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For as long as we can remember, the Ford Mustang has been made available with a V6 engine. However, the Mustang’s venerable 3.7-liter V6 is being dropped altogether for the 2018 model year, having been completely supplanted by the 2.0-liter EcoBoost inline-4. For reference, the outgoing 3.7-liter V6 produces 300HP @ 6500 RPM and 280 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 RPM. The turbocharged four-cylinder generates 310HP at 5,500 RPM and 320 lb-ft of torque at 3,000 RPM. Ford hasn’t released pricing for the 2018 Mustang yet, so we don’t know if dropping the V6 will mean a significant increase in the base price... Read more...
Ford is moving forward with its autonomous vehicle aspirations, and the latest piece to the puzzle is a next generation hardware suite that makes this feat possible. Ford has introduced next generation self-driving hardware, and it’s installed on the mid-cycle refresh of the popular Ford Fusion Hybrid mid-size sedan. While Ford is giving us an early scoop right now, it will be unveiled to the public next week at CES 2017. This time around, Ford has increased processing power, allowing the vehicles to process data faster and filter information coming from the bevy of sensors and cameras scattered... Read more...
Ford just unveiled its next generation driver assistance technologies for “stress-free parking, collision avoidance, [and] wrong way driving," which should go a long way towards making driving even more convenient and safer for all. Scott Lindstrom, manager for driver-assist and active safety at Ford, remarked, “Driver-assist technologies help us all be better drivers because they enhance our ability to see and sense the road around us. "Ford’s investment in research and development is paying off by accelerating innovation to expand our portfolio of driver-assist technologies that deliver functionality... Read more...
Ford has announced some pretty big news for its 2017 vehicle lineup. Earlier in the year, the Dearborn, Michigan-based company announced that Android Auto and CarPlay would be coming to all of its 2017 model year vehicles equipped with SYNC 3. Today, Ford expanded on that previous announcement to state that all of its 2017 model year vehicles will support SYNC 3, Android Auto, and CarPlay. That means each and every 2017 model year car, light truck, and SUV will be able to support the latest smartphone-based infotainment solutions from Google and Apple. Customers who don’t want to take advantage... Read more...
Uber customers may be comfortable with the idea of being shuttled around by a human driver, but what if in the future those human drivers were replaced with computers? Fully autonomous/self-driving production vehicles are definitely going to be hitting our roads within the next decade, so it makes sense that Uber would be looking to embrace the technology. Uber’s autonomous vehicles are currently being developed at the company’s Advanced Technologies Center (ATC) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. That’s where you’ll find the company’s modified Ford Fusion Hybrid roaming the streets. In its current prototype... Read more...
It looks as though Tesla Motors and General Motors are about to get some competition in the 200-mile electric vehicle (EV) arena from an unlikely competitor: Ford. We say “unlikely” because just last week when announcing that the 2017 Ford Focus Electric will get a range boost from 76 miles to even 100 miles, Kevin Layden, Ford's director of electrification programs and engineering, shot down the notion that the company would produce a 200-mile EV. "I think right now with the launch of the Focus Electric at 100 miles, it is going to satisfy a big chunk of the population," said Layden. He went on... Read more...
Where autonomous driving is concerned, two things are certain: it's going to be a big part of our future, and companies like Google want that future to get here as soon as possible. Last month, we reported on Google's proposal to the government which highlighted reasons why the allowance of autonomous vehicles on our roads should happen sooner rather than later. In effect, Google believes that if a self-driving car can pass the same driving tests that humans must pass, then they should stand the same exact chance of being allowed on the road. It's hard to fault that logic. Fast-forward to today,... Read more...
Imagine trying to drive at night in a secluded area with the headlights turned off. It's not something anyone should be attempting, though that's the condition Ford tested its self-driving Fusion Hybrid, and it did surprisingly well. With the headlights disabled, the Fusion Hybrid successfully navigated desert roads, highlighting the effectiveness of Ford's LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology. Don't worry, Ford isn't out in the wild testing its fleet of cars in dangerous conditions where you might run into one. This latest test took place at Ford's Arizona Proving Ground, a non-public... Read more...
Have you ever found yourself at night behind a large crossover or a minivan with large display screens hanging from the ceiling (usually playing some Disney movie or other child-centric content)? While it provides tiny tots with something to occupy their attention when traveling, the moving images can be somewhat distracting to following motorists. Well, Ford is looking to up the ante and has patented a "autonomous vehicle entertainment system" that truly brings a living room movie experience to your car. Ford’s patent, which was granted on March 1st, features a large projector screen that unfurls... Read more...
Building a self-driving vehicle that can cruise city roadways on sunny days is one thing, but an autonomous vehicle that can handle slippery conditions like snow and ice laden streets? That would be quite the technical feat, though not fiction -- Ford is currently conducting its first autonomous vehicle tests in snow. There's arguably no better place to do that than Mcity, a 32-acre, full-scale simulated real-world urban environment at the University of Michigan. Mcity provides a realistic driving environment that's isolated from the population at large, including police officers. It's a place... Read more...
Long gone are the days when a tape deck and digital display constituted a fancy in-car stereo system. In today's connected world, dashboard entertainment is becoming ever more sophisticated and convenient, a fact that's highlighted by Ford expanding its SYNC connectivity system to include support for Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 4G LTE, and several new AppLink apps. In North America, each and every 2017 Ford vehicle equipped with SYNC 3 is getting support for CarPlay and Android Auto, starting with the new Ford Escape. Support will also come for owners of 2016 model Ford cars equipped with SYNC... Read more...
As it stands, there are multiple entities working on autonomous vehicle technologies, though none of them have released anything commercially. That's really the end goal, or at least one of them, and it may come sooner than you think. Working towards that goal. Google and Ford are set to form a partnership that work towards creating an autonomous ride sharing business.Nothing is yet official -- all the information that exists on the joint venture is coming from "three sources familiar with the plans" who spoke with Yahoo Autos. According to those sources, the two industry titans will announce the... Read more...
Ford Motor Company is rolling the dice on electric vehicles with a monstrous investment. How monstrous? Try $4.5 billion, which is how much the auto maker has committed to spending in order to put 13 new electric vehicles on roadways by 2020, including a new year model Focus Electric with all-new DC fast-charge capability. It's a big bet on electric that represents Ford's largest ever electrified vehicle investment in a five-year period. Once complete, more than 40 percent of Ford's global nameplates will come in electric versions. It will also see the expansion of Ford's EV offerings to growing... Read more...
Everyone hates a backseat driver. You know, the person that’s looking over your shoulder, keeping an eye on your speed and pointing out everything “wrong” that you’re doing behind the wheel. Well, given how much technology that is being crammed into automobiles these days, it’s not human passengers that we have to worry about: it’s the HAL 9000 computers that are monitoring every important subsystem in your late model vehicle. Take the case of Cathy Bernstein, for example. The 57-year-old woman made an absolutely boneheaded play by rear-ending another vehicle and then fleeing the scene. Bernstein,... Read more...
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