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Pietro Buttolo, Stuart C Salter, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Thomas Lee Goodson, James Stewart Rankin: Proximity switch assembly and method having adaptive time delay. Ford Global Technologies, Vichit Chea, Price Heneveld, June 23, 2015: US09065447 (147 worldwide citation)

A proximity switch assembly and method for detecting activation of the proximity switch assembly is provided. The assembly includes a plurality of proximity switches each providing a sense activation field and control circuitry processing the activation field of each proximity switch to sense activa ...


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Manoharprasad K Rao, Mark Cuddihy, Eric L Reed: System and method for combined blind spot detection and rear crossing path collision warning. Ford Global Technologies, Franklin MacKenzie, Ford Global Technologies, October 8, 2013: US08552848 (146 worldwide citation)

A vehicle is equipped with blind spot detection and rear crossing path collision warning system. Programmable maximum range limit radar sensors mounted on the vehicle are used to provide blind spot object detection warning when the vehicle is traveling in a forward direction and rear crossing path c ...


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Ingo la Tendresse, Holger Mueller: Warning apparatus for a motor vehicle. Ford Global Technologies, Frank A MacKenzie, Brooks Kushman P C, September 20, 2011: US08022818 (145 worldwide citation)

Warning apparatus (2) for a motor vehicle (1) having an indicator system (6) for indicating a change of lane comprising at least one signal display (7) arranged in the field of view of the driver and having a sensor system for detecting obstacles in the blind spot (4), wherein the sensor system gene ...


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Paul J Stewart, Yihan Chen: Force feedback haptic interface for a three-dimensional CAD surface. Ford Global Technologies, David B Kelley, December 2, 1997: US05694013 (145 worldwide citation)

A method for providing a haptic interface between a user held physical device and a computer generated parametric surface determines if a collision has occurred therebetween. If a collision has occurred, a force to apply to the physical device is determined and a force actuation mechanism is activat ...


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Thomas Patrick Harvey: Battery measurement method. Ford Global Technologies, Mark S Sparschu, June 2, 1998: US05760587 (143 worldwide citation)

The present invention provides a method for detecting an electrical conductivity leakage path in a vehicle having a plurality of batteries coupled in series and having a chassis ground. The method comprises the step of (a) providing a voltage divider for each of the batteries, each voltage divider h ...


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Donald J Lewis, Allan J Lippa, John D Russell: System and method for engine starting. Ford Global Technologies, Allan J Lippa, Alleman Hall McCoy Russell & Tuttle, January 9, 2007: US07159568 (137 worldwide citation)

A system for an engine of a vehicle, comprising of a cylinder of the engine, a first injector configured to inject a first fuel to said cylinder, a second injector configured to inject a second fuel to said cylinder, and a controller configured to, during a first operating condition, commence combus ...


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Jeffrey Michael Stefan, Dana Brian Fecher, Gregory Howard Williams: Vehicle navigation system having inferred user preferences. Ford Global Technologies, Mark L Mollon, April 3, 2001: US06212473 (122 worldwide citation)

A vehicle navigation system for providing route guidance in response to an input destination. The navigation system comprises a position sensing unit for sensing the location of the vehicle, a user input device for entering preferred route criteria and the desired destination, a display for outputti ...


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Wolfram Buschhaus, Bradford Bates, Richard C Belaire, Allan R Gale: Parallel hybrid powertrain for an automotive vehicle. Ford Global Technologies, Richard D Dixon, Roger L May, February 3, 1998: US05713425 (115 worldwide citation)

A hybrid powertrain for an automotive vehicle comprising an internal combustion engine and transmission assembly providing a first selectably shiftable geared torque flow path to vehicle traction wheels and an electric motor-generator unit defining a second geared torque flow path that is located be ...


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Shiva N Sivashankar, Ali Galip Ulsoy, Davorin D Hrovat: Method and apparatus for vehicle yaw rate estimation. Ford Global Technologies, Gregory P Brown, Roger L May, March 2, 1999: US05878357 (109 worldwide citation)

A method is provided for a vehicle yaw rate estimation using two accelerometers and a steer angle sensor. The new method combines two complimentary approaches to yaw rate estimation using accelerometers. A kinematic yaw rate estimate is weighted with a vehicle lateral acceleration at the center of g ...