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Volvo Car Corporation, or Volvo Personvagnar AB, is a Swedish premium automobile manufacturer, headquartered in the VAK building in Gothenburg, and owned by Zhejiang Geely Holding Group of China.Volvo Car Corporation was founded in 1927, in Gothenburg, Sweden, originally as a subsidiary company to the ball bearing maker SKF. When Volvo AB was introduced on the Swedish stock exchange in 1935, SKF sold most of the shares in the company. Volvo Cars was owned by AB Volvo until 1999, when it was acquired by the Ford Motor Company as part of its Premier Automotive Group. Geely Holding Group then acquired Volvo Cars from Ford in 2010.Volvo Cars manufactures and markets sport utility vehicles, station wagons, sedans, compact executive sedans, and coupes. With approximately 2,300 local dealers from around 100 national sales companies worldwide, Volvo Cars' largest markets are the United States, Sweden, China and Belgium. In 2011, Volvo Cars recorded global sales of 449,255 cars, an increase of 20.3% compared to 2010. Wikipedia.


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Patent
Volvo Car Corporation | Date: 2017-04-26

The present disclosure relates to a method performed by a vehicle locating system (1) for locating at least a first parked vehicle (2) situated where it potentially is difficult to find. The vehicle locating system determines (1002) an estimated geographical vehicle position (9) of the at least first parked vehicle. The vehicle locating system furthermore determines (1005) - based on digital map data (81) - that the estimated vehicle position is comprised in, or is in in the vicinity of, a multilevel parking area (3). Moreover, the vehicle locating system transmits (1006) a level request message (16) to a user device (6) associated with the at least first parked vehicle. The disclosure also relates to a vehicle locating system in accordance with the foregoing, and a computer program product comprising a computer program containing computer program code means arranged to cause a computer or a processor to execute the steps of the vehicle locating system discussed above, stored on a computer-readable medium or a carrier wave.


Patent
Volvo Car Corporation | Date: 2016-11-14

A hybrid vehicle comprises an internal combustion engine, a transmission, at least one driving wheel rotationally connected to the transmission, and a coupling arrangement arranged between the internal combustion engine and the transmission, and controllable between a first state in which a drive shaft of the engine is rotationally connected to the transmission and a second state in which the drive shaft of the engine is rotationally disconnected from the transmission. The vehicle further comprises an energy recovery device connected to the coupling arrangement via a flexible driving member for allowing recovery and storage of energy recovered from deceleration of the at least one driving wheel. The vehicle may further comprise a sensor for sensing a parameter value indicative of desired deceleration, and a control unit for controlling the coupling arrangement to the second state when the sensed parameter value indicates desired deceleration of the hybrid vehicle.


The invention relates to a tunable intake system for exhaust gas recirculation in an internal combustion engine with a plurality of cylinders. The system comprises an exhaust gas recirculation manifold arranged to distribute recirculated exhaust gas in an intake air stream to be introduced into the combustion engine; wherein the manifold has an exhaust gas recirculation inlet and an intake air inlet as well as at least one outlet leading to the multiple cylinders of the engine. The system also comprises a first distribution pipe, which has a first pattern of flow distribution perforations for distributing the recirculated exhaust gas into the manifold. The system further includes a second distribution pipe with a second pattern of flow distribution perforations for distributing the recirculated exhaust gas into the manifold, and at least one of the first and second distribution pipes being rotatable with respect to the other.


A system and method for estimating traffic intensity uses data from a subset (SV_(1-n)) of connected vehicles equipped with positioning systems (1) and active safety sensor systems (2a, 2b) capable of determining vehicles travelling in an opposite direction within a road network (9). It is determined whenever a connected vehicle meets another vehicle, and a position of the connected vehicle and data regarding met vehicles is reported to a back end system (6) which also provide instructions. The positions and directions of travel of the connected vehicles are kept track of and it is also determined whenever two connected vehicles within the subset (SV_(1-n)) meet one another. The number of vehicles a connected vehicle meets is counted and the total number of vehicles that passes a position within the road network (9) in a given direction is estimated based on the positions and directions of travel of the connected vehicles and the associated vehicle counts.


Patent
Volvo Car Corporation | Date: 2017-05-24

The present invention relates to a hybrid vehicle comprising an internal combustion engine; a transmission; at least one driving wheel rotationally connected to the transmission; a coupling arrangement arranged between the internal combustion engine and the transmission, and controllable between a first state in which the drive shaft of the internal combustion engine is rotationally connected to the transmission and a second state in which the drive shaft of the internal combustion engine is rotationally disconnected from the transmission. The hybrid vehicle further comprises an energy recovery device connected to the coupling arrangement via a flexible driving member for allowing recovery and storage of energy recovered from deceleration of the at least one driving wheel; a sensor for sensing a parameter value indicative of desired deceleration; and a control unit for controlling the coupling arrangement to the second state when the sensed parameter value indicates desired deceleration of the hybrid vehicle.


The invention relates to a tunable intake system (1) for exhaust gas recirculation in an internal combustion engine with a plurality of cylinders, the system comprising:- an exhaust gas recirculation manifold (2) arranged to distribute recirculated exhaust gas in an intake air stream to be introduced into the combustion engine;- the manifold (2) having an exhaust gas recirculation inlet (3) and an intake air inlet (4) as well as at least one outlet (5) leading to the multiple cylinders of the engine;- a first distribution pipe (6) connected to the exhaust gas recirculation inlet (3), said first distribution pipe (6) having a first pattern of flow distribution perforations (7) for distributing the recirculated exhaust gas into the manifold (2), where the invention is especially characterized in:- a second distribution pipe (8) with a second pattern of flow distribution perforations (9) for distributing the recirculated exhaust gas into the manifold (2) is fitted outside of said first distribution pipe (6) whereby an interstitial gap (10) is formed therebetween, and- at least one of said first and second distribution pipes (6, 8) being rotatable with respect to the other in order to selectively tune the distribution of recirculated exhaust gas for multiple operational points of the engine.


A vehicle steering arrangement (1) for a vehicle (3) is provided, comprising a rack (5) a position sensor (7), a steering column (9), a steering wheel (11), a torque sensor (15) arranged to sense a torque applied onto the steering wheel (11) and arranged to provide a torque signal representative thereof, an electronic control unit (17) provided with a virtual steering model, a rack-mounted electromechanical actuator (19), and a force obtaining arrangement (22) configured to obtain forces of steered wheels (13) acting on the rack (5). The electronic control unit (17) is configured to provide a virtual rack position based on the virtual steering model and at least a combination of the obtained forces and the torque signal, and arranged to control the rack-mounted electromechanical actuator (19) such that the current position of the rack (5) is controlled towards the virtual rack position. The present disclosure also relates to an autonomous vehicle steering arrangement (29), a vehicle (3) and a method (100) of steering a vehicle (3).


Patent
Volvo Car Corporation | Date: 2017-06-21

Method for selectively removing at least part of an Aluminium-Silicon (Al-Si) coating (11) from Al-Si-coated Boron steel (10), which comprises the steps of bonding an offer strip (12) to said Al-Si-coated Boron steel (10) using an adhesive (13), curing said adhesive (13), whereby said adhesive (13) adheres to said Al-Si coating (11), and subjecting said offer strip (12) to a peel and/or shear force (F_(peel) and/or F_(shear)) to mechanically remove at least part of said Al-Si coating (11) from said Al-Si-coated Boron steel (10). The method can also comprise the step of bonding a component (15) to at least one point/line/area (14) on Al-Si-coated Boron steel (10) from which at least part of the Al-Si coating (11) has been removed.


Patent
Volvo Car Corporation | Date: 2017-05-31

The invention relates to a decorative arrangement (4) for mounting on a support (3) and comprising a first element (5) and a second element (6) configured for being arranged next to each other so as to define a visual symbol, pattern or design (7). Furthermore, the first element (5) comprises a first end portion (5a) having a first thickness (t_(1)) which is less than a second thickness (t_(2)) of a proximate part (5b) of the first element (5); and the second element (6) comprises a second end portion (6a) having a third thickness (t_(3)) which is less than a fourth thickness (t_(4)) of a proximate part (6b) of the second element (6); said second end portion (6a) being partly covered by said first end portion (5a) when the decorative arrangement (4) is mounted on said support (3); wherein the first end portion (5a) and the second end portion (6a) are arranged to define, when combined together, said visual symbol, pattern or design (7).


The present invention relates to an internal air vent (100) for a vehicle, and a method for assembling an internal air vent (100) for a vehicle. The internal air vent (100) comprises a frame (102), at least one back vane (110) being pivotably connected to the frame (102), two front vanes (112; 112a, 112b) being pivotably and slidably connected to the frame (102). The two front vanes (112; 112a, 112b) two front vanes (112; 112a, 112b) form an opening (114) for the air stream. The internal air vent (100) further comprises a link mechanism (120) operatively connecting the two front vanes (112; 112a, 112b) to the at least one back vane (110), wherein the link mechanism (120) is configured to transfer a sliding motion of the two front vanes (112; 112a, 112b) in the first plane to a pivoting motion of the back vane (110), thereby controlling the redirection of the air stream from the at least one back vane (110).

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