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Internal-combustion engine

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701 - Data processing: vehicles, navigation, and relative location

701001000 - VEHICLE CONTROL, GUIDANCE, OPERATION, OR INDICATION

701099000 - With indicator or control of power plant (e.g., performance)

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20130080021VEHICLE INFORMATION SYSTEM FOR MOTOR VEHICLES WITH AT LEAST TWO ENGINES, MOTOR VEHICLE AND METHOD - A vehicle information system for a motor vehicle is equipped with at least two engines, with at least two vehicle controllers each allocated to an engine. Each vehicle controller exhibits at least two distance measuring devices, which are designed to acquire the distances covered by the motor vehicle with the respective engine, a current consumption acquisition device, which is designed to acquire the current consumption of the respective engine, and an output device, which is designed to output the acquired distances and acquired current consumption.03-28-2013
20130080020ERROR CAUSE DETECTION OR NARROWING DOWN OF ERRORS WITH THE AID OF ERROR PATTERNS IN THE AIR SYSTEM - A method for monitoring at least one part of an internal combustion engine based on a variable whose values characterize the operation of the part of the internal combustion engine during different states of the internal combustion engine, including: determining an actual pattern with the actual values of the variable during different states of the internal combustion engine which describe the actual operation of the internal combustion engine; providing a reference pattern for a known operation of the internal combustion engine, the reference pattern including reference values of the variable for different states of the internal combustion engine; and comparing the actual pattern to the reference pattern to determine a similarity between the actual operation and the known operation.03-28-2013
20130085652Remote, Bidirectional Communication with an Engine Control Unit - A remote computing device communicates bi-directionally with an on-board computing device disposed in a combustion engine vehicle, wherein the on-board computing device controls a fuel pump of the vehicle. The remote computing device queries for and receives data about the vehicle from the on-board computing device, such as the Vehicle Identification Number, diagnostic information about the vehicle, and/or data about how the vehicle is being driven.04-04-2013
20130041568Fuel off warning - A “Fuel off Warning” system comprising:02-14-2013
20120185145Method and system for actuating at least one actuator - In a method for actuating at least one actuator, two control units and a selection logic are provided, and each of the control units is designed to influence the actuator. Each of the control units performs a self-diagnosis, and each of the control units generates at least one activating signal as a function of the self-diagnosis. The activating signal indicates which of the control units is to be activated. The selection logic activates one of the two control units for influencing the actuator as a function of the activating signals.07-19-2012
20090043475CYLINDER PRESSURE SENSOR DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEM AND METHOD - A control module comprising a cylinder torque determination module that determines an indicated torque for a cylinder in an engine based on a pressure in the cylinder, a cylinder torque balancing module that determines a derivative term for the cylinder based on rotation of a crankshaft, and a cylinder pressure error detection module that detects a pressure error for the cylinder based on the indicated torque and the derivative term. A method comprising determining an indicated torque for a cylinder in an engine based on a pressure in the cylinder, determining a derivative term for the cylinder based on rotation of a crankshaft, and detecting a pressure error for the cylinder based on the indicated torque and the derivative term.02-12-2009
20100004841Method and Device for Monitoring a Functional Capacity of an Engine Controller of an Internal Combustion Engine - In a method for monitoring the functional capacity of an engine controller having a plurality of execution units, a comparison operating mode is provided, in which a torque monitoring program is executed on a plurality of execution units of the system, and signals outputted during the execution of the monitoring program by the execution units are compared with one another in order to recognize an error.01-07-2010
20090306873ELECTRIC FUEL TRANSFER PUMP DIAGNOSTIC - An engine control system having primary and secondary fuel tanks comprises a fuel monitoring module and a transfer pump (TP) diagnostic module. The fuel monitoring module determines a measured fuel level of the secondary fuel tank based on a fuel level signal received from a fuel level sensor when a fuel TP is on for greater than a predetermined time period required for the fuel TP to reduce the measured fuel level from a predetermined fuel level to below the predetermined fuel level. The TP diagnostic module diagnoses a condition of the fuel TP based on the measured fuel level.12-10-2009
20130073173DYNAMIC ESTIMATOR FOR DETERMINING OPERATING CONDITIONS IN AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - Methods and systems are provided for estimating engine performance information for a combustion cycle of an internal combustion engine. Estimated performance information for a previous combustion cycle is retrieved from memory. The estimated performance information includes an estimated value of at least one engine performance variable. Actuator settings applied to engine actuators are also received. The performance information for the current combustion cycle is then estimated based, at least in part, on the estimated performance information for the previous combustion cycle and the actuator settings applied during the previous combustion cycle. The estimated performance information for the current combustion cycle is then stored to the memory to be used in estimating performance information for a subsequent combustion cycle.03-21-2013
20130073172DETECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A detector (03-21-2013
20110015848Method for operating a glow plug - The invention relates to a method for operating a glow plug with running engine, with the engine having a crankshaft and at least one cylinder. An effective voltage is generated from a vehicle electrical system voltage, with the effective voltage being applied to the glow plug. A plurality of measurement values of the combustion chamber pressure prevalent in the cylinder is measured during each working cycle of the cylinder, with the angular position of the crankshaft being determined for each individual measurement value. A characteristic value of the combustion process is determined from the evolution of the combustion chamber pressure measured in relation to the angular position of the crankshaft, and the determined characteristic value is compared with a setpoint value, and the effective voltage is set to a minimum value required for reaching the setpoint value.01-20-2011
20130060445USE OF AN ESTIMATED VOLUMETRIC EFFICIENCY FACTOR FOR ERROR MONITORING IN THE AIR SYSTEM - A device for error monitoring in an internal combustion engine system is provided. The internal combustion engine is supplied with air at a volumetric efficiency indicating the ratio of a real volume flow of air in the internal combustion engine to an ideal, theoretically possible, volume flow of air in the internal combustion engine. The device for error monitoring is configured to determine an error in the engine system when a difference between a measured volumetric efficiency and an estimated volumetric efficiency exceeds a predetermined absolute value.03-07-2013
