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Matt Y Rupp, David Dean Smit, Roger Arnold Trombley, Thomas Edward Pilutti, Erick Michael Lavoie, Taehyun Shim: Managing jackknife enabling conditions during backing of a trailer by reducing speed of a vehicle backing the trailer. Ford Global Technologies, The Regents of the University of Michigan, Angela M Brunetti, Raymond L Coppiellie, June 17, 2014: US08755984 (76 worldwide citation)

A vehicle comprises a trailer angle detection apparatus and a trailer backup control system. The trailer angle detection apparatus is configured for outputting hitch angle information generated as a function of an angle between the vehicle and a trailer towably attached thereto. The trailer backup c ...


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Gopichandra Surnilla, Al Henry Berger, Wan Joe Chen, Christopher House: Differential torque operation for internal combustion engine. Ford Global Technologies, Allan J Lippa, Alleman Hall McCoy Russell & Tuttle, March 17, 2009: US07503312 (76 worldwide citation)

A method of operating an internal combustion engine having a plurality of cylinders including at least a first cylinder and a second cylinder, the method comprising firing the first cylinder and the second cylinder in an alternating sequence; during a first mode, adjusting an operating parameter of ...


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Behrouz Ashrafi, Darrel Alan Recker: Method and apparatus for dynamically compensating a lateral acceleration of a motor vehicle. Ford Global Technologies, Gregory P Brown, April 21, 1998: US05742918 (76 worldwide citation)

A system and a method for dynamically determining a lateral acceleration of a motor vehicle for input to a controller employed to control dynamics of the motor vehicle includes sensors for measuring predetermined vehicle operating state. The system also includes a device for predicting a value for t ...


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Behrouz Ashrafi, Darrel Alan Recker: Method and apparatus for dynamically determining a lateral velocity of a motor vehicle. Ford Global Technologies, Gregory P Brown, April 21, 1998: US05742919 (76 worldwide citation)

A system and a method for dynamically estimating a lateral velocity of a motor vehicle for input to a controller employed to control dynamics of the motor vehicle includes sensors for measuring predetermined vehicle operating state. The system also includes sensors for dynamically measuring steering ...


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Joseph R Asik, Garth M Meyer: Method and apparatus for desulfating a NO.sub.x trap. Ford Global Technologies, Allan J Lippa, Roger L May, June 2, 1998: US05758493 (75 worldwide citation)

A method and apparatus for desulfating a NO.sub.x trap is proposed wherein half of the engine cylinders are operated at a rich air/fuel ratio and half are operated at a lean A/F during the desulfation process. The two exhaust gas streams, the rich stream and the lean stream, are physically or chemic ...


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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 (75 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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Paul Frederick Smith, John Frederick Armitage, Eric Blaine Ferch: Computer program architecture for onboard vehicle diagnostic system. Ford Global Technologies, Peter Abolins, Roger L May, September 23, 1997: US05671141 (75 worldwide citation)

A computer program architecture for a motor vehicle on-board diagnostic system includes a plurality of monitor modules for monitoring vehicle systems or components and issuing a malfunction subroutine call to a diagnostic executive upon detecting a system or component malfunction. The executive incl ...


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Paul Joseph Stewart, Yifan Chen, Pietro Buttolo: Method and system for manipulating a three-dimensional object utilizing a force feedback interface. Ford Global Technologies, Paul K Godwin, Roger L May, October 26, 1999: US05973678 (75 worldwide citation)

A method and system for manipulating a three-dimensional object in a computer-aided design (CAD) environment utilizes a force feedback interface. A gravitational sphere is defined around each of the plurality of input parameters of a mathematical model defining a shape, location and orientation of t ...


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Ilya V Kolmanovsky, Michiel J Van Nieuwstadt, Paul Eduard Moraal: Control method for a variable geometry turbocharger in a diesel engine having exhaust gas recirculation. Ford Global Technologies, Jerome R Drouillard, May 30, 2000: US06067800 (74 worldwide citation)

A method of estimating the actuator position of a variable geometry turbocharger (VGT) of a compression ignition engine having an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system. The method includes the steps of determining the exhaust manifold temperature (T.sub.2), determining the mass flow rate (W.sub.2t) ...


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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 (74 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 ...