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Ford might just move the driver, not go driverless

Ford might just move the driver, not go driverless

Ford's new Palo Alto research center may have driverless cars on the menu, but technology shifting the human driver from the car to across the country might be closer to primetime if engineers have their way. Virtual valets and remotely-piloted car sharing schemes could take advantage of increasingly electrified cars and faster LTE networks, Ford's Mike Tinskey explained to me, with a controller potentially thousands of miles away taking the wheel when a local driver isn't available or practical. Right now, that means going on a joyride in an Atlanta parking lot, when you're actually sat at a Logitech gaming wheel in California.

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Ford’s new Silicon Valley lab isn’t all pie-in-the-sky

Ford’s new Silicon Valley lab isn’t all pie-in-the-sky

Self-driving cars are undoubtedly the most attention-grabbing project at Ford's new tech outpost in Palo Alto, but it's not all the team is working on, and other schemes are far closer to helping modern drivers. The Research and Innovation Center is also exploring how digital dashboards can be smarter, how smart home gadgets like Nest can play nicely with your car, and even how a little Project Ara style modularity could make Fords more future-proof. Read on for three of the more down-to-earth - and potentially closer to production cars at your nearest Ford dealer - projects underway.

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Ford R&D Palo Alto puts driverless cars in pole position

Ford R&D Palo Alto puts driverless cars in pole position

Ford CEO Mark Fields may have been critical of the auto industry’s attempts to over-hype driverless cars, but that doesn’t mean the company isn’t working on its own model at its new Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto, California. The car firm has snagged a former Apple engineer, Dragos Maciuca, to lead its innovation efforts, heading projects like autonomous and remotely-piloted vehicles, integrating the dashboard with the smart home - including hooking up with the Google-owned Nest thermostat - and leveraging GPU acceleration for things like swifter speech recognition.

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Ford Focus RS teased with squealing track outing

Ford Focus RS teased with squealing track outing

Ford's showing at Detroit certainly wasn't quiet, with a new GT, track-ready Shelby version of the Mustang, and the beefy F-150 Raptor, but the grunt isn't over with, a new teaser video for the all-new Focus RS promises. The potent little hatchback isn't expected to be officially detailed until early next month, but that hasn't stopped Ford from throwing it around a couple of text tracks to really whet our appetites. Best of all, although those in North America may have had to feign lacking interest in the previous Focus RS, for once they can get just as excited as the rest of us.

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Ford Mustang sets sail as pony goes international

Ford Mustang sets sail as pony goes international

Ford's Mustang may be the quintessential American