20130066534SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LIMITING THE ENGINE TORQUE OF A FOUR-WHEEL-DRIVE VEHICLE - A system for limiting engine torque of a four-wheel-drive motor vehicle, including an actuator that is controlled and configured to distribute the engine torque to the drive wheels, a computer calculating at least one variable characteristic of an operation of the vehicle, and a module for limiting the engine torque. In addition, the limitation system includes a mechanism for deactivating the module for limiting the engine torque according to the variable characteristic of the operation of the engine.03-14-2013
20090088942VALVE ASSEMBLY FOR A TWO-STROKE ENGINE - A two-stroke internal combustion engine is disclosed having first and second cylinders having respective exhaust ports. A valve assembly comprises at least one valve actuator. First and second valves are operatively connected to the at least one valve actuator. The first and second valves are each movable between a first position wherein the valve extends a first distance in the respective exhaust port and a second position wherein the valve extends a second distance in the respective exhaust port. A valve connecting member is rigidly connected to the first and second valves and movable therewith via a translational motion while maintaining a substantially constant angular orientation relative to the cylinder block. A position sensor has a first portion connected to the cylinder block and a second portion connected to the valve connecting member. An electronic control unit (ECU) electrically connected to the position sensor.04-02-2009
20100228461CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE - A vehicle control device for a hybrid vehicle, which equipped with at least an internal combustion engine and a rotary electrical machine, that reduces the shock that is imparted to a vehicle when the internal combustion engine starts. The vehicle control device detects the running state of the vehicle and, if it is determined that the internal combustion engine will be started, adjusts the ignition timing according to the running state of the vehicle. The control device also improves the responsiveness of the hybrid vehicle when increased acceleration is required.09-09-2010
20100030446INDEXING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING AN ENGINE PARAMETER - To reduce the complexity of an indicating system 02-04-2010
20100100297METHOD OF REDUCING ICING-RELATED ENGINE MISFIRES - A method of reducing icing-related engine misfires during operation of a vehicle is provided. The vehicle can include an engine and an engine control unit operable for at least partially controlling operation of the engine. The vehicle can further include a plurality of sensors in electrical communication with the engine control unit. The engine can include an air intake system and an exhaust system, wherein the air intake system can include a positive crankcase ventilation valve. The method includes predicting the presence of ice within the air intake system based upon an input to the engine control unit from at least one of the sensors.04-22-2010
20090299599Device for Controlling an Internal Combustion Engine - A device for controlling an internal combustion engine has sensors That measure the operating states of the internal combustion engine. The sensor signals are used for determining control signals for the internal combustion engine. Furthermore, testing means are provided which verify the sensor signals and if implausible sensor signals are detected, control of the internal combustion engine is prevented.12-03-2009
20080249695TORQUE SPLIT STRATEGY FOR A BELT ALTERNATOR STARTER (BAS) HYBRID - A torque control system may include a first module that determines an internal combustion engine (ICE) torque command and an electric machine (EM) torque command based on a propulsion torque request. The torque control system may also include a second module that delays the EM torque command based on a dynamic torque response of the ICE.10-09-2008
20080288153Electronic Throttle Control Remedial Action Desensitization - A control system for an engine comprises a fault determination module and a remedial action control module. The fault determination module generates a fault signal after detecting an infrastructure fault. The remedial action control module directs a throttle valve of the engine to a default position after receiving the fault signal, determines when the throttle valve is moving to the default position, and directs engine shutdown when the throttle valve is not moving to the default position.11-20-2008
20120296546METHOD AND APPARATUS TO DETERMINE A CYLINDER AIR CHARGE FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A method for determining a cylinder air charge for an internal combustion engine includes determining engine operating parameters including an intake air charge density, an engine delta pressure as a ratio of an intake manifold pressure to an exhaust pressure, and an engine speed. An open-throttle volumetric efficiency corresponding to the engine operating parameters is determined, and a closed-throttle volumetric efficiency corresponding to the engine operating parameters is also determined. The cylinder air charge is determined using a selected one of the open-throttle volumetric efficiency and the closed-throttle volumetric efficiency.11-22-2012
20090030585CAM PHASING CONTROL SYSTEM FOR IMPROVING REGENERATION EFFICIENCY - A control system comprises a cam position calculation module that determines intake and exhaust cam positions during operation of an engine. The engine includes a regeneration and fuel cut-off (FCO) mode. A cam position adjustment module generates alternate intake and exhaust cam positions during the regeneration and FCO mode. A cam positioning module positions the intake and exhaust cams based on lower values of the intake and exhaust cam positions and the alternate intake and exhaust cam positions, respectively, during the regeneration and FCO mode.01-29-2009
20110208401METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETECTING A RUNNING INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE IN A HYBRID VEHICLE - In a method for detecting a running internal combustion engine in a hybrid vehicle, the internal combustion engine, as a first drive unit, and a second drive unit contribute toward driving the hybrid vehicle. To determine reliably whether the internal combustion engine is running during hybrid operation, an interference signal is actively introduced into the ongoing operating sequence of the internal combustion engine, and the response of the internal combustion engine to this interference signal is evaluated. If there is no response of the internal combustion engine, it is concluded that the internal combustion engine is not operating.08-25-2011
20090063005METHOD FOR DETERMINING THE COMPOSITION OF A FUEL BLEND - The invention relates to a method for determining the composition of a fuel blend from a first and at least a second fuel to operate an internal combustion engine with at least one combustion chamber, wherein fuel blends of different composition combust at different optimal ignition angles ZW03-05-2009
20090063004REVERSE ENGINE ROTATION DETECTION SYSTEM - A method of determining reverse engine rotation includes calculating a ratio of on time to off time of a camshaft position signal during camshaft rotation, determining whether a predetermined camshaft state has been entered based on said ratio, comparing the most recently determined camshaft state with a predetermined camshaft state pattern for forward engine rotation and determining a engine rotation direction based on said comparison.03-05-2009
20120078485SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING CRANKSHAFT POSITION BASED INDICATED MEAN EFFECTIVE PRESSURE (IMEP) - A system for a vehicle includes a filtering module and an indicated work module. The filtering module generates engine speeds based on positions of teeth of a toothed wheel that rotates with a crankshaft and based on a crankshaft position signal generated by a crankshaft position sensor. The crankshaft position sensor generates the crankshaft position signal based on rotation of the toothed wheel. The indicated work module generates an indicated work for a combustion cycle of a cylinder of an engine based on squares of first and second ones of the engine speeds and outputs the indicated work.03-29-2012
