Dearborn, MI, United States
Dearborn, MI, United States

The Ford Motor Company is an American multinational automaker headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. It was founded by Henry Ford and incorporated on June 16, 1903. The company sells automobiles and commercial vehicles under the Ford brand and most luxury cars under the Lincoln brand. Ford also owns Brazilian SUV manufacturer, Troller, and Australian performance car manufacturer FPV. In the past it has also produced tractors and automotive components. Ford owns a 2.1% stake in Mazda of Japan, an 8% stake in Aston Martin of the United Kingdom, and a 49% stake in Jiangling of China. It also has a number of joint-ventures, two in China , one in Thailand , one in Turkey , and one in Russia . It is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and is controlled by the Ford family, although they have minority ownership. It is described by Forbes as "the most important industrial company in the history of the United States."Ford introduced methods for large-scale manufacturing of cars and large-scale management of an industrial workforce using elaborately engineered manufacturing sequences typified by moving assembly lines; by 1914 these methods were known around the world as Fordism. Ford's former UK subsidiaries Jaguar and Land Rover, acquired in 1989 and 2000 respectively, were sold to Tata Motors in March 2008. Ford owned the Swedish automaker Volvo from 1999 to 2010. In 2011, Ford discontinued the Mercury brand, under which it had marketed entry-level luxury cars in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Middle East since 1938.Ford is the second-largest U.S.-based automaker and the fifth-largest in the world based on 2010 vehicle sales. At the end of 2010, Ford was the fifth largest automaker in Europe. Ford is the eighth-ranked overall American-based company in the 2010 Fortune 500 list, based on global revenues in 2009 of $118.3 billion. In 2008, Ford produced 5.532 million automobiles and employed about 213,000 employees at around 90 plants and facilities worldwide.The company went public in 1956 but the Ford family, through special Class B shares, still retain 40 percent voting rights. Wikipedia.


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Patent
Ford Motor Company | Date: 2017-03-01

A curtain airbag assembly (10) for a vehicle, the curtain airbag assembly having one or more airbags (20), wherein the airbags comprise one or more shaped portions (22) that are shaped to complement at least an engaging portion (40) of a seat (2) of the vehicle when the airbag is deployed, the shaped portions being configured such that when the airbag is deployed the shaped portions engage the engaging portion of the seat to assist in securing the airbag in place.


Patent
Ford Motor Company | Date: 2017-02-15

A method is disclosed in which an electric machine (18) is used to apply a load to an engine (10) of a motor vehicle (5) following a cold start in order to increase the rate at which the engine (10) heats up. By increasing the heat up rate of the engine (10) a period of time following start-up of the engine in which exhaust gas recirculation cannot be used is reduced thereby enabling earlier use of exhaust gas recirculation to reduce NOx emissions from the engine (10).


Patent
Ford Motor Company | Date: 2017-01-18

A latching device for reversibly fastening a side section of a truck to a structure of a tractor of the truck is provided. The latching device comprises- at least one skid with an aperture mounted to the structure of the tractor,- at least one sleeve comprising a sliding rail that is mounted to a side section,- a pin that is adapted to slide in the sliding rail, and that passes through the aperture in the skid, and- at least one spring contained within the sleeve for keeping the pin in at least one predetermined position.


Patent
Ford Motor Company | Date: 2017-03-22

A windscreen display system for a motor vehicle, the windscreen display system comprising: a first projector configured to project a first image onto a drivers side of a windscreen so that light from the first projector is reflected by the windscreen towards the driver; a second projector configured to project a second image onto a passengers side of the windscreen so that light from the second projector is reflected by the windscreen towards the passenger; and one or more privacy filters disposed between the windscreen and the first and second projectors, the privacy filters configured to limit the viewing angle of the light emitted from the first and second projectors such that, after passing through the privacy filters and reflecting from the windscreen, light rays from the first projector are substantially in line with the driver and light rays from the second projector are substantially in line with the passenger.


Patent
Ford Motor Company | Date: 2017-01-11

A machine (101) having one or more cylinders (103), each cylinder (103) having an inner surface (105) configured to engage at least a portion of a circumferential surface of a piston ring (107) of a piston (109), the inner surface (105) having a plurality of recesses (129) indented into the inner surface (105), each recess (129) having a circumferential dimension (145), the recesses (129) being arranged into a row (151) that extends circumferentially around the inner surface (105), the recesses (129) of the row (151) having a circumferential spacing (150) between an adjacent recess (129), wherein the ratio of the dimension of the recess (129) in a circumferential direction to the dimension of the circumferential spacing is approximately 2:1.


Patent
Ford Motor Company | Date: 2017-01-11

The invention relates to a locking mechanism (6) for a side skirt (4) of a vehicle (2), wherein the locking mechanism (6) comprises a main hook member (8) and a secondary hook member (10). The locking mechanism (6) allows a movement of the side skirt (4) from a first position (I) to a second position (II) if the main hook member (8) and a main counterpart member (12) and the secondary hook member (10) and a secondary counterpart member (14) are each not in engagement, and wherein the locking mechanism (6) fix the side skirt (4) in the first position (I), if the main hook member (8) is in engagement with the main counterpart member (12) and/or the secondary hook member (10) is in engagement with the secondary counterpart member (14). Further, the invention relates to a side skirt (4) with such a locking mechanism (6) and a vehicle (2) with such a side skirt (4)., wherein the secondary hook member (10) is adapted to transfer a force to the main hook member (8) to move the main hook member (8) to disengage the main hook member (8) from the main counterpart member (12).


The invention relates to a clutch actuator for a manual-shift motor vehicle transmission, comprising a driver-operated clutch pedal (1) or lever, a clutch linkage between a clutch of the motor vehicle and the pedal (1) or lever, and a damper (4) adapted to delay clutch engagement on a fast release of the clutch pedal or lever. According to the invention, the damper (4) is effective to delay clutch engagement only within a limited range of a whole clutch engagement movement and is substantially ineffective outside the limited range and within the whole range of a clutch disengagement movement.


Patent
Ford Motor Company | Date: 2017-03-22

A method 10 is disclosed for automatically launching a motor vehicle 200 from rest. The method includes the steps of transitioning the vehicle 200 from a brake holding mode to an engine driving mode and then accelerating the vehicle 200 in a forward direction until a set vehicle target speed V_(Target) has been reached. The vehicle 200 is maintained at the set target speed V_(Target) until a driver of the vehicle 200 intervenes.


Patent
Ford Motor Company | Date: 2017-02-15

A twin charged engine is provided. The engine comprises a catalytic converter; a first compressor which, when operated, increases engine load; a second compressor which extracts energy from the exhaust gases to increase the overall engine efficiency; and a controller configured to operate one of at least two modes. A first mode is a standard operating mode in which the system is configured to optimise the efficiency of running of the engine. A second mode is for use under special conditions.


Patent
Ford Motor Company | Date: 2017-04-05

A method of indicating hazards to a driver of a motor vehicle, the method comprising:determining the presence of a potential hazard;determining a direction to the potential hazard relative to the driver of the motor vehicle;selecting one or more of a plurality of speakers provided in the motor vehicle and surrounding the driver, the one or more speakers being in substantially the same direction relative to the driver as the potential hazard; andemitting a warning sound from said one or more speakers.

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