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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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.


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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 ...


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