20090259381System for Monitoring Engine Performance of an Engine Via Torque Converter Operating Information - Determining performance of an internal combustion engine coupled to a pump of a torque converter may include determining a rotational speed of the pump, determining a rotational speed of a turbine fluidly coupled to the pump, determining an engine output torque value, corresponding to torque applied by the engine to the pump of the torque converter, as a function of the rotational speed of the pump and the rotational speed of the turbine, and storing the engine output torque value in a memory unit. Alternatively or additionally, engine horsepower may be determined as a function of the engine torque and/or a fuel efficiency of the engine may be determined as a function of the horsepower and fueling rate of the engine. The engine output torque value, horsepower value and/or fuel efficiency may be stored in a memory unit and/or displayed on a display unit.10-15-2009
20100217498ENGINE CONTROL METHOD BASED ON GRAPHIC SIGNATURES - A method of extracting useful information for control of an internal-combustion engine, based on graphic signatures is disclosed. A signal carrying at least information relative to engine operation is acquired. This signal is then converted, for each engine cycle, to a graphic signature translating a set of characteristic features of the signal in a form of a graph which is simple to analyze. At least one attribute of this signature is then determined, from which the pertinent information is estimated by a predetermined relation between the attribute and the information. Finally, the information is used to control the engine08-26-2010
20100241333CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A primary opening amount setting device sets a primary throttle valve opening amount based on an accelerator-pedal operation amount determined by an accelerator operation amount determination device. An injection amount calculation device sets a fuel injection amount based on the primary throttle valve opening amount. A first index value determination device determines a first index value that indicates a state of combustion of an air-fuel mixture in a cylinder of an engine. A secondary opening amount setting device sets a secondary throttle valve opening amount, which is a final target value of an opening amount of a throttle valve, based on the first index value.09-23-2010
20100211285OPERATION MANAGEMENT APPARATUS - Operation management apparatus includes a control section for controlling operation of an internal combustion engine, a storage section for storing data of an integrated operating time of the engine monitored by the control section, and a display section capable of displaying not only operating states of the engine but also an integrated operating time of the internal combustion engine. The control section controls the display section to make a blinking display with a predetermined number of blinks, corresponding to the integrated operating time, at predetermined timing.08-19-2010
20120143459LOW PRESSURE EGR SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING INTAKE AIR LEAKAGE THERETHROUGH - A method for determining intake air leakage in a low pressure EGR system may include a first step of measuring an intake air leaking amount Leak_Air, a second step of determining whether intake air may be leaked by comparing the intake air leaking amount Leak_Air and an intake air leakage determination value Leak_Air_Det with each other, and a third step of notifying leakage information against an intake air leakage when the intake air leakage may be settled.06-07-2012
20090319152METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - The invention relates to a method and a device for controlling an internal combustion engine for which, in the light of performance characteristics, control parameters for at least one control element (12-24-2009
20090319151METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPERATING AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - In an internal combustion engine with several cylinders, at least one cylinder is configured as a reference cylinder to which an active cylinder pressure sensor is allocated. A passive cylinder pressure sensor is allocated to each of the remaining cylinders. At least one actuating member is assigned to the cylinders. A crankshaft angle sensor is provided. During the quasi-stationary operating mode, the cylinder segment durations are equated, by an actuating member engaging in at least one actuating signal allocated to the respective cylinder. Furthermore, during the quasi-stationary operating mode, the measuring signal of the active sensor is allocated to the respective measuring signals of the passive sensors. As a result, the signal processing of the measuring signals of the passive sensors is adjusted depending on the respective measuring signals of the passive sensors captured during the quasi-stationary operating mode and on the allocated measuring signal of the active sensor.12-24-2009
20120143460ENGINE CONTROL APPARATUS FOR WORKING MACHINE - An engine control apparatus includes a governor and a controller which derives a lever operation-related rotational speed control target value derives an accelerator operation-related rotational speed control target value-corresponding to a detected operation amount of the accelerator member, based on an accelerator operation/rotational speed correlation function defining a relationship between the rotational speed control target value and the operation amount of the accelerator member; performs a lower value selection for selecting a lower one of the derived lever operation-related rotational speed control target value and accelerator operation-related rotational speed control target value; and causes the governor to control the rotational speed of the engine such that the rotational speed of the engine is set to the rotational speed control target value selected by the lower value selection.06-07-2012
20080288154System for discrimination of spurious crank encoder signals - A system for discrimination of spurious crankshaft encoder signals. A position encoder connected to an engine crankshaft sends a pulsed signal indicative of crankshaft rotational performance to an engine controller. The controller is programmed to trigger an interrupt service routine (ISR) on every falling or rising edge of each pulse. The ISR calculates and stores the period of each pulse and the period of the previous pulse and calculates the rotational speed and instantaneous acceleration or deceleration of the engine at all times. The controller is further programmed with realistic engine acceleration and deceleration limits and recognizes a next signal only within a time window corresponding to those limits and the engine speed. Signals arriving outside the calculated time window are considered spurious and are rejected. The system improves engine performance by preventing loss of synchronization between spark and fuel injection and piston and valve timing.11-20-2008
20110004391ELECTRICALLY HEATED PARTICULATE FILTER - A control system comprises a particulate matter (PM) filter, an electric heater, a first heating module, and a second heating module. The PM filter includes M zones that filter PM from exhaust gas. The electric heater includes M segments corresponding to the M zones that heat exhaust gas input to selected ones of the M zones when activated. The first heating module activates N of the M segments to heat exhaust gas input to N of the M zones to regenerate the N zones. The second heating module operates in one of a first mode and a second mode to regenerate other ones of the M zones after the N zones are regenerated. The first mode includes adjusting an air-fuel ratio of the exhaust gas. The second mode includes activating other ones of the M segments to heat exhaust gas input to other ones of the M zones.01-06-2011
