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

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Ford has opened its new Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto, growing its global research team and accelerating the company’s work in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, customer experience and big data. —Mark Fields, Ford Motor Company president and CEO.

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. In total, Ford has more than 650 electrified vehicle patents and approximately 1,000 pending patent applications on electrified vehicle technologies.

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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 ). To be clear, our priority at Ford is not in making marketing claims or being in a race for the first autonomous car on the road. 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. It is connected via a voltage transformer to the 12 V on-board electric system which powers all the different electrical components in the vehicle, from headlights to seat adjusters.

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Ford Car Buying Trends 2015 shows increasing demand for semi-autonomous driving technologies in Europe

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European drivers are showing an increasing appetite for semi-autonomous driving technologies, according to a new Ford Motor Company study on buying trends in Europe. Ford Car Buying Trends 2015 , a study of new car buying habits in 22 countries across Europe, highlights regional trends and national differences. The system was fitted to more than 1 in 3 (34%) Ford cars in Europe, up from 28% compared with the previous year.

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Ford expands Smart Mobility projects with connected e-bike study

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Ford Motor Company is expanding its global Ford Smart Mobility plan ( earlier post ) with a new experiment to study how connected electric bicycles can work seamlessly with cars and public transport to deliver faster and easier daily commutes and help businesses operating in urban centers.

KPMG Survey: execs say connected car generates 10x revenue than a conventional vehicle; market share based on units “outdated”; BEVs #1 trend

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The KPMG research, which polled nearly 1,000 executives with the world’s leading automotive companies, found that 76% say one connected car generates more revenue streams than 10 conventional cars. Ford taps Apple for Chief Brand Officer.

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

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The researchers discovered the residual effects of mental distraction while comparing new hands-free technologies in ten 2015 vehicles and three types of smartphones. The Mazda 6’s Connect system rated very highly distracting (4.6).

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

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Ford Motor Company and St. 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. The primary goal of the joint project was the development of robust communication technology to connect drivers and service providers with information and services on the cloud. Connected vehicles Russia V2X

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. In December, Ford President and CEO Mark Fields said Ford would focus on five key areas of innovation, one of them being performance. Ford’s electric drive vehicle sales. Ford sees performance as good business.

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. This month, the Ford European Research & Innovation Center in Aachen, Germany, and the Technology and Innovation Management Institute of RWTH Aachen University will launch the Personal Mobility Experience Innovation project. —Mark Fields, Ford president and CEO. Autonomous driving Connected vehicles Urban mobility

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

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Ford revealed another of its promised performance models ( earlier post ), the all-new Focus RS, a high-performance road car that debuts Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control. Ford’s EcoBoost technology powers Focus RS and nearly every new Ford vehicle.

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

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Ford is piloting an on-demand Dynamic Shuttle service for its Dearborn, Michigan, employees this month, providing a new mobility solution featuring smart ride-hailing technology with premium customized shuttles, applying insights from earlier experiments and research with global urban commuters.

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. However, it''s only 4 feet long.

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

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The University of Michigan has opened Mcity, the first large controlled environment specifically designed to test the potential of connected and automated vehicle technologies that will lead the way to mass-market driverless cars. Ford Motor Co.

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. Ford’s powerful in-car technology makes working with Ford highly valuable for us. Behavior Connected vehicles

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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. Ford, which is also tackling the parking problem in its Smart Mobility portfolio, is taking a different approach with its Parking Spotter experiment, conducted with Georgia Tech. Connected vehicles Driver Assistance Systems

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

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In the opening keynote at Ford’s annual trends conference, 2015 Further With Ford, CEO Mark Fields announced the next phase of the company’s Smart Mobility plan, originally announced in January this year at CES ( earlier post ). Ford CEO Mark Fields at 2015 Further with Ford.

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. Ford unveiled the new Ford Focus four-door sedan prior to its debut at the 2014 New York International Auto Show next week. 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 The 2014 Ford Shelby GT500 is powered by an aluminum 5.8-liter supercharged V8 producing 494 kW (662 hp) and 856 N·m (631 lb-ft) of torque, or 85 kW/L and 148 N·m/L.

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. Norway Post has signed a contract to purchase 20 Transit Connect Electric vehicles, with an option to order more vehicles in the future. 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. Available apps connect drivers to vehicle data, music, news, weather, travel information and more.

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’. You have to understand that Texas is both a highly competitive playing field for oil companies-with the sleeping giant that is the Permian Basin and the prolific Eagle Ford shale-but it is also water starved. by James Stafford for Oilprice.com.

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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. Ford introduced a MyEnergi Lifestyle collaboration for the US in 2013, working with Whirlpool, SunPower and Eaton. —John Lawler, chairman and CEO, Ford China.

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. Mike Bell, Global Connected Car Director, Jaguar Land Rover. Mike Bell, Global Connected Car Director, Jaguar Land Rover.

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

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At CES 2015 in January, 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. Ford’s initial smart parking projects.

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. Flex-fuel Transit Connect vans are engineered to run on E85 (85% ethanol and 15% gasoline), unleaded gasoline or any blend of the two. Speeds already can be limited to 65 mph and 75 mph on 2015 Ford Transit models.

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. The smallest engine in the company’s growing EcoBoost family will increase the choice for Ford customers in the United States, as Fiesta is already available with the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine. Ford estimates Focus sales globally reached 1.1 Click to enlarge.

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. The services will be accessed using enhanced mobility and connectivity technologies from Ford vehicles. —Bill Ford, executive chairman.

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. —Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president and chief technical officer. Hundreds of Ford employees all over the world are responsible for this achievement.

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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Combining Volvo’s new design language, advanced safety and in-car connectivity technologies, and the new strategic Drive-E powertrains, the XC90 is the first product based on Volvo’s new strategic Scalable Product Architecture (SPA).

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. The report also found that Connected Vehicle Technology is gaining momentum.

Ford first to test autonomous vehicle at U Michigan Mcity

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Ford is the first automaker to test autonomous vehicles at Mcity—the full-scale simulated real-world urban environment at the University of Michigan. Autonomous driving Connected vehicles Controls and controllers Sensors

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. These sensors recognize whether a parking space is occupied or not, and share this information via the internet.

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. Additionally, the team expects to see a significant reduction in the time to produce these vehicles, which in this case, are converted to battery-power, using existing platforms such as the Ford E-450 chassis.

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

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Building on the success of Ford’s Innovate Mobility Challenge Series (IMCS) 1.0 As part of the challenge, Ford and the challenge cosponsor, the Institute for Information Industry of Taiwan, are providing resources to developers to help them find new ways to increase traffic efficiency.

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. China’s consumers are some of the most connected in the world, with nearly 600 million active smartphone users across the country.

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

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Fully autonomous Ford Fusion Hybrid sedans will begin testing on California streets next year, as Ford Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto continues growing. Ford is officially enrolled in the California Autonomous Vehicle Tester Program to test autonomous vehicles on public roads.

Volkswagen’s MEB for EVs: long electric range, open-platform, open-space, pricing for the volume market; “tablet on wheels”

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The MEB will be the foundation for an entirely new generation of battery-electric vehicles designed not only to be electric and feature extended range, but to be connected, autonomous, open and priced for the volume market as required by Volkswagen’s positioning.

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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 began selling hybrid vehicles in the US in the fourth quarter of 2004 with the introduction of the Escape Hybrid.