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Ford Smart Mobility’s MoDe:Flex bike and and Peer-2-Peer Car Sharing enter pilot programs

Ford Smart Mobility’s MoDe:Flex bike and and Peer-2-Peer Car Sharing enter pilot programs

Ford announced this week that they'd be shifting their Ford Smart Mobility program from its research phase to implementation. With this, their focus switches to new projects as programs like Peer-2-Peer Car Sharing are given the go-ahead with pilot programs. Ford showed of their third most versatile e-bike with the MoDe:Flex as well, able to be folded down and stored into any Ford vehicle where it's able to be charged. This bike also connects to the rider's smartphone using the MoDe:Link app.

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Ford’s latest eBike is foldable, warns riders of potholes

Ford’s latest eBike is foldable, warns riders of potholes

Here is a Ford ride of a different breed. Along with the announcement of its new Peer-2-Peer ride sharing program, the car company has debuted the third in its line of smartbike concepts, dubbed the MoDe:Flex. The electric-assisted bicycle features a battery and motor, and also comes with a mobile app that is designed to help riders plan their commutes by breaking it down into sections for car and bike. Much like its predecessors, the MoDe:Me and MoDe:Pro bikes, the Flex can be folded up to fit inside a car for easier transportation.

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Let strangers drive your new Ford to reduce monthly payments

Let strangers drive your new Ford to reduce monthly payments

As a follow-up to their new GoDrive car rental service in the UK, Ford has just announced a new pilot program that will let drivers lower their monthly car payments by renting out their Ford vehicle to others for short periods of time. They're calling the program Peer-2-Peer Car Sharing, and it will be tested in a handful of US cities. It aims to work much like ZipCar, allowing users to borrow a set of wheels for just a few hours if needed.

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Ford jumps in the race to develop self-driving cars

Ford jumps in the race to develop self-driving cars

Ford is amping up its research into autonomous technologies in the hopes of creating a self-driving car. The company is a bit of a late-comer to the emerging market of autonomous vehicles. Auto industry competitors such as Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz are already well on their way past proof-of-concept. (We even took a spin in the autonomous Mercedes F 015!) Tech industry giants like Google and newcomer, Uber, already have prototypes on the road.

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Ford’s MyFord app hits Android Wear as Sync 3 debuts in USA

Ford’s MyFord app hits Android Wear as Sync 3 debuts in USA

Ford boosts its smart functionality and connectivity technologies this week with a new MyFord Mobile app extension and SYNC 3's release in North America. Ford suggested this afternoon that the MyFord Mobile app extension would be coming soon "for smartwatches," including Android Wear and eventually very likely the Apple Watch as well. Ford's news in the in-car infotainment environment included a confirmation of which vehicles the SYNC 3 system would be debuting in inside North America. These systems work with AppLink as well.

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Ford begins 3D-printing parts with Carbon3D

Ford begins 3D-printing parts with Carbon3D

This afternoon Ford announced their collaboration with Carbon3D to begin producing high-quality automotive-grade parts with speed. This team-up began in December of 2014 when the companies began talks on how they might speed up production of certain elements in vehicles while retaining quality control. Redwood City-based Carbon3D presented CLIP - Continuous Liquid Interface Production technology. This technology is able to grow parts from UV-curable resins "at speeds as much as 25 to 100 times faster than conventional 3D printing processes." With quality Ford expects, of course.

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Living with Ford SYNC 3

Living with Ford SYNC 3

There's a war going on for your dashboard, and while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto might have designs on your digits, homegrown systems like Ford SYNC 3 aren't giving up. Latest iteration of Ford's infotainment platform, SYNC 3 raises its game in touchscreen responsiveness, voice recognition, and third-party app support. That makes a whole lot of difference behind the wheel, as I discovered when I took it for an extended test-drive in one of the first 2016 cars to offer it, the new Ford Escape.

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Xbox unveils Ford-inspired controllers to celebrate historic Le Mans race wins

Xbox unveils Ford-inspired controllers to celebrate historic Le Mans race wins

With auto racing's 24 Hours of Le Mans event having just completed this weekend, and the E3 video game event about to kick-off, Microsoft's Xbox is showing off a special set of three controllers that honor Ford's historic race victories. Turn 10 Studios, the developers behind the popular Forza racing game franchise on Xbox, designed the controllers to represent three specific years of Ford's Le Mans history, starting with 1965.

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Halo 5 gets a Ford F-150 to celebrate release at E3

Halo 5 gets a Ford F-150 to celebrate release at E3

The Xbox One release of Halo 5: Guardians will be celebrating with their very own unique Ford F-150 truck. This truck will be popping up first - in the real world - at E3 2015, starting next week. This Ford F-150 Halo Sandcat, as it's called, is a one-of-a-kind vehicle. It's inspired by the aesthetics of the Halo game's United Nations Space Command vehicle, and - unlike that vehicle - is prepared to roll through the real streets in the real world. While this truck isn't prepared for production at the moment, anything is possible.

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