20110040471ROAD GRADE COORDINATED ENGINE CONTROL SYSTEMS - An engine control system of a vehicle includes a road grade module and a predictive control module. The road grade module detects a grade of a road that is ahead of the vehicle. The predictive control module detects that a first cylinder of an engine of the vehicle is deactivated while a second cylinder of the engine is activated. The predictive control module activates the first cylinder based on the grade.02-17-2011
20110246044CYLINDER PRESSURE SENSOR RESET SYSTEMS AND METHODS - A system for a vehicle includes a cylinder pressure sensor and a control module. The cylinder pressure sensor measures pressure within a cylinder of an engine, generates increases in a cylinder pressure signal based on the pressure, selectively generates a predetermined profile in the cylinder pressure signal, and selectively resets the cylinder pressure signal to a predetermined reset level after generating the predetermined profile in the cylinder pressure signal. The control module receives the cylinder pressure signal, detects the predetermined profile of the cylinder pressure signal, and detects the resetting of the cylinder pressure signal to the predetermined reset level when the predetermined profile is detected.10-06-2011
20110093180Low Power Microwave Vehicle Stopper with Feedback - A low power remote vehicle stopper with feedback that can disable a moving vehicle with low power microwave interruption signal. According to an embodiment of the present invention, a system for disrupting an internal combustion engine is provided. The system includes a receiver for wirelessly receiving an emitted signal from the internal combustion engine, the emitted signal corresponding to an operational parameter of the internal combustion engine, a signal generator for generating an interruption signal in accordance with the emitted signal, and a transmitter for transmitting the interruption signal to disrupt an operation of the internal combustion engine.04-21-2011
20090048756MULTI-MODE 2-STROKE/4-STROKE INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - In a multi-mode, 2-stroke/4-stroke internal combustion engine operation, by switching the engine stroke from 4-stroke operation to 2-stroke operation so that the combustion frequency is doubled, doubling of the engine power is achieved even at the same work output per cycle. In order to meet the demand of extremely high power, the engine operates in 4-stroke boosted SI operation transitioned from 2-stroke HCCI operation at pre-set level of power and crank speed requirements. By combining the multi-stroke (2-stroke HCCI and 4-stroke HCCI) and multi-mode operation (2-stroke HCCI and 4-stroke boosted SI operation), full load range and overall high efficiency with minimal NOx emission are achieved.02-19-2009
20100063705METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE POWER SUPPLY OF A PRE-HEAT PLUG IN AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A method for controlling power supply of a pre-heat plug in an internal combustion engine to reach an ignition temperature for restarting the engine after the engine has stopped. The temperature of the pre-heat plug is determined using a first mathematical model and according to an elapsed engine-stop time, and additional energy to be supplied to the pre-heat plug for reaching the ignition temperature is determined using a second mathematical model and according to the temperature of the pre-heat plug.03-11-2010
20100057323METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A STOP AND AUTOMATIC RESTART DEVICE FOR A THERMAL ENGINE - The invention relates to a method for controlling a stop and automatic restart device for a thermal engine of a vehicle, comprising electric energy storage means and a reversible alternator connected to the thermal engine. The method comprises: comparing (03-04-2010
20100057322DRIVE-BY-WIRE THROTTLE CONTROL APPARATUS - A drive-by-wire throttle control apparatus and method includes a variable resistance sensor. A contact arm can be mechanically connected between a thumb lever and a variable resistance sensor. The variable resistance sensor possesses a resistive film that includes a fixed resistor and a variable resistor configured from a carbon film. As the thumb lever rotates, the contact arm traverses the resistive film, thereby altering the resistance of the variable resistor, determining the position of the thumb lever and thereafter generating a signal based on the sensed position. The signal can be sent to an ECU (Electronic Control Unit) in the form of a varying voltage, which in turn controls the throttle of a vehicle.03-04-2010
20110087418METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OPERATING AN ENGINE USING AN EQUIVALENCE RATIO COMPENSATION FACTOR - A control system and method of controlling operation of an internal combustion engine includes a load determination module that determines an engine load, an equivalence ratio module that determines an equivalence ratio, a correction factor module that generates a correction factor based on the engine load, the equivalence ratio, and the engine speed and an engine operation module that regulates operation of the engine based on the correction factor.04-14-2011
20110071746ASSISTED DIRECT START ENGINE CONTROL FOR ENHANCED LAUNCH PERFORMANCE - A system and method for controlling an internal combustion engine include anticipating vehicle launch in response to vehicle position relative to a traffic stream and controlling automatic restart and shut down in response to an anticipated vehicle launch to prevent an automatic engine shut down or to initiate an automatic engine restart. Embodiments include determining vehicle position and traffic position using GPS coordinates. Automatic restart may be initiated in response to movement of a forward vehicle away from the vehicle or in response to a signal from a traffic control device, for example. Automatic shutdown may be inhibited in response to movement of a forward vehicle in cross traffic, in response to a turn indicator being active, or in response to wheel angle, for example.03-24-2011
20110029216DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SENSORS IN HOMOGENOUS CHARGE COMPRESSION IGINTION ENGINE SYSTEMS - An engine control system for a homogenous charge compression ignition (HCCI) engine includes an airflow determination module and a sensor diagnostic module. The airflow determination module generates a first plurality of estimates of airflow into the HCCI engine when the HCCI engine is operating in a first combustion mode, wherein the first plurality of estimates are based on an intake manifold absolute pressure (MAP), a mass air flow (MAF) rate, and a camshaft position. The sensor diagnostic module determines a state of at least one of a first plurality of sensors based on a predetermined threshold and differences between one of the first plurality of estimates and others of the first plurality of estimates, wherein the first plurality of sensors includes a MAP sensor, a MAF sensor, and a camshaft sensor.02-03-2011
20110178690VARIATION ESTIMATING DEVICE OF OBJECT - The variation estimating device of object is preferably used for estimating the variation of the object with respect to the time axis. The first estimating unit estimates the variation of the object behind the actual variation of the object, and the second estimating unit estimates the variation of the object before the actual variation of the object. Then, the correcting unit performs the correction of one of the first estimating unit and the second estimating unit based on the other, so as to calculate the variation of the object, when the object varies. Therefore, it becomes possible to improve the estimation accuracy of the variation of the object.07-21-2011
20080319630Adaptive air intake manifold valve actuator (IMVA) - The rate of motion of a vehicle air intake valve is measured and used to control the algorithm that controls the valve, such that the control algorithm adapts to the actual conditions in the vehicle as reflected in the actual rate of motion of the valve.12-25-2008
