Ford Connected Car Open-Source Platform Set for Development

Ford Connected Car Open-Source Platform Set for Development

The future is here for Ford – and it looks like we’re all going to be connected. The American carmaker recently announced a number of initiatives during the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show with the hopes to enhance connected car development. One of these is the Ford connected car open-source platform, which will off vehicle-to-everything communications for cities, cyclists, and automobiles. Together, Ford is working with Autonomic, a Palo Alto-based self-driving car startup, to help develop the Ford Transportation Mobility Cloud, which will connect cities and cars together. This Mobility Cloud will be an open-sourced platform, which will allow companies and cities to join if they want to join the connected

Ford Self-Driving Vehicle Program Teams Up with Postmates

Ford Self-Driving Vehicle Program Teams Up with Postmates

Over the last year, the Ford self-driving vehicle program has been growing. From a $1 billion investment in Argo AI to a new pilot with Domino’s Pizza, its success continues. The American carmaker is now conducting another pilot program with Postmates in order to learn how self-driving vehicles can change the delivery experience.   Throughout the pilot program, when consumers use Postmates to place an order, a self-driving vehicle could act as the delivery boy. This will allow Ford to study not only what the merchant experience must be like at the point of delivery, but also what the customer experience needs to be at the same point.   This

Ford Patents Smartphone Key Fob Technology

Ford Patents Smartphone Key Fob Technology

Ford is making waves with innovation as it dives into the world of technology. Ford has patented a phone case that lets you turn your smartphone into a key fob. The case would allow your smartphone to lock, unlock, and open the trunk, and could even unlock the car automatically when you get close to it. While the key fob case would function much in the same way as a normal key fob, it would be one less device you have to keep track of and carry, and it’s much easier to keep track of your smartphone, and find it again if you lose it, than a set of keys.

Ford’s Robotic Butt to Improve Seats

Ford’s Robotic Butt to Improve Seats

Seat comfort and durability are major issues in modern vehicles, and no automaker is working to improve them more than Ford. Ford’s robotic butt aims to test vehicle seats thousands of times to simulate years of wear. From there, Ford engineers use the data to construct more durable and comfortable seats. Dubbed the Robutt, this invention takes testing seat comfort and durability to the next level. It simulates entering and exiting the vehicle 25,000 times, a decade’s worth of wear, in just three weeks’ time. Using the device, engineers have been able to map where drivers apply pressure while operating the vehicle. Prior to the introduction of Robutt, Ford used

Ford and Autonomic Team Up for the Future of Mobility

Ford and Autonomic Team Up for the Future of Mobility

In a new investment that looks to the future of transportation, Ford and Autonomic have teamed up. Autonomic is a Silicon Valley-based company that creates autonomous vehicle platforms and software. With this partnership Ford can advance its self-driving vehicles even more. “The platform would allow us to build services, as well as others, because the platform would be open to cities and other services,” Ford Smart Mobility communications manager Alan Hall told The Verge. “The layer that Autonomic provides is non-differentiated services.” Possible uses for this partnership include the Chariot service that uses Ford Transit vans to move people through cities, the new Domino’s autonomous delivery vehicles, self-driving Lyft cars, or

2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R Wheels Win Popular Science Innovation Award

2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R Wheels Win Popular Science Innovation Award

The 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R wheels, made of super light carbon fiber wheels, were recognized by Popular Science as one of the greatest innovations in the automotive industry this year. The Shelby’s wheels weigh 19 lb, 15 lb lighter than regular aluminum wheels, which greatly improves the car’s acceleration, along with better rigidity than aluminum for better handling. They’re also insulated with a ceramic coating similar to what’s used in space shuttles, according to Ford, which helps maintain the integrity of the wheels in high heat. The reduced weight of the wheels makes for a “60-pound total reduction in unsprung weight, and a 40% drop in rotational inertia,” according

Ford Focus RS Kit Modifications

Ford Focus RS Kit Modifications

Right off the factory floor, the Ford Focus RS is one of the hottest hot hatches available. But that doesn’t mean it can’t get any better. The British tuner, Mountune, has released a series of Ford Focus RS kit modifications to make the car even quicker, more dynamic, and more fun than it already is. For mild modifications, Phase One adds new hoses, suspension upgrades, and a bigger intake. Step up to Phase Two and you’ll get a high-flow air filter, durable silicone hoses, an improved air recirculation valve, and a modified ECU. With Phase Two in place, the turbocharged 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine will produce 370 horsepower and 346 lb-ft

Fun Things to Make Siri Say

Fun Things to Make Siri Say

iPhone users have a unique application when it comes to entertainment. Siri is the voice-activated guide to all things Apple and that extends to in-car connectivity as well. As it turns out, Siri knows a few tricks of its own. Here are some fun things to make Siri say from us here at Gurley Motor Co. To kick things off, tell Siri to “Beatbox.” Make sure you have your phone volume turned up before she responds! Star Wars fans can also say, “Siri, I am your father” for an entertaining response while those with a bleaker outlook can ask “When is the world going to end?” Fans of robotics, technology,

Ford Expands Pothole Detection Technology

Ford Expands Pothole Detection Technology

Potholes are a pain, both figuratively and literally depending on how big the pothole is. It’s no secret potholes are everywhere and sometimes it isn’t possible to fix them all. That’s why Ford stepped in. Previously available on the Lincoln luxury brand and Ford Expedition SUV, pothole detection technology is expanding. The latest model on Ford’s lineup to receive the technology is the 2017 Ford Fusion V-6 Sport. Hitting showrooms and lots this summer, the Fusion V-6 Sport is powered by a 2.7-liter twin turbo EcoBoost V6 engine capable of pumping out 325 hp. Potholes cause about $3 billion in damages every year, according to AAA. Ford’s pothole detection technology

Ford Smart Headlights Can Widen, Illuminate Pedestrians, Fry an Egg

If you drive a Ford vehicle sometime in the near future, your headlights might be smarter than you. That’s because Ford is currently developing some seriously intelligent headlight technology to go with the innovative tech it already has. There is almost nothing these headlights of the future can’t do. The new Camera-Based Advanced Front Lighting System technology gives the headlights the ability to widen the beam, making it easier to see at junctions or roundabouts. Spot Lighting technology can recognize pedestrians, cyclists, or large animals that are on or near the road. These nascent technologies combine with the already available Traffic Sign Recognition and Adaptive Front Lighting System to make