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Dennis Allen Light, Michael John Cullen, Richard John Hippley: Vehicle speed control system and method. Ford Global Technologies, John D Russell, January 23, 2001: US06178371 (36 worldwide citation)

A speed control method for vehicles having an internal combustion engine smoothly controls engine torque to control vehicle speed. Torque is controlled via airflow in a first torque control range. Torque is controlled via a coordination of air/fuel ratio, ignition timing, and cylinder deactivation i ...


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Brian Michael O&apos Neil, Bradley Dean Riedle, Dennis Allen Light, Michael John Cullen: Vehicle output control limiter. Ford Global Technologies, Allan J Lipps, John D Russell, April 8, 2003: US06543414 (19 worldwide citation)

A method is described for limiting a change in torque transmitted through a vehicle powertrain when in a predetermined range. Such a method minimizes transmission gear separation, or “clunk”. In one approach, the rate cf change of powertrain output is limited when powertrain output is near zero tran ...


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Dennis Allen Light, Michael John Cullen, Ralph Wayne Cunningham, Thomas M Luther: Engine airflow control. Ford Global Technologies, John D Russell, February 11, 2003: US06516778 (15 worldwide citation)

A method for controlling a powertrain of a vehicle adjusts a minimum allowed airflow based on operating conditions. Specifically, when conditions of engine speed and/or vehicle speed area away from idle conditions, no increasing of the minimum allowed airflow is carried out. However, when conditions ...


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Brian Michael O&apos Neil, Bradley Dean Riedle, Dennis Allen Light, Michael John Cullen, Ralph Wayne Cunningham: Control for vehicle with transmission. Ford Global Technologies, John D Russell, Allan J Lippa, October 22, 2002: US06468183 (15 worldwide citation)

A method for controlling an engine coupled to a transmission is described. The method is especially suited for a transmission having at least one gear in which an over-running clutch is present. The invention describes a method for adjusting an engine operating parameter to maintain transmission inp ...


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Brian Michael O&apos Neil, Bradley Dean Riedle, Dennis Allen Light, Michael John Cullen, Michelle S Grytzelius, Ralph Wayne Cunningham: Control for vehicle with torque converter. Ford Global Technologies, John D Russell, Allan J Lippa, John F Buckert, January 14, 2003: US06506140 (14 worldwide citation)

A vehicle control system is described for controlling a torque converter coupled to an engine. The controller engages the torque converter before negative powertrain output becomes less than a predetermined value. Such an approach allows for torque converter locking in the negative powertrain output ...


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Dennis Allen Light, Michael John Cullen, Richard John Hippley: Powertrain controller using a feed-forward torque calculation. Ford Global Technologies, Carlos Hanze, May 21, 2002: US06393350 (8 worldwide citation)

A powertrain controller and a method for calculating feed-forward torque for use by the controller, including a powertrain control module that calculates current and leading indicators of engine torque. The leading indicator of engine torque is used by a multiple-ratio transmission in the powertrain ...


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Bruce John Palansky, Dennis Allen Light, Michael John Cullen, Richard John Hippley: Adjustment of driver demand for atmospheric conditions. Ford Global Technologies, Allan J Lippa, April 9, 2002: US06367447 (6 worldwide citation)

A system and method for controlling a multi-cylinder internal combustion engine include determining a currently available maximum torque, determining a driver demanded torque based on a current accelerator pedal position and reference ambient conditions, and controlling the engine to deliver the les ...


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David Karl Bidner, Dennis Allen Light, Michael John Cullen, Ralph Wayne Cunningham, Richard John Hippley: Vehicle drive control for 4×4 mode. Ford Global Technologies, Ford Global Technologies, May 3, 2005: US06889132 (4 worldwide citation)

Method and electronic control system using a unique driver demand (calibration) table stored in system memory to provide torque output values specific to a 4×4 mode of operation of the vehicle drive unit. For example, the torque output of the electronic control system for a 4×4 low mode of operation ...


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David Karl Bidner, Dennis Allen Light, Michael John Cullen, Ralph Wayne Cunningham, Richard John Hippley: Vehicle drive control for 4X4 mode. Edward Timmer, c o John D Russell, October 3, 2002: US20020143455-A1 (1 worldwide citation)

Method and electronic control system using a unique driver demand (calibration) table stored in system memory to provide torque output values specific to a 4×4 mode of operation of the vehicle drive unit. For example, the torque output of the electronic control system for a 4×4 low mode of operation ...


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Brian Michael O Neil, Bradley Dean Riedle, Dennis Allen Light, Michael John Cullen: Vehicle output control limiter. Ford Global Technologies, September 19, 2002: US20020129788-A1

A method is described for limiting a change in torque transmitted through a vehicle powertrain when in a predetermined range. Such a method minimizes transmission gear separation, or “clunk”. In one approach, the rate of change of powertrain output is limited when powertrain output is near zero tran ...