20090118965RESERVE TORQUE MANAGEMENT FOR ENGINE SPEED CONTROL - An engine control module comprises a base reserve module, a power steering reserve module, a reserve torque module, first and second engine actuator modules, and an engine speed control module. The base reserve module determines a base reserve torque. The power steering reserve module determines a power steering reserve torque. The reserve torque module determines a first reserve torque based on the base reserve torque, the power steering reserve torque, and at least one of an oil temperature of an engine and a barometric pressure. The first and second engine actuator modules control first and second actuators of the engine, respectively. The engine speed control module instructs the first engine actuator module to produce a first torque output from the engine and instructs the second engine actuator module to produce a second torque output from the engine.05-07-2009
20090037073POWER ENRICHMENT SCHEDULING FOR COORDINATED TORQUE CONTROL SYSTEM - A control system for an engine of a vehicle includes a requested torque module that determines a first requested torque based on an accelerator pedal position and a current engine torque output capacity. An accelerator effective position module determines an accelerator effective position based on a requested driver axle torque request signal. A power enrichment (PE) module enables a PE mode to provide a richer than stoichiometric fuel equivalence ratio based on the first requested torque and the accelerator effective position.02-05-2009
20110054759METHOD FOR CHECKING THE PLAUSIBILITY OF A TEMPERATURE VALUE IN AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A method for checking the plausibility of a temperature value in an internal combustion engine has the following steps: ascertaining a measurement value (TCO) of the temperature value, ascertaining a model value (TCO_SUB) of the temperature value, comparing the measurement value (TCO) and/or the model value (TCO_SUB) to at least one threshold value (TCOMAX), determining the plausibility of the temperature value as a function of the comparison, and defining the threshold value (TCOMAX) as a function of the temperature value in the internal combustion engine.03-03-2011
20120150414Method And Apparatus For Reconstructing In-Cylinder Pressure And Correcting For Signal Decay - A method comprises steps for reconstructing in-cylinder pressure data from a vibration signal collected from a vibration sensor mounted on an engine component where it can generate a signal with a high signal-to-noise ratio, and correcting the vibration signal for errors introduced by vibration signal charge decay and sensor sensitivity. The correction factors are determined as a function of estimated motoring pressure and the measured vibration signal itself with each of these being associated with the same engine cycle. Accordingly, the method corrects for charge decay and changes in sensor sensitivity responsive to different engine conditions to allow greater accuracy in the reconstructed in-cylinder pressure data. An apparatus is also disclosed for practicing the disclosed method, comprising a vibration sensor, a data acquisition unit for receiving the vibration signal, a computer processing unit for processing the acquired signal and a controller for controlling the engine operation based on the reconstructed in-cylinder pressure.06-14-2012
20100179742ENGINE CHARACTERISTIC ESTIMATION METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - A method for estimating steady state values of engine operating characteristics is provided so that engine control can later be based on the estimated values. An amount of change in a specific engine characteristic (for which the steady state values are to be estimated) is set as a product of an unknown value and a dimensionless known value for predetermined times from when a specific engine control parameter is changed. A value of the specific engine characteristic at a given time is calculated as a sum of the products at the given time, with the products respectively corresponding to plural prior changes in the specific engine control parameter. Unknown values are calculated multiple times based on values of the specific engine characteristic measured in a conformance test, and the steady state values of the specific engine characteristic are estimated.07-15-2010
20100082218STARTER DRIVE ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF STARTING AN ENGINE - A starter drive assembly includes a starter output shaft having a plurality of circumferentially-spaced axial grooves, a clutch assembly, and a barrel assembly. The clutch assembly includes a clutch plate configured to engage the axially grooves of the output shaft such that the output shaft and the clutch plate rotate together during an engine starting operation. The clutch assembly further includes a screw shaft selectively matingly couplable to the clutch plate, wherein the screw shaft is configured to engage the clutch plate during rotation in a first direction and disengage the clutch plate in a second direction such that the screw shaft and the clutch plate rotate together in the first direction. The barrel assembly includes a first end configured to threadably engage the screw shaft, and a second end that includes a pinion gear configured to engage the ring gear during the engine starting operation.04-01-2010
20090292438Circuit Detecting Combustion-Related Variables - In a circuit for and a method of detecting combustion-relevant variables in an internal combustion engine an ionization signal is determined in dependence on the flame. To improve the accuracy of detection the ionisation measurement circuit is connected to the ignition electrode and decoupled from the ignition coil by way of a decoupling means. In the method a voltage potential is built up in a measurement voltage storage unit in the ignition phase with an ignition current. During at least one measurement phase the voltage potential is applied by way of a measurement resistor to an ignition electrode, wherein the ignition voltage is decoupled from the measurement voltage storage unit or from the measurement resistor when the voltage falls below a threshold voltage.11-26-2009
20110191005APPARATUS FOR DETECTING ABNORMAL AIR-FUEL RATIO VARIATION AMONG CYLINDERS OF MULTI-CYLINDER INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - An apparatus for detecting an abnormal air-fuel ratio variation among cylinders of a multi-cylinder internal combustion engine includes: a catalyst that is arranged in an exhaust passage of the multi-cylinder internal combustion engine; a catalyst temperature detecting unit that detects a temperature of the catalyst; and an abnormality detecting unit that detects an abnormal air-fuel ratio variation among the cylinders on the basis of the detected catalyst temperature, wherein the abnormality detecting unit calculates a temperature parameter on the basis of the detected catalyst temperature, and the abnormality detecting unit detects the abnormal air-fuel ratio variation among the cylinders on the basis of the temperature parameter at the time when a predetermined period of time has elapsed after a cold start of the internal combustion engine.08-04-2011
20110264351Speed Control Structure and Method for Work Vehicle - A load control structure for a work vehicle comprises: set rotation speed detection device for detecting a set rotation of an engine of the work vehicle; actual rotation speed detection device that senses an actual rotational speed of the engine; continuously variable speed change device that receives power from an engine of the work vehicle; speed change position detecting device for detecting a speed change operation position of the continuously variable speed change device; operating device for speed-shifting the continuously variable speed change device; control device for controlling the operation of the operating device; wherein the control device calculates a drop amount of the actual engine rotation speed from the set rotation speed based on the detected information from the set rotation speed detection device and the actual rotation speed detection device, and sets a limit operation position for the continuously variable speed change device based on the calculated drop amount and a correlation data that correlates the actual engine rotation speeds with operating positions of the continuously variable speed change device, and controls the operating device such that the operating position of the continuously variable speed change device moves to the limit operating position based on the set limit operating position and detected information from the speed change position detecting device, and wherein the control device has command device for commanding a change of the correlation data.10-27-2011
