Jeffrey T Remillard, Kenneth Nietering: Active night vision thermal control system using wavelength-temperature characteristic of light source. Ford Global Technologies, Frank MacKenzie, May 6, 2008: US07368714 (80 worldwide citation)

A thermal control system (11) for a light source (46) of a vision system (10) includes a heater (63) that is thermally coupled to the light source (46). A thermal sensor (60) is thermally coupled to the tight source (46) and generates a temperature signal. A controller (50) is coupled to the heater ...

Gopichandra Surnilla: Method for rapid catalyst heating. Ford Global Technologies, Allan J Lippa, John D Russell, May 27, 2003: US06568177 (79 worldwide citation)

A method is disclosed for controlling operation of an engine coupled to an exhaust treatment catalyst. Under predetermined conditions, the method operates an engine with a first group of cylinders combusting a lean air/fuel mixture and a second group of cylinders pumping air only (i.e., without fuel ...


Thomas G Leone, Gopichandra Surnilla: Purge system for ethanol direct injection plus gas port fuel injection. Ford Global Technologies, Allan J Lippa, Alleman Hall McCoy Russell & Tuttle, November 13, 2007: US07293552 (78 worldwide citation)

A method for managing vapors generated by a first and second reservoir onboard a vehicle traveling on the road, the method comprising of inducting vapors from the first and second reservoirs during engine operation; and reducing flow of vapors from first the reservoir to second reservoir and from th ...

Jianbo Lu: Method of controlling an automotive vehicle having a trailer. Ford Global Technologies, Jerome R Drouillard, Greg Brown, April 6, 2010: US07690737 (78 worldwide citation)

A system and method of controlling an automotive vehicle and trailer includes determining the presence of a trailer and applying brake-steer to the vehicle in response to the trailer to reduce the turning radius of the vehicle and the trailer.

Gopichandra Surnilla, David Bidner, Shane Elwart, Jeff Doering, Christian T Goralski Jr: Engine system and method with cylinder deactivation. Ford Global Technologies, Allan J Lippa, Alleman Hall McCoy Russell & Tuttle, December 20, 2005: US06978204 (78 worldwide citation)

Various systems and methods are disclosed for carrying out combustion in a fuel-cut operation in some or all of the engine cylinders of a vehicle. Further, various subsystems are considered, such as fuel vapor purging, air-fuel ratio control, engine torque control, catalyst design, and exhaust syste ...

Harry Zhong, Dumitru Dan Nae: Seat cushion extension mechanism. Ford Global Technologies, Gregory P Brown, Price Heneveld, March 6, 2012: US08128167 (78 worldwide citation)

A vehicle seat including a seat base. An extension member is operably connected to the seat base. A seat cover partially extends over the extension member and seat base and partially stored on a roller below the seat pan. A bladder is disposed between the seat base and the extension member. Inflatio ...

Markus Valter Witte: Remote communication system for use with a vehicle. Ford Global Technologies, March 1, 2005: US06862443 (78 worldwide citation)

This invention relates to a remote communication system for use with a vehicle, comprising a first communication unit (1), located within a vehicle (2), said first communication unit comprising a first transceiver (3), connectable with a long-distance wireless communication network (16), such as a c ...

Thomas M McQuade, Steven Yellin Schondorf, Scott Howard Gaboury: Method and apparatus for monitoring seat belt use of rear seat passengers. Ford Global Technologies, Gary A Smith, March 26, 2002: US06362734 (78 worldwide citation)

A system for monitoring the secured/unsecured status of seat belts in rear seating rows of a vehicle notes the number and/or location of seat belts secured at a base time when all doors are closed and the vehicle starts in motion. The vehicle operator is alerted to any later change in the number of ...