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Ford Focus door latch issue catches NHTSA attention

Ford Focus door latch issue catches NHTSA attention

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will investigate an issue affecting 2012 and 2013 Ford Focus vehicles that, at times, could prevent the doors from latching properly. The issue is said to affect about 400,000 of the vehicles, and according to some drivers, has at times manifested while the cars are in motion. The NHTSA revealed its plans in new documents released today; this is a similar probe to the one that ultimately lead to Ford and Lincoln recalls in 2015.

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The first 2016 Ford Focus RS is ready (and we can’t wait)

The first 2016 Ford Focus RS is ready (and we can’t wait)

It's really coming. Ford's very first 2016 Focus RS production car has rolled off the line, and it's making our palms itch to get out to the track. Offering hot-hatch fans a slightly tamer, considerably more affordable version of the driving experience Ford is promising from the GT, it'll be the fastest accelerating car from the blue badge company to wear the RS label.

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Ford tests autonomous vehicles in the snow

Ford tests autonomous vehicles in the snow

Ford is constantly testing out its autonomous cars in different driving scenarios to ensure that the vehicles are capable of operating in any conditions. One of the most difficult conditions for humans to drive in is snow and that makes it one of the most difficult conditions for autonomous vehicles to operate in. Therefore, snowy conditions are one of the most important driving scenarios for autonomous vehicles to master.

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Ford turns to wearables for sleepy, stressed driver data

Ford turns to wearables for sleepy, stressed driver data

Your next Ford could track your heart rate and leave a bigger cruise control comfort zone when you're stressed, just one of the projects the company is working on in its new Automotive Wearables Experience lab. The group, part of Ford's Research and Innovation Center in Dearborn, Michigan, is looking at how wearable tech like smartwatches and fitness trackers can be hooked into increasingly complex vehicle systems.

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Ford SmartDeviceLink poised to become industry standard for car apps

Ford SmartDeviceLink poised to become industry standard for car apps

Vehicle infotainment systems pretty much experience that same somewhat isolated and dispersed situation that the IoT industry is experiencing. With cars, however, the problem is less pronounced, perhaps because of fewer but stronger players. Still, standardization can still go a long way in pushing new technologies and new lifestyles forward, which is why Ford is offering its SmartDeviceLink software even to its rivals, with Toyota as one of the first to commit to it.

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Ford SYNC now boasts Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, remote controls

Ford SYNC now boasts Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, remote controls

This age is truly a connected age but not everyone connects via the same means or owns the same connected devices. Instead of shoehorning their customers into a single solution, Ford is giving their buyers the gift of choice. Customers who will be purchasing a car equipped with the new SYNC 3 or upgrading to it will be able to choose between Apple's CarPlay or Google's Android Auto for connecting their mobile devices to their cars.

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Ford patents electric unicycle that uses your car’s tire

Ford patents electric unicycle that uses your car’s tire

Just imagine: you work downtown and you're not shelling out for the ultra-expensive parking decks. Usually you can find a nice cheap spot on the curb a reasonable distance from your company, but not today. You've had to park many blocks away and you know you'll be sweaty and late if you walk the full distance. What's the solution? With the new Ford contraption revealed in a patent, you could just pop a tire off your car and ride it like a unicycle.

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