20110118951Control Device for Internal Combustion Engine - When the variation of the KCS learning value is large, an ISC learning control is performed in a learning acceleration mode in which the amount of the ISC learning update is large and the ISC learning is performed at high speed. By thus performing the ISC learning control in the learning acceleration mode in which the ISC learning is performed at high speed, the ISC learning control can quickly follow up a great variation of the KCS learning value, and the time required for the ISC control value to converge to the most suitable one can be shortened. With this, the ISC learning control performed during idling of a hybrid car can be completed in a short time, and the fuel consumption enhancement effect by idling stop can be heightened.05-19-2011
20120022762FAULT DETECTION AND RESPONSE TECHNIQUES - Systems and methods for detecting, predicting and/or responding to faults are disclosed. In one form, a sensor can be operatively coupled to an engine system having a component and a control system is coupled to the sensor. The sensor can be structured to monitor the engine system and generate corresponding sensor information. The control system can be structured to: generate an operational signature based on the sensor information, estimate whether a fault (e.g., a mechanical fault of the component and/or a performance fault of the engine system) exists based on the operational signature, determine an engine operating mode adjustment if the fault exists and output the engine operating mode adjustment to an output device. Systems and methods for increasing the accuracy by which faults are detected and/or predicted are also disclosed. The engine operating mode adjustment can be applied to protect engine system components from being undesirably damaged to faults.01-26-2012
20090259380METHOD FOR MANAGING A TORQUE APPLIED TO AN OUTPUT SHAFT OF A COMBUSTION ENGINE WHEN ONE COMBUSTION CHAMBER IS DEACTIVATED, AND CORRESPONDING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - A method for managing a torque applied to an output shaft of a combustion engine, the combustion engine including combustion chambers, in each of which there is mounted a piston connected to the output shaft in order to apply a torque to it, the output shaft being connected to a rotary machine associated with a management member. The method involves detecting conditions of deactivation of one combustion chamber and controlling the rotary machine so as to apply to the output shaft, prior to the deactivation of one combustion chamber, a compensating torque which tends to cause a resultant torque applied to the output shaft to tend towards a deactivation torque applied by the combustion engine to the output shaft after deactivation of the combustion chamber.10-15-2009
20120109487CONTROL SYSTEM IMPLEMENTING DERATE BASED ON AIR CHARACTERISTICS - A control system for a machine is disclosed. The control system may have an engine configured to combust a mixture of fuel and air and generate a mechanical power output and a flow of exhaust, and a sensor configured to generate a signal indicative of the machine moving between zones having different air characteristics. The control system may also have a controller in communication with the engine and the sensor. The controller may be configured to selectively adjust operation of the engine based on the signal in an amount related to the air characteristics.05-03-2012
20110106393FUEL DELIVERY SYSTEM CONTROL STRATEGY - A method for a fuel delivery system coupled to an engine is disclosed, the fuel delivery system including a lower pressure pump (LPP) fluidly coupled upstream of a higher pressure pump (HPP). The method may include during operation of both the HPP and LPP, adjusting operation of the LPP in response to pressure fluctuations at an inlet of the HPP.05-05-2011
20110106392METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETECTING A FAULT DURING CATALYST LIGHT-OFF - A system and method for controlling engine operation includes a timer module that determines a time period from when a catalyst light-off mode is entered to when an oxygen sensor signal reaches an oxygen sensor threshold and a comparison module that generates an error signal and determines when the time period is above a time threshold.05-05-2011
20120123662METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ENGINE EMISSION CONTROL - Methods and systems are provided for operating an engine having a plurality of notch settings. One example method comprises, during a first notch setting, adjusting engine injection timing in a first proportion to an increasing temperature, and during a second notch setting higher than the first notch setting, adjusting engine injection timing in a second proportion to the increasing temperature, the second proportion lower than the first proportion.05-17-2012
20120215418System for Monitoring Component of Operating Machine - A working machine is provided with a plurality of exchangeable components, and each component is provided with a wireless tag. A component ID is stored in advance in the wireless tag. When, on the side of the working machine, a component exchange timing or an engine starting timing is detected, the component ID stored in the wireless tag is acquired, and is transmitted to a working machine management device. The working machine management device checks the component ID which has been received from the working machine and a component ID which is stored in a component ID storage means against one another. And, if these two component IDs do not match one another, an abnormal state detection means outputs a warning signal.08-23-2012
20110184624GAS DETECTION DEVICE - The present invention relates to a gas detection device (07-28-2011
20120173117COMBUSTION STATE DETERMINATION METHOD FOR SPARK-IGNITED INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - Provided is a method for determining a combustion state of a spark-ignited internal combustion engine including an ignition plug to ignite a fuel-air mixture by a plasma generated by a reaction between a spark discharge generated by a high voltage applied through an ignition coil connected to the ignition plug and an electric field generated in a combustion chamber. In the method, a change in a secondary voltage secondarily generated in the ignition plug after the spark discharge in association with the spark discharge is detected. A case where the change in the detected secondary voltage deviates from a predetermined range is determined as an occurrence of misfire. This enables detection of a misfire state without being hindered from an ion current due to the plasma remaining in the combustion chamber.07-05-2012
20120173116AIR-FUEL RATIO IMBALANCE DETERMINING APPARATUS AMONG CYLINDERS FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - An air-fuel ratio imbalance among cylinders determining apparatus according to the present invention obtains an output Vabyfs of an air-fuel ratio sensor disposed at a portion downstream of an exhaust gas aggregated portion of an exhaust gas passage, and obtains a second-order differential value d2AF (a change rate of a change rate of a detected air-fuel ratio abyfs) of a detected air-fuel ratio abyfs represented by the air-fuel ratio sensor output Vabyfs. The imbalance determining apparatus determines that an air-fuel ratio imbalance state among cylinders is occurring when a detected air-fuel ratio second-order differential corresponding value (for example, a second-order differential value d2AF per se) obtained in accordance with the second-order differential value d2AF is larger than a first threshold value.07-05-2012
