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In these days filled with visions of cars that will soon drive themselves and cars that will be able to fly (no word yet on cars that can fly themselves, though that also seems inevitable), the news of a technology that will help drivers ensure that they do not exceed speed limits may seem somewhat anticlimactic. That said, Ford has developed just such a technology and is planning to put it into cars in 2015.    Intelligent Speed Limiter, Ford's new speed-limiting technology, brings together two Ford technologies already in use — Traffic Sign Recognition and Adjustable Speed... Read more...
Technology in the auto industry is a blessing that might become a curse according to Ford CEO Mark Fields. Speaking in Bochum, Germany about the new technology that has flooded the market, Fields pointed to the dangers of competing with unconventional players and warned that the auto industry could “end up like the handset business,” in which phone makers are somewhat beholden to wireless service providers.Ford's new Focus RS.“There are others who we never thought five years ago would be competitors for us,” Fields said, according to Reuters. “Guess what, they are looking at our industry, not taking... Read more...
We learned in mid-December that the Ford Focus RS would be heading to America, much to the delight of auto enthusiasts from coast to coast. Up until this point, the “hottest” Ford hatch available to U.S. customers has been the Focus ST which sends 252hp and 270 ft-lbs of torque to the front wheels. Today, we get our first official look at the all-new Focus RS and while it doesn’t quite reach the crazy 350hp figures that were rumored earlier, it’s still an impressive beast. A 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that will produce “well in excess of 315 horsepower” powers the Focus RS. The engine... Read more...
Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios used the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan to announce that Forza Motorsport 6 is currently in development and will race over to the Xbox One console as an exclusive sometime this year. Not only that, but it will also feature the newly unveiled Ford GT as its cover car. Ford and it's newest vehicles will be featured prominently in Forza Motorsport 6. In addition to the Ford GT, Forza Motorsport 6 will also allow games to drive Ford's Shelby GT350 Mustang and F-150 Raptor, both of which Ford debuted earlier today at the auto show. "Just as... Read more...
Be still my heart! Ford just dropped a bombshell on the audience at the Detroit Auto Show with the reveal of its latest supercar: the GT. Words just can describe how jaw-droppingly beautiful this car is from its flowing lines, to the way the roof blends into the rear fenders via a “wing”. It’s… simply… breathtaking. But enough gushing over the gorgeous design; let’s get down to what’s powering this delicious piece of hot hardware. Rather than being powered by a supercharged 5.4-liter V8 — like the previous generation GT that debuted roughly a decade ago — the new GT makes use of a twin-turbocharged,... Read more...
The hot hatch market is about to get a whole lot hotter. U.S. enthusiasts have plenty of relatively powerful hatchbacks to choose from these days with entries ranging from the Mini Cooper S to the Fiat 500 Arbarth to the Ford Focus ST. The most powerful of those aforementioned vehicles is the Focus ST, which packs in a turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that generates 252hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. Needless to say, enthusiasts have flocked to the Focus ST in droves (and to its smaller, Fiesta ST sibling). But being that we auto enthusiasts are never satisfied when it comes to... Read more...
Ford has been circling the drains in quality rankings by customers in recent years, mainly due to issues with its MyFord Touch in-car infotainment system. The touchscreen-based interface has drawn the ire of many drivers and automobile reviewers alike, and the auto manufacturer has done much of the past few years to address lingering performance and usability issues. Drivers have experienced frequent system reboots, frozen screens, and poorly-responding haptic controls — not something that driver wants to experience while the vehicle is in motion. Ford has rolled out a slew of updates to address... Read more...
We’ve seen it time and time again where cops will be speeding down a highway for no apparent reason. Such actions represent a hazard to the general public and, to help curb such activities, Ford is providing technology that will allow law enforcement supervisors to track their officers and see how they are driving. The system, called Ford Telematics for Law Enforcement, has been developed by Ford and a software firm called Telogis for the Police Interceptor Explorer and Taurus models. Currently, 50 Los Angeles Police Department cruisers have been outfitted with transmitters that will send... Read more...
In what qualifies as one of those, 'Are you freaking serious?' moments, the Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies (AARC) is suing auto makers Ford and GM for selling cars with technology to rip music from CDs. The feature that has the AARC in a tizzy is called Jukebox, which records songs from CDs to the infotainment system's hard drive, a feature that's been available on Ford vehicles since at least 2011. AARC is a non-profit organization representing more than 300,000 music artists. Like the RIAA, these types of copyright organizations have largely turned a blind eye to ripping music for... Read more...
The race to develop a driverless car is on, driven in large part by the efforts of Google, although plenty of other companies such as Intel and Ford are investing heavily into developing such technology as well. You can count Nissan as one major car maker that’s in the fray, as CEO Carlos Ghosn revealed the company’s plans to reporters in Tokyo. Nissan has a roadmap for a nearly autonomous car by 2020. By 2016, Nissan will have vehicles that can self-park; by 2018, they’ll be able to change lanes without driver intervention, and by 2020 they’ll be able to navigate intersections... Read more...
As we dive deeper into the era of the so-called "Internet of Things" (IoT), some exciting things are happening. One of them is a joint collaboration between Ford and Intel to make automobiles more connected, which would include the ability to remotely view what's happening inside your vehicle using a smartphone app, as well as give or deny permission to guest drivers. Those are just two examples of what could come out of Project Mobii. Mobii stands for Mobile Interior Imaging, and just like it sounds, Ford and Intel are exploring ways how interior-facing cameras sporting sensor technology and various... Read more...
At first glance, Ford Motor Company and Samsung SDI may seem like an odd couple, but together they're working on a hybrid battery technology that could eventually be mass produced on non-hybrid vehicles for better fuel savings. The collaborative technology is part of a 10-year research effort and involves a dual-battery system that combines a lithium-ion battery with a 12-volt lead-acid battery. By combining the two, it could enable regenerative braking technology in non-hybrid vehicles for improved fuel efficiency, and could one day render traditional lead-acid batteries an obsolete technology.... Read more...
Shortly after Steve Ballmer announced his plans to step down as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Microsoft, the search began in earnest to replace him and one name that kept coming up was Alan Mulally, CEO of Ford who is contractually obligated to remain with his company through 2014. Had he been offered the job at Microsoft, there's no doubt Mulally would have been able to buy out his contract, but up until recently, it was all speculation. Apparently tired of fielding the same question over and over, Mulally finally addressed the giant elephant in the room. His answer? According to an article... Read more...
Don’t look now, but the solar-powered car is making a comeback. Ford announced the C-MAX Solar Energi Concept, a sporty-looking hatchback whose roof is lined with solar panels. The idea is that the car will offer “the best of a plug-in hybrid without depending on the electric grid for fuel”--which is a brilliant idea if it pans out. The roof panels of the C-MAX Solar Energi have a concentrator, like a magnifying glass, that more efficiently collects the sun’s rays to charge the battery. The company claims that a day’s worth of sunshine can deliver the same performance... Read more...
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