January 27, 2018 - Written By Dominik Bosnjak Ford is doubling down on its digital strategy for future vehicles and is restructuring its Mobility unit with the goal of doing a better job at adapting to the latest industry trends and evolving its business model alongside them. Earlier this week, the company reiterated its promise to deliver “100 percent connectivity” in all of its future models set to be released in the United States starting next year. The industry giant is also aiming to have 90 percent of its new international releases offer full connectivity suites as of 2020. Ford’s near-term vision of mobility revolves around Internet-enabled vehicles with highly personalized digital services, with the firm being adamant to fully transition to such solutions, starting with its home country. The company’s Mobility division will deliver new platforms specifically targeting personal vehicle owners over the course of this year, in addition to trying to … [Read more...] about Ford Doubles Down On Its Digital Strategy For Future Cars
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New York City is in the middle of a transportation nervous breakdown. Never before have city dwellers had so many options for getting around — subway, bus, bike, ferry, taxi, and every sharing app under the sun — and never have commutes been so hellacious. In the midst of all this chaos comes the Ford Motor Company, tossing one more transit option onto the pile in the hopes that it will help make the simple act of getting from Point A to Point B a little less suicide-inducing. Starting soon, Ford is launching its on-demand shuttle bus service Chariot in New York City. The self-described microtransit service will start out in preplanned service areas in Manhattan and Brooklyn, eventually adding routes in additional neighborhoods based on customer crowdsourcing. It’s not a new idea — Via, an app-based communal bus service, has been operating in the city since 2015 — but Chariot has high hopes that its approach to ride-sharing will catch on. Chariot first … [Read more...] about Can Ford fix New York City’s transportation crisis with a crowdsourced shuttle bus?
Gorilla Glass is tough enough for your iPhone screen, but is it tough enough for your windshield? Ford thinks so; it’s using the material in the windshield and engine cover of its upcoming GT supercar. That sounds like as good a test as any.Ford worked with Gorilla Glass manufacturer Corning to develop a “hybrid” setup that it claims will help improve both fuel economy and handling. The Gorilla Glass windshield is 32 percent lighter than a traditional automotive glass piece, helping to cut some weight. And since that weight comes from relatively high on the body, Ford believes it will help lower the GT’s center of gravity.The Gorilla Glass pieces are laminated glass, just like in other modern automotive applications. That means each part actually consists of two pieces of glass, held together by a thermoplastic binding agent. For the GT, Ford used Gorilla Glass for the inner layer, and regular annealed glass for the outer layer. Ford says the inner … [Read more...] about Ford’s GT supercar has a windshield made with Gorilla Glass
They say business is always on the go—and now, it may actually have a chance of knowing where it’s going. At the Chicago Auto Show today, auto manufacturer Ford announced it will be offering Garmin navigation products in its F-150, F-Series Super Duty pickup trucks, and E-Series commercial vans, in a bid to make the vehicles more appealing to businesses. Under the deal, Garmin will provide the navigation component for Ford Work Solutions, a collection of technologies designed to bring new in-vehicle capabilities that appeal to business users, including an in-dash computer with high-speed Internet access, a customized database of Ford dealerships and Quick Lane Tire & Auto Ceneers, and real-time information on weather, fuel prices, traffic conditions, and more. Garmin’s navigation solution will offer the same "Where to?" and "View map" touchscreen interfaces on its standalone navigation devices, including hands-free voice-prompted navigation. Ford Work … [Read more...] about Garmin Navigation is Ford Tough
It's never a great time when your gas pedal stops providing forward motion. That's the reason behind Ford's latest recall.Ford issued a recall for 5,914 examples of the 2017 Ford Edge, 2017 Ford Fusion and 2017 Lincoln MKZ. The Edges have build dates between April 25 and June 20, 2017. The Fusions have build dates between May 4 and June 15, 2017, and the MKZs have build dates between May 4 and June 19, 2017.All the vehicles in question are equipped with 6F35 six-speed automatic transmissions. The torque converter is what's causing the problem here. In the affected vehicles, welded studs may detach, causing the torque converter to lose its connection to the engine's flexplate.If that happens, the vehicle may lose all motive force, resulting in a gas pedal that won't do anything. All the rest of the vehicle's systems -- power steering, windows, airbags -- will still work. And the engine will rev, it just won't move the vehicle anywhere. The transmission will still work when placed into … [Read more...] about Ford recalls Edge, Fusion, Lincoln MKZ for transmission gremlins