20120173115AIR-FUEL RATIO IMBALANCE AMONG CYLINDERS DETERMINING APPARATUS FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - An air-fuel ratio imbalance among cylinders determining apparatus according to the present invention comprises an air-fuel ratio sensor having a protective cover and an air-fuel ratio detection element accommodated in the protective cover, and imbalance determining means. The imbalance determining means obtains a detected air-fuel ratio abyfs based on an output Vabyfs of the air-fuel ratio sensor every elapse of a constant sampling time ts, and obtains, as an indicating amount of air-fuel ratio change rate, a difference (detected air-fuel ratio change rate ΔAF) between a present detected air-fuel ratio abyfs which is newly detected and a previous air-fuel ratio abyfsold which was detected the sampling time ts ago, an average of the detected air-fuel ratio change rate ΔAF, and the like. The imbalance determining means determines that the air-fuel ratio imbalance among cylinders state is occurring, when a magnitude of the indicating amount of air-fuel ratio change rate is larger than an imbalance determination threshold.07-05-2012
20120179353METHOD OF MONITORING AN ENGINE COOLANT SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE - A method of monitoring an engine coolant system includes modeling the total energy stored within an engine coolant. If an actual temperature of the engine coolant is below a minimum target temperature, the modeled total energy stored within the energy coolant is compared to a maximum stored energy limit to determine if sufficient energy exists within the engine coolant to heat the engine coolant to a temperature equal to or greater than the minimum target temperature. The engine coolant system fails the diagnostic check when the modeled total energy stored within the energy coolant is greater than the maximum stored energy limit, and the minimum target temperature has not been reached.07-12-2012
20120232769VEHICLE RANK DISTINCTION DEVICE FOR VEHICLE AND TRAVEL SOUND GENERATOR DEVICE - A signal processing circuit inputs a signal from a rotation speed sensor for detecting a rotation speed of the engine. The signal processing circuit further inputs at least one of a noise signal, which is from a noise detection unit for detecting a noise caused by combustion in an engine equipped to a vehicle, a control signal, which is for controlling a fuel injection valve and/or an igniter of the engine, and a combustion state signal, which is from a combustion state sensor for detecting a combustion state of the engine. A distinction circuit distinguishes a vehicle rank of the vehicle equipped with the engine, according to the rotation speed and the at least one of the noise signal, the control signal, and the combustion state signal.09-13-2012
20080300767Emissions Control - A system for controlling a multiple cylinder internal combustion engine is presented. The system operates a first portion of cylinders in a homogeneous charge compression ignition (HCCI) mode and a second portion of cylinders in a non-HCCI mode, and uses an engine controller that is coupled to the first and second portions of cylinders to electronically actuate valves to hold a combusted air and fuel charge in the second portion of cylinders, and exhaust the combusted air and fuel charge to adjust the residual air-to-fuel ratio of the engine.12-04-2008
20120330529ENGINE AUTO STOP AND AUTO START STRATEGIES - An automotive vehicle includes an engine and at least one controller. The at least one controller receives information about steering angle velocity or steering input torque during an engine auto stop event, and determines whether to allow the engine to auto stop based on the received information.12-27-2012
20120271528METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR THE DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION OF OPTIMAL MULTIVARIABLE MODEL PREDICTIVE CONTROLLERS FOR FAST-SAMPLING CONSTRAINED DYNAMIC SYSTEMS - Methods and systems for the design and implementation of optimal multivariable MPC controllers for fast-sampling constrained dynamic systems utilizing a primal-dual feasibility approach and/or a graph approach. The primal-dual feasibility approach can compute and store matrices defining constraints of quadratic programming problems in an off-line part in order to calculate vectors of Lagrange multipliers and an optimizer. Then primal-dual feasibility can be checked in an on-line part using the Lagrange multipliers and the optimizer can provide a unique optimal solution for the constrained dynamic system. The graph approach can compute and store the matrices and the vectors, and also prepare and store a structure of directed graph in off-line part. An optimizer for a given parameter vector can be determined in on-line part using the directed graph, the matrices and the vectors.10-25-2012
20130013165VARIABLE DISPLACEMENT ENGINE DIAGNOSTICS - Methods and systems are provided for monitoring cylinder valve deactivation in an engine operating with a plurality of cylinder valves. One example method comprises indicating valve degradation based on an indication of manifold pressure over a plurality of immediately successive induction events of the engine, the indication responsive to increases and decreases in the indication of manifold pressure correlated to the induction events of engine cylinders and further correlated to whether cylinders are commanded to be activated or deactivated.01-10-2013
20130173136APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING VEHICLE-DRIVING INFORMATION IN MOBILE TERMINAL - An apparatus for displaying vehicle-driving information in a mobile terminal is provided. The apparatus includes an input/output unit for receiving information about a vehicle; a calculator for calculating an average of driving histories of the vehicle in units of predetermined time based on the received information; and a display for displaying the calculated average.07-04-2013
20080228371Device for Determining the Position of an Internal Combustion Engine09-18-2008
20110270504EXHAUST AND COMPONENT TEMPERATURE ESTIMATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS - An exhaust control system comprises a nominal specific heat module, a correction module, a specific heat determination module, and a convective loss estimation module. The nominal specific heat module determines a nominal specific heat of exhaust input to a component of an exhaust system based on a temperature of the exhaust input to the component and based on a predetermined oxygen content. The correction module determines a specific heat correction based on an oxygen content measured by a sensor. The specific heat determination module determines a specific heat of the exhaust based on the nominal specific heat and the specific heat correction. The convection loss estimation module estimates a convective energy loss rate associated with the component based on the specific heat.11-03-2011
20130096801METHOD AND CONTROL UNIT FOR OPERATING A LINE CIRCUIT FOR WASTE HEAT UTILIZATION OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A method for operating a line circuit (04-18-2013
20130131952System for Monitoring Component of Operating Machine - A working machine is provided with a plurality of exchangeable components, and each component is provided with a wireless tag. A component ID is stored in advance in the wireless tag. When, on the side of the working machine, a component exchange timing or an engine starting timing is detected, the component ID stored in the wireless tag is acquired, and is transmitted to a working machine management device. The working machine management device checks the component ID which has been received from the working machine and a component ID which is stored in a component ID storage means against one another. And, if these two component IDs do not match one another, an abnormal state detection means outputs a warning signal.05-23-2013
