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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...
The first thing we teach new drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. Solid advice, albeit increasingly challenging with all these newfangled technologies at our disposable, including in-vehicle luxuries. To help drivers from becoming distracted with technology, Ford is pushing out a software update that will add Siri Eyes-Free functionality to more than 5 million SYNC-equipped vehicles. Siri Eyes-Free allows drivers to communicate with Apple's digital assistant by long-pressing the voice recognition button on the steering wheel. It's equivalent to holding down the home button... Read more...
When the topic of self-driving cars comes up, Google typically comes to mind (sometimes in humorous fashion). So does Tesla, and to an extent, Apple is a name that's thrown around. You can go ahead add Ford to the list, as the major automaker is stepping up its autonomous vehicle initiative by becoming the first to test self-driving cars at Mcity, a full-scale simulated real-world urban environment at the University of Michigan. Mcity is a 32-acre facility that's part of the university's Mobility Transformation Center. It has street lights, crosswalks, lane delineators, curb cuts, bike lanes, trees,... Read more...
Ford had our curiosity when it announced that the 2016 Focus RS would come to the United States with “well in excess of 315 horsepower.” Now the company has our attention with the confirmed news that the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine in the monstrous hatch will have a pulse-racing 350hp (@ 6,800 rpm) and 350 ft-lbs of torque (@ 3,200 rpm) on tap when production ramps up later this year. Those numbers far eclipse that of the “mere” Focus ST, the previous range-topping version of the Focus lineup, which generates 252hp and 270 ft-lbs of torque. All of that power is harnessed by a six-speed... Read more...
Remember when most pickup trucks had metal dashboards, rollup windows, and a radio (and possibly a cassette deck if you splurged)? Even things like power windows and A/C were often luxuries just 30 years ago. But the times change, as does customer taste. Today, many of the pickup trucks that are bought today are better equipped than most entry-level luxury sedans. To that point, Ford has introduced its most advanced F-150 to date and the company has thrown nearly every tech tool in its arsenal at its best-selling vehicle. The new 2016 F-150 Limited topples the already lush Platinum trim in the... Read more...
Ford rightfully claims that driving on unlit roads at night can be a "nerve-wracking experience." No, not because you're lost in a rural area and are about to live out a scene in Wrong Turn, but because you never know when an animal or human might be walking in the shadows on the side of the road. To help you spot these kinds of potential hazards and have more time to react, Ford is working on some interesting headlight technologies. There are a few things at play here. One is the use of GPS information to trigger an enhanced lighting system when going around a curve or dips on a chosen route.... Read more...
It's a pretty big deal that Ford is mass producing carbon fiber wheels for its Shelby GT350R Mustang. How so? For one, never before has a major automobile manufacturer offered carbon fiber wheels as standard equipment -- you'd have to enter the supercar scene, where only Koenigsegg has offered optional carbon fiber wheels. And secondly, there's actual rocket science involved. We're not making that up. Ford provided some details on its carbon fiber wheels, which involves using a plasma arc gun to liquefy a ceramic material. This is then sprayed on the front wheels. Critical points around... Read more...
This is the summer that Ford will put all the bad press surrounding its previous in-car infotainment systems to rest – or so it hopes. The automaker announced today that the soon-to-launch 2016 versions of the Ford Escape and Ford Fiesta will have the new Sync 3 infotainment systems. Vehicles equipped with Sync 3 feature updated button layouts and run BlackBerry’s QNX operating system. Ford customers will be able to connect their smartphones to the Sync 3 system via Bluetooth. An updated version of Ford’s AppLink lets users control certain apps by voice. The feature displays icons for certain apps... Read more...
Remember when power windows were considered luxuries in the automobile world? Times are changing and these days there are all kinds of fancy pants features out there, from cars that park themselves to ones that even drive on their own. Those technologies are still in development and won't become mainstream for quite some time, though there are other fun features available right now, like Ford's "Pro Trailer Backup Assist" technology. It will be available on the 2016 Ford F-150 and what it does is allow the driver to steer the trailer with a control knob while the truck steers its wheels and limits... Read more...
The pony car wars are about to heat up again. Last year, Ford’s Mustang got a much-hyped complete redesign, bringing with it a new turbo-charged four-cylinder engine option, a revised 5.0-liter V8, all-new styling, and a fully independent rear suspension. This time around, it’s General Motors’ turn, with the unveiling of an all-new, sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro. For starters, GM has put the vehicle on a massive diet, trimming 200 pounds from its curb weight. GM says that the weight savings allows for a “more nimble, responsive driving experience” and allows the new Camaro SS to turn in lower... Read more...
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