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2015 Ford F-150 uses muddy men to test tough seats

2015 Ford F-150 uses muddy men to test tough seats

When you're billing your new truck as the toughest ever, you sometimes need outside help to make sure that's actually the case, but the specialists Ford called in to test the ruggedization of the new 2015 F-150 are more unusual than most. After drivers of some of the decade-old F-150 trucks reported wear on the leather seats, Ford called in some offensive linemen-sized guys and caked them with a magic recipe of dust to rub across the new model's cabin, all in the name of teaching a robot.

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Ford increases virtual crash test computing investment by 50%

Ford increases virtual crash test computing investment by 50%

We all know that auto manufacturers conduct a lot of crash tests where they take brand new cars, and crash them to ensure they meet federal safety standards. What you might not know is that a lot of crash testing isn’t done in the real world, it’s done virtually. Ford has announced that it has ramped up its computing power to support more accurate virtual crash testing.

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Ford: Ditching Microsoft for BlackBerry isn’t a done-deal

Ford: Ditching Microsoft for BlackBerry isn’t a done-deal

Ford has denied ditching Microsoft for BlackBerry's QNX to power its new in-car infotainment systems, though pointing out that it is "not married" to Microsoft and suggesting that the field is open for who might supply the next-gen tech it's currently working on. Rumors that Microsoft had been shown the door broke over the weekend, with suggestions that the SYNC system Ford used in millions of car dashboards had seen a steep fall in user-satisfaction.

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Ford to ditch Microsoft for BlackBerry in cars say insiders

Ford to ditch Microsoft for BlackBerry in cars say insiders

Ford will ditch Microsoft in favor of BlackBerry to power its next-generation infotainment systems, inside sources claim, switching to QNX for increasingly complex car multimedia duties after ongoing criticisms of the current SYNC system. The transition, yet to be officially announced by either Ford or BlackBerry, is said to be a reaction to poor driver feedback of SYNC, as well as the expense involved in using Microsoft's platform.

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2015 Ford Expedition ditches 5.4L V8 for EcoBoost

2015 Ford Expedition ditches 5.4L V8 for EcoBoost

Ford has revealed the 2015 Expedition, an updated version of its SUV with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine from the F-Series trucks under the hood, and massaged external styling. Set to debut officially at the DWF Auto Show, the new Expedition will be available in 2015 form as a Platinum series model for the first time, and while the EcoBoost engine is smaller in capacity than the 5.4-liter V8 Explorer drivers are familiar with, Ford says the newer engine offers not only more fuel efficiency but more power and torque at low engine speeds.

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Ford, MIT and Stanford band together to further the cause of automated driving research

Ford, MIT and Stanford band together to further the cause of automated driving research

In order to reach automobile utopia of the future, Ford needs to lay the foundations of that dream today. That is why the car maker has chosen to join forces with the brightest minds from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University to help it achieve its goal of making tomorrow's roads safer and more efficient with cars that have eyes, ears, and even a dash of common sense.

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