Ford Motor had 210 patents in future of work during Q4 2023. Ford Motor Co filed patents for a vehicle transmission system with a heat exchanger controlled by a controller, remote power supply systems for auxiliary devices, a seat assembly with a retraction mechanism, a method for calibrating cameras in autonomous vehicles, and a vehicle control assist system that adjusts settings based on operator behavior data using machine learning. GlobalData’s report on Ford Motor gives a 360-degreee view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Ford Motor grant share with future of work as a theme is 37% in Q4 2023. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Transmission fluid temperature control system (Patent ID: US20230407963A1)

The patent filed by Ford Motor Co. describes a vehicle system that includes a heat exchanger, a transmission with primary and secondary fluid circuits, and a valve controlled by a controller. The controller is programmed to adjust the flow of fluid between the circuits based on the temperature of the fluid. When the fluid temperature is outside the desired range, the valve opens to direct the fluid towards the heat exchanger, and when the temperature is within the desired range, the valve closes to isolate the fluid. Additionally, the controller can adjust the valve position based on vehicle speed and powertrain torque commands to regulate heat transfer and maintain the fluid temperature within the desired range.

The vehicle system also includes sensors to detect the temperature of the fluid, ambient air, and secondary fluid, allowing the controller to further adjust the valve position based on these temperatures. By controlling the flow rate of the fluid between the primary and secondary circuits, the system can effectively manage heat transfer within the vehicle, ensuring optimal performance and efficiency. Overall, the patent outlines a sophisticated system that utilizes a combination of sensors, valves, and controllers to regulate fluid flow and maintain the temperature of the vehicle components within the desired range, ultimately improving the overall operation of the vehicle.

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