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Ford opens new Silicon Valley research center; focus on connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, big data

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At Ford, we view ourselves as both a mobility and an auto company, as we drive innovation in every part of our business. Maciuca holds a Ph.D.

Ford opens portfolio of patented technologies to competitors to accelerate industry-wide electrified vehicle development

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Ford Motor Company is offering competitors access to its electrified vehicle technology patents in a move to help accelerate industry-wide research and development of electrified vehicles. In 2014, Ford filed more than 400 patents dedicated to electrified vehicle technologies. Innovation is our goal.

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Ford announces Smart Mobility plan; 25 initial projects

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At CES, Ford CEO Mark Fields announced “Ford Smart Mobility”—a plan to use innovation to take Ford to the next level in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience and big data. Smart Mobility builds upon Ford’s Blueprint for Mobility ( earlier post ). Ford Charsharing, Germany.

Schaeffler preparing 48V mild hybrid Audi TT for road testing

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An additional belt-driven starter generator is connected to the engine which also operates at 48 V. 48V Hybrids

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Opinion: Enablers of disruption in transportation

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Connected vehicles Controls and controllers Microprocessors and controls Opinionby Mike Millikin, editor, Green Car Congress. Earlier post.).

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Ford expands Smart Mobility projects with connected e-bike study

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Ford detailed the new experiment called Handle on Mobility at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The prototype MoDe:Me and MoDe:Pro ebikes.

Ford, St. Petersburg State project reaches final stage; advancing production connected car technology

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Ford Motor Company and St. Earlier post.) As a result of the work that leverages university telematics expertise in space robot communications, Ford has filed several patents on technologies that can serve to advance connected cars of the future. We’re looking forward to further collaborating with our colleagues from Ford.

Univ of Utah studies find up to 27 seconds of mental distraction for drivers after using new hands-free technologies

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Three were rated as moderately distracting, six as highly distracting and the system in the 2015 Mazda 6 as very highly distracting. Resources.

Ford puts the pedal down on performance … but not with electric drive technology right now

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The new Ford GT on display in the Ford stand at NAIAS. Ford’s electric drive vehicle sales. Ford GT. Click to enlarge.

Ford enters 2 new European research collaborations for innovation in mobility and autonomous vehicles

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Ford Motor Company has entered into two new research collaborations driving innovation in mobility and autonomous vehicles. Ford also this year is contributing to the UK Autodrive initiative that is researching how driverless and connected cars can be integrated into everyday life. —Mark Fields, Ford president and CEO.

Ford Dynamic Shuttle Service moves from experiment to pilot, providing point-to-point shuttle rides for employees

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The company is piloting Dynamic Shuttle with four Ford Transit vehicles. Making a premium shuttle. Big Data Mobility Mobility services

U Michigan opens Mcity test environment for connected and automated vehicle technologies

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In particular, Mcity allows researchers to simulate the environments where connected and automated vehicles will be most challenged. Xerox Corp.

Broon F8: New Electric Supercar For Your Smaller Drivers

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It''s got sleek styling, a sophisticated powertrain, and the latest smartphone-connectivity tech. ALSO SEE: All-Electric Ford SVT Raptor Pickup Truck Hits (Some) Dealers (Sort Of) Meet the Henes Broon F8, a child-sized electric "supercar" from South There''s a new electric car out and this one seems to have it all.

Ford Focus RS features optimized 2.3L EcoBoost, Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive

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Ford’s EcoBoost technology powers Focus RS and nearly every new Ford vehicle. Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive.

Ford and Automatic Labs working together to support connected-car solutions

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Automatic Labs and Ford Motor Company announced a joint experimental collaboration to improve the driving experience for Ford & Lincoln vehicle owners.

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BMW, INRIX developing on-street parking prediction system

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Together with its partner INRIX, a leading provider of transportation intelligence and connected car services, BMW is presenting a research prototype of the Dynamic Parking Prediction application at TU-Automotive Detroit. This system leverages driver-assist sensors that most Ford vehicles already have, including sonar and radar.

Ford Smart Mobility shifts from research to implementation; company announces new programs, next areas of focus

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Ford CEO Mark Fields at 2015 Further with Ford. That’s where Ford Smart Mobility comes in. Click to enlarge.

Ford unveils new 2015 Focus four-door sedan; 1.0L EcoBoost with start/stop comes to US model

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2015 Focus four-door sedan. 2015 Ford Focus Electric. Ford builds the Focus in eight manufacturing plants on four continents.

Audi power-dense 2.5L TFSI engine with electric biturbo delivers 591 hp from 2,480 cc; 48V subsystem for the turbo

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By comparison: The new Ford Shelby GT 350 will feature a naturally aspirated 5.2L mph) in 3.6 seconds. —Prof. mph) in 3.6

Norwegian Post becomes first European customer for Transit Connect Electric van with 20-unit purchase; targeting 30% reduction in CO2 by 2015

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Norwegian Post Ford Transit Connect Electric. Ford and Azure are introducing the Transit Connect Electric in summer 2011.

2015 Chevy Cruze features connectivity updates; 4G LTE and Siri

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The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze will debut at the New York International Auto Show with greater connectivity—including new Text Message Alerts, Apple Siri integration and OnStar 4G LTE with available Wi-Fi hotspot—in addition to revised exterior styling, enhanced interior convenience. Each enables voice-controlled connectivity.

