and method
Systems and methods for transporting accumulated water in a fuel cell system are disclosed. Briefly described, in one aspect, a system comprises a fuel cell...
US-8,172,715 Multiplexed gear actuation system for a dual clutch transmission
A gear actuation mechanism for an automatic transmission, comprising: a motor; first and second gear actuation shafts; means of selecting one power path from...
US-8,172,440 Concealed illuminated center high mount stop lamp (CHMSL)
A vehicle including a center high mount stop lamp (CHMSL). The vehicle includes a vehicle body panel formed of a light emitting material of a predetermined...
US-8,171,912 Method and system for pre-ignition control
Methods and systems are provided for addressing cylinder pre-ignition by adjusting a spray angle of fuel injected into a cylinder responsive to an indication of...
US-8,171,769 Method of forming a flanged tubular member in hydroforming
A method of forming a flanged tubular member includes the steps of: positioning a tubular blank in a die; applying nominal pressure; closing the dies; and...
US-8,171,724 Vehicle-based strategy for removing urea deposits from an SCR catalyst
A method is provided for controlling regeneration of an SCR catalyst. The method includes coordinating the regeneration duration and temperature (e.g.,...
US-8,171,641 Vehicle framing method and frame
A method is provided for assembling a vehicle frame from hydro-formed tubular metal components. Each hydro-formed component has a surface feature that is...
US-8,170,767 Vehicle stability control system and method
A method and system for controlling vehicle stability may comprise determining whether a vehicle is oversteering or understeering and, if the vehicle is...
US-8,169,341 Vehicle park assist system and method for parking a vehicle using such system
A park assist system for parking a vehicle in a target parking space includes a sensing system. The sensing system determines whether there is a sufficient slot...
US-8,168,060 System and method for improving accuracy of a gas sensor
A method is disclosed for operating an electrochemical gas sensor with a measuring electrode pair and a pumping electrode pair. The method includes obtaining a...
US-8,167,360 Vehicle cross member assembly with tunnel bracket
A vehicle cross member assembly is provided which includes first and second cross members each having first and second ends, and first and second connectors...
US-8,167,348 Cable activated latch pawl for floor console armrest
An armrest assembly for pivotable attachment to a vehicle floor console includes a first sliding armrest having a latch, a second sliding armrest having a...
US-8,167,262 Power converter mounting assemblies
The present disclosure relates mounting assemblies for a vehicle DC-to-DC power converter. The mounting assemblies can include a bracket having a first end...
US-8,167,009 Adjustable refilling assembly
A refilling system for a vehicle including a body panel having a fixed opening, an adjustable refilling assembly partially enclosed by the body panel, the...
US-8,166,959 Approach for improved fuel vaporization in a directly injected internal combustion engine
A system and a method of facilitating fuel vaporization in a directly injected internal combustion engine are provided. As one example, the method comprises:...
US-8,166,957 Exhaust treatment system for internal combustion engine
Systems and methods are provided for operating an engine exhaust system. In one example, a system comprises a first valve, and a second valve coupled to the...
US-8,166,956 Engine with gaseous and/or liquid fuel injector
In one example, a system for a vehicle travelling on a surface is described. The system includes an engine with a cylinder. The cylinder includes a fuel...
US-8,166,952 Fuel injection control during start-up
A method of operation of an internal combustion engine including an intake valve coupled to a combustion chamber, and a port fuel injector positioned upstream...
US-8,166,943 Fuel system control
Methods and systems are provided for operating a fuel system in an engine, the fuel system including a supply pump for delivering fuel to the fuel system and...
US-8,166,928 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...
US-8,166,775 Noise attenuating device for a heating-ventilation-cooling system of a motor vehicle
A system and method for reducing noise in an automotive heating, ventilation, and cooling system is described. A noise attenuation device using radial vanes...
US-8,165,788 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...
US-8,165,787 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...
US-8,165,780 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...
US-8,165,779 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...
US-8,165,770 Trailer oscillation detection and compensation method for a vehicle and trailer combination
A system and method of controlling a vehicle with a trailer comprises determining the presence of a trailer, generating an oscillation signal indicative of...
US-8,165,760 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...
US-8,165,751 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...
US-8,164,206 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...
US-8,162,798 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...
US-8,162,797 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...
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