When Don Butler came to Ford Motor Company at the beginning of 2014 and stepped into his new office at Ford's Product Development Center in Dearborn, Michigan, it was kind of like a star athlete slipping on the uniform of his cross-town archrival.The move was a huge win for Ford's journey as a technology company, because Butler came from General Motors where he had combined his expertise in engineering, marketing, and business development to lead two of the auto industry's premier technology projects — GM's OnStar system and the Cadillac CUE interface. Meanwhile, over the past five years Ford has generated its own technology mojo with the spread of its SYNC and MyFordTouch systems, which despite a few hiccups and imperfections, have successfully integrated information technology and consumer electronics into millions of new cars and trucks.With Butler on its team, Ford has the potential to take its technology strategy to the next level. And, Butler hasn't wasted any time figuring … [Read more...] about How Ford plans to win the future like a software company
Recently Ford announced their plan to test their autonomous cars on public roads. Ford also announced autonomous cars will be tested on the streets of California. Get In Stock Alerts on Twitter for SNES Classic, Switch and More Ford has officially joined the California Autonomous Vehicle Testing Program. Ford officially announced the news on Tuesday the 15th of December, 2016. Ford will test their fully autonomous Ford Fusion Hybrid sedans on the streets of California.The Ford Fusion is the product of Ford Research and Innovation Center. The Ford facility in Palo Alto has been continuously growing. The testing of the self-driving Ford cars will take place in 2016. Ford will receive permits to officially test their cars on the public streets. The approval for testing on the streets of California is a major step for Ford. The milestone is especially noteworthy for Ford’s 10-year autonomous vehicle development program.The testing is also essential to the Ford Smart Mobility … [Read more...] about Ford To Test Its Self-Driving Cars On California Roads
Ford, like all other automakers is looking for any technology it can lay hands on to get fuel efficiency of its vehicles into the range needed to meet looming CAFÉ regulations. Ford is looking to automatic engine start/stop technology as a way to improve fuel efficiency. This technology turns the engine of the car off automatically at stoplights and stop signs, and then turns the engine back on when the car starts to move again. Get the Free Tracker App to find a Luvabella in Stock Ford says that 70% of its line will have start/stop technology built in by 2017. Ford says that the Start/Stop technology is inexpensive and can save increase fuel efficiency by 10% in city driving.“Simply put, Auto Start-Stop helps customers use less fuel, which is an important component of Ford’s Blueprint for Sustainability,” said Bob Fascetti, vice president, Ford global powertrain. “By making Auto Start-Stop available on more vehicles, we are working to be part of the … [Read more...] about Ford Says 70% Of Its Cars Will Have Auto Start/Stop By 2017
In 1916 Henry Ford famously declared, ‘History is more or less bunk. It’s tradition. We don’t want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker’s dam is the history we made today.’ Get the Free Tracker App to find a Luvabella in Stock What Ford acknowledged in public many innovators have probably thought in private. That history sometimes gets in the way of invention. It holds back development by shackling the present with too many justifications for not doing new things (if it ain’t broke don’t fix it).The counter view is that history if not the mother of invention is at least it’s maiden aunt. As Spanish philosopher George Santayana said, ‘those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it’. But is the past just a useful academic reference for the issues we face today or can it be more relevant and instructive than that and offer entrepreneurs headlight vision of the … [Read more...] about Henry Ford Gave Innovators The Wrong Message About The Value Of History.
Ford Motor Company is making sure that 3D printings done on a large scale through the Stratasys Infinite Build 3D printer. The company is in trail with technology offered by Stratasys. Get the Free Tracker App to find a SNES Classic in Stock They are looking to build innovative 3D models that will help in building a car. There might be a time when the particular parts of a car will be 3D printed and will be offered for assembly in a car.Ford is regarded as the first company that is testing this kind of technology. The company is conducting trails these days for customized parts of the cars. If the trails is successful, it will get easier for the companies to have a new kind of 3D printing solution to all the customized cars of the brand.The parts if manufactured through the process will be lighter and easier to be developed than the conventional ones. According to the stats, if this thing will happen, it will actually improve the fuel efficiency of the cars.Ford has always looked … [Read more...] about Ford Tests Large Scale 3D Printing For The Very First Time