The Game-Changing Water Revolution: Interview with Stanley Weiner

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Everything is connected to everything else—that’s the first message to be heard loud and clear from this emerging ‘water revolution’. James Stafford: Specifically, how much money could oil companies potentially save in Texas’ Permian Basin or Eagle Ford using this technology? by James Stafford for Oilprice.com. trillion gallons.

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Ford partners with Haier, Trina Solar and Delta Electronics to launch MyEnergi Lifestyle in China

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At Consumer Electronics Show Asia, Ford launched a strategic collaboration with Haier (home appliance), Trina Solar (solar power) and Delta Electronics (power management) to introduce MyEnergi Lifestyle ( earlier post ) to China, a holistic approach for lowering the energy costs and carbon footprint of Chinese families. 38% reduction of NO x.

Jaguar Land Rover showcases remote-control and autonomous 180? turn technologies

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It could also be an aid when the vehicle is fording a stream or traversing sections made slippery by mud or snow. Multi-Point Turns. —Dr.

Ford Sustainability Report details pilot program in South Africa to deliver health care, education

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A new Ford Motor Company pilot program aims to enhance mobility health services in rural areas of South Africa and Nigeria. Earlier post.).

Ford targeting smart parking as element of Smart Mobility; vehicle sensors, connectivity and big data

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Ford’s initial smart parking projects. Ford did write the software that did the analysis of the sensor data. Earlier post.) miles. Print.

Ford making FlexFuel system standard on Transit Connect van

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Among the changes Ford is implementing for its 2016 Ford Transit range, the flexible-fuel vehicle system will be standard equipment on 2016 Transit Connect vans with 2.5-liter I-4 engines destined for non-California emissions states. Speeds already can be limited to 65 mph and 75 mph on 2015 Ford Transit models.

Record number of Ford patent applications in 2015

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Innovators at Ford submitted nearly 6,000 new inventions for patent consideration in 2015—an increase of 36% from 2014—with many related to autonomous and connected vehicles, wearable devices, eBikes, navigation, ride-sharing platforms and other technologies. Powertrain technologies. Brief

Ford reveals redesigned 2015 Ford Focus with 1.0L EcoBoost engine option

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2015 Ford Focus. Ford revealed the redesigned 2015 Ford Focus at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry. Ford first launched the Focus in 1998 and since then more than 12 million have been sold worldwide, including 6.9 Click to enlarge. Earlier post.).

First drive: Volvo XC90 T8 Drive-E Twin Engine PHEV sets a high bar for full-size luxury SUV plug-ins in US

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In 1999, Ford acquired Volvo as part of its Premier Auto Group. Earlier post.) engine.). Luxury plug-in hybrid SUVs coming to US market. Engine.

Thomson Reuters analysis finds automotive new propulsion technology patent activities surge 6-fold in 5 years

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For patent publications associated with inovations in the fuel economy of internal combustion engines, Hyundai was the leader, followed by GM and Ford.

Ford first to test autonomous vehicle at U Michigan Mcity

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—Ryan Eustice, University of Michigan associate professor and principal investigator in Ford’s research collaboration with the university.

Bosch wireless sensors on pavement report available parking spaces

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Ford Motor Company is working on projects along these lines.) Rolf Nicodemus, head of the Connected Parking project at Bosch. At the Bosch ConnectedWorld conference in Berlin, the company unveiled wireless sensors, to be installed on pavement, that will create real-time maps of available parking spaces. kilometers (2.8 —Dr.

Four Motiv electric shuttle buses deployed in one-year demo in Mountain View, CA

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The four electric shuttles are free to the public and are equipped with seating for 16 passengers, a wheelchair lift, space for two wheelchairs, WiFi connectivity and bicycle racks on the outside of the vehicle. CALSTART announced that four electric shuttle buses are being deployed in Mountain View, California. Brief

Ford launches Hsuehshan Tunnel Transformer Challenge in Taiwan; Mobility Challenge Series 2.0

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Ford announced the winners of IMCS 1.0 in January. Connected vehicles Mobility services Sustainability Urban mobilityIMCS 2.0. IMCS 2.0

Ford to invest $1.8B in R&D in China

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Ford Motor plans to invest RMB 11.4 The investment will allow Ford significantly to build up its research and development capabilities in the country—especially at its Nanjing Research and Engineering Center (REC)—and will help Ford create more world-class vehicles in China, for China. Connected consumers.

Ford to begin autonomous vehicle testing on California roads; Silicon Valley Lab accelerates Smart Mobility Plan

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Ford is officially enrolled in the California Autonomous Vehicle Tester Program to test autonomous vehicles on public roads. Click to enlarge.

Ford expanding global electrified vehicle battery R&D

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Ford is expanding its electrified vehicles research and development program in Europe and Asia this year, creating a “hub-and-spoke” system that allows the global team to further accelerate battery technology and take advantage of market-specific opportunities. Ford electrified vehicle sales in the US.

Ford offering 3 years’ complimentary public charging to C-MAX Energi customers in California and Connecticut with EV 1-2-3 Charge

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2016 Ford C-MAX. from the same period last year: 6,373 units YTD in 2015, vs 7,130 units for the same period in 2014. Click to enlarge.

New Ford Escape launching with two new EcoBoost engines with standard Auto Start-Stop

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SYNC Connect, available with SYNC 3 for the new Escape, comes with complimentary activation for five years. Engines Fuel Efficiency