20100280734METHOD AND APPARATUS TO ENCODE FUEL USE DATA WITH GPS DATA AND TO ANALYZE SUCH DATA - System and method for analyzing position data and fuel injector data from a vehicle equipped with a geographical position system (GPS) and fuel injector sensors to enable fuel use patterns of the vehicle to be analyzed. Data defining a flow of fuel through the vehicle's fuel injectors is combined with temporal data and GPS data to produce fuel use encoded GPS data that is transmitted to a remote computer. The fuel use encoded GPS data can be analyzed to determine how much fuel was used by the vehicle during off road use to enable proper fuel tax computations to be performed. The data can also be used to evaluate the mechanical condition of a vehicle. By monitoring fuel use for a trip repeated numerous times, a decrease in fuel efficiency may indicate a mechanical problem (dirty injectors, fouled spark plugs, etc).11-04-2010
20130103284SYSTEM FOR MONITORING THE COOLANT LEVEL AND THE TEMPERATURE OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - The present invention relates to a non-invasive engine guard system, which comprises: a) at least one ultrasonic sensor for providing data representing the cooling fluid level in a coolant hose, wherein said coolant hose connects between said engine and a radiator; b) a temperature sensor for monitoring” whether the temperature of said engine or said coolant hose is not above a predetermined level; c) attaching means for externally attaching said ultrasonic sensor and said temperature sensor on top of said coolant hose; d) an electronic unit for controlling said system, processing said data, and for generating information related to the temperature and the cooling fluid level in said coolant hose.04-25-2013
20130158832OPERATIONS SUPPORT SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CALCULATING AND EVALUATING ENGINE EMISSIONS - In accordance with an exemplary embodiment, an operations support system for an engine is provided. A diagnostics unit is configured to receive engine data from the engine and to generate condition indicators based on the engine data using a thermodynamic model, the thermodynamic model being based on component maps associated with the engine. An emissions calculation unit is coupled to the diagnostic unit and configured to calculate emissions information for the engine based on the condition indicators. A graphical user interface is coupled to the emissions calculation unit and configured to display the emissions information.06-20-2013
20130184962Detection System For Front-Mounted Mid-PTO Driven Implements - A detection system for front-mounted mid-PTO driven implements includes a sensor positioned adjacent a shaft connected between a mid-PTO driveshaft and a front mounted-implement. A controller may be electrically connected to the sensor, to a fuel pump solenoid, and to a reverse sense switch that indicates to the controller if a reverse pedal is actuated. When the controller receives a signal indicating the reverse pedal is actuated, the controller does not shut off the fuel pump solenoid if the controller also receives pulse signals from the sensor within a specified frequency range based on a desired PTO speed, but shuts off the fuel pump solenoid if the controller does not receive pulse signals from the sensor or receives pulse signals from the sensor outside the specified frequency range,07-18-2013
20130184964METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR 3-D ACCELEROMTER BASED SLOPE DETERMINATION, REAL-TIME VEHICLE MASS DETERMINATION, AND VEHICLE EFFICIENCY ANALYSIS - Three dimensional accelerometer data is used to determine a slope the vehicle is traveling over at a specific point in time. The slope data can then be combined with other metrics to provide an accurate, slope corrected vehicle mass. The vehicle mass can then be used along with other vehicle data to determine an amount of work performed by a vehicle, enabling s detailed efficiency analysis of the vehicle to be performed. To calculate slope, horizontal ground speed (V07-18-2013
20130184965METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR 3-D ACCELEROMETER BASED SLOPE DETERMINATION, REAL-TIME VEHICLE MASS DETERMINATION, AND VEHICLE EFFICIENCY ANALYSIS - Three dimensional accelerometer data is used to determine a slope the vehicle is traveling over at a specific point in time. The slope data can then be combined with other metrics to provide an accurate, slope corrected vehicle mass. The vehicle mass can then be used along with other vehicle data to determine an amount of work performed by a vehicle, enabling s detailed efficiency analysis of the vehicle to be performed. To calculate slope, horizontal ground speed (V07-18-2013
20130184963FUEL SYSTEM BLOCKAGE DETECTION AND BLOCKAGE LOCATION IDENTIFICATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS - A system for a vehicle includes a first pressure module and a blockage indication module. The first pressure module receives a signal from a pressure sensor that measures pressure within a fuel vapor purge system. The first pressure module generates a first pressure based on the signal at a first time and generates a second pressure based on the signal at a second time. The second time is after the first time. The blockage indication module indicates whether a blockage is present in the fuel vapor purge system between the pressure sensor and a fuel tank based on a difference between the first and second pressures.07-18-2013
20120004821TORQUE ESTIMATING SYSTEM FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A torque estimating system for an internal combustion engine including a plurality of cylinders is provided that is capable of accurately estimating torque for each cylinder.01-05-2012
20130197775ENGINE RESPONSE ADJUSTMENT - Methods and systems are provided for adjusting an engine output delivered in response to an operator pedal actuation based at least on a grade of vehicle travel. During uphill travel, in the presence of headwinds, and/or in the presence of a vehicle payload, the output may be increased while during downhill travel or in the presence of tailwinds, the output may be decreased. In this way, driver fatigue during travel over varying elevations, varying ambient conditions, and varying loads can be reduced.08-01-2013
20130197776SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR UTILIZING TELEMATICS DATA TO IMPROVE FLEET MANAGEMENT OPERATIONS - According to various embodiments, a fleet management system is provided for capturing, storing, and analyzing telematics data to improve fleet management operations. The fleet management system may be used, for example, by a shipping entity (e.g., a common carrier) to capture telematics data from a plurality of vehicle sensors located on various delivery vehicles and to analyze the captured telematics data. In particular, various embodiments of the fleet management system are configured to analyze engine idle data in relation to other telematics data in order to identify inefficiencies, safety hazards, and theft hazards in a driver's delivery process. The fleet management system may also be configured to assess various aspects of vehicle performance, such as vehicle travel delays and vehicle speeds. These analytical capabilities allow the fleet management system to assist fleet managing entities, or other entities, in analyzing driver performance, reducing fuel and maintenance costs, and improving route planning.08-01-2013
20090276137METHOD TO INCLUDE FAST TORQUE ACTUATORS IN THE DRIVER PEDAL SCALING FOR CONVENTIONAL POWERTRAINS - An engine control system comprises a pedal torque determination module, a driver interpretation module, and an actuation module. The pedal torque determination module determines a zero pedal torque based on a desired engine torque at a zero accelerator pedal position and a minimum torque limit for an engine system. The driver interpretation module determines a driver pedal torque based on the zero pedal torque and an accelerator pedal position. The actuation module controls at least one of a throttle area, spark timing, and a fuel command based on the driver pedal torque.11-05-2009

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