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Jeffrey Arthur Cook, Narayanan Sivashankar, Jing Sun: Vapor recovery control system for direct injection spark ignition engines. Ford Global Technologies, Allan J Lippa, September 14, 1999: US05950603 (94 worldwide citation)

A vapor recovery control system for a direct injection spark ignition engine is used to purge vapors in both a homogeneous air/fuel and stratified air/fuel mode. When purging vapors in a stratified mode, a portion of the cylinders receive purge vapors and operate in a homogeneous mode while the rest ...


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Thomas G Leone, Robert A Stein, Jeffrey C Lyjak: Method for controlling injection timing of an internal combustion engine. Ford Global Technologies, Allan J Lippa, Alleman Hall McCoy Russell & Tuttle, October 9, 2007: US07278396 (93 worldwide citation)

A method to control injection timing for an internal combustion engine having a plurality of injectors in at least a cylinder, the method comprising of injecting a first fuel amount to at least a cylinder of an internal combustion engine from a first injector, injecting a second fuel amount fuel to ...


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Kenneth A Marko, Doug Thornburg, George Halow, Shane Rachedi: Remote diagnostics and prognostics methods for complex systems. Ford Global Technologies, June 1, 2004: US06745151 (90 worldwide citation)

A diagnostic/prognostic system monitors performance of a vehicle or other apparatus wherein the vehicle has a plurality of operational components. Each operational component has a predetermined nominal operating state and generates respective electrical signals pursuant to its operation. A data coll ...


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Anya Lynn Getman, Perry Robinson Macneille, Aric David Shaffer: Trailer oscillation detection and compensation method for a vehicle and trailer combination. Ford Global Technologies, Angela M Brunetti, Fredrick Owens, August 30, 2011: US08010252 (88 worldwide citation)

A system and method of controlling a vehicle with a trailer comprises determining the presence of a trailer, generating an oscillation signal indicative of trailer swaying relative to the vehicle, generating an initial weighted dynamic control signal for a vehicle dynamic control system in response ...


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Forrest William Hoge, Daniel Warren McCarrick: Method for operating a traction drive automatic transmission for automotive vehicles. Ford Global Technologies, Frank G McKenzie, August 8, 2000: US06099431 (88 worldwide citation)

A method for operating an automatic traction drive transmission for use in motor vehicles having a first gear unit for operation in an infinitely variable mode and a second gear unit for operation in a continuously variable mode includes connecting the first gear unit to the transmission output, dis ...


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Roger Arnold Trombley, Christopher Scott Nave, Thomas Edward Pilutti, John Shutko, Shane Elwart, Kenneth Michael Mayer: Trailer target placement assist system and method. Ford Global Technologies, Raymond L Coppiellie, Price Heneveld, January 6, 2015: US08930140 (87 worldwide citation)

A vehicle trailer backup assist system and method includes a hitch angle detection apparatus and a target monitor controller. The target monitor controller processes images acquired of the trailer towed by a towing vehicle to assist with placement of a target on the trailer. The target monitor contr ...


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Steven Thomas, Matthew Hammond: Multi-speed transmission and integrated drive transfer mechanism. Ford Global Technologies, David B Kelley, MacMillan Sobanski & Todd, October 18, 2005: US06955627 (87 worldwide citation)

A multiple speed transmission capable of producing five underdrive gear ratios, one direct drive ratio, four overdrive ratios, and four reverse ratios includes four interconnected planetary gearsets, multi-plate clutches and brakes controlling the gearset elements, and a coupler that changes between ...


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