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
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 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.
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
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
Ford makes the toughest cars and trucks on the road, sure, but it also wants to make the safest cars and trucks on the road. Innovative new Ford technology is going a long way to making that goal a reality. The innovative new Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection aims to keep both drivers and pedestrians safer. The new safety technology, which warns drivers of upcoming collisions and even applies the brakes automatically if necessary, will first appear on the Mondeo, a Ford Europe vehicle. “This technology adds to the already impressive list of driver-assist technologies Ford customers benefit from today,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development.