Lawrence Edward Rinehart, Venkateswara Anand Sankaran: Isolated gate driver for power switching device and method for carrying out same. Ford Global Technologies, Semipower Systems, Raymond L Coppiellie, Roger L May, May 4, 1999: US05900683 (109 worldwide citation)

An isolated gate driver device for a power switching device having a plurality of transistors includes a primary circuit having a voltage source of a first voltage potential. The primary circuit constantly switches the voltage source to generate first and second load signals based on control signals ...

Charles Allen Everhart, Florian Frischmuth, Gary John Rushton: Vehicle accessory control with integrated voice and manual activation. Ford Global Technologies, Mark L Mollon, May 29, 2001: US06240347 (106 worldwide citation)

A voice activated control system responsive to spoken voice commands is integrated with an advanced central display/control unit having dedicated and reconfigurable push buttons to control individual vehicle accessories in a complementary fashion as well as in standalone modes. The two controllers s ...

Jeffrey D Rupp: Single vision sensor object detection system. Ford Global Technologies, Frank MacKenzie, June 17, 2008: US07389171 (104 worldwide citation)

A sensing system (10) for a vehicle (12) includes a single vision sensor (14) that has a position on the vehicle (12). The single vision sensor (14) detects an object (40) and generates an object detection signal. A controller (16) is coupled to the vision sensor (14) and generates a safety system s ...

Eric E Tseng: Method and apparatus for controlling a trailer and an automotive vehicle with a yaw stability control system. Ford Global Technologies, Greg Brown, November 1, 2005: US06959970 (104 worldwide citation)

A system and method of controlling an automotive vehicle with a yaw stability control system and a trailer comprises determining a presence of a trailer, changing a side slip angle parameter threshold of the vehicle to a modified side slip parameter in response to the trailer signal, and controlling ...

David Richens Brigham, Sandra Giardini, Amos Lev, Timothy Romlein, Michael Alan Tamor: Method for controlling energy flow in a hybrid electric vehicle. Ford Global Technologies, Roger L May, Mark S Sparschu, October 13, 1998: US05820172 (103 worldwide citation)

An operating strategy for a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) manages the flow of energy to both supply the motive demand power of the HEV and maintain the charge of the energy storage system (ESS). A controller operates the main power unit (HPU) and ESS and, using an optimal fuel cost strategy, scans a ...

Larry Thomas Brown, Walter Joseph Ortmann, Marvin Paul Kraska: Hybrid vehicle powertrain and control therefor. Ford Global Technologies, Frank G Mckenzie, January 23, 2001: US06176808 (103 worldwide citation)

A powertrain assembly for an automotive vehicle having an interanal combustion engine and transmission gearing for delivering engine torque to traction wheels of a vehicle. An electric induction motor is situated in the torque flow path between the engine and the transmission. The induction motor co ...

Donald J Lewis, John D Russell, John O Michelini: Valve selection for an engine operating in a multi-stroke cylinder mode. Ford Global Technologies, Allan J Lippa, Alleman Hall McCoy Russell & Tuttle, June 20, 2006: US07063062 (102 worldwide citation)

A method to control valve patterns in a cylinder operating in a multi-stroke cylinder mode. Valves are controlled to improve drivability and emissions.

Jeffrey S Hepburn, Garth M Meyer, Joseph R Asik: Method and apparatus for desulfating a no.sub.x trap. Ford Global Technologies, Allan J Lippa, Roger L May, November 2, 1999: US05974788 (102 worldwide citation)

A method and apparatus for desulfating a NO.sub.x trap is proposed wherein the SO.sub.x purge temperature is achieved by modulating the amplitude of the A/F of the mixture supplied to the engine thereby storing oxygen in the trap during lean engine cylinder events and generating the required exother ...