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 (104 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 ...

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 (103 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 ...

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 (101 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 ...

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 (101 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 ...

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 (100 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 ...


Jeffrey D Rupp: Single vision sensor object detection system. Ford Global Technologies, Frank MacKenzie, June 17, 2008: US07389171 (99 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 ...


Thomas Tsoi Hei Ma: Engine with cylinder deactivation. Ford Global Technologies, Jerome R Drouillard, February 15, 2000: US06023929 (99 worldwide citation)

A multi-cylinder spark ignition internal combustion engine is described having two banks of cylinders 10a, 10b. One bank of cylinders may be selectively disabled by cutting off its fuel supply while continuing to receive air. The exhaust system includes an NO.sub.x trap 20 to store NO.sub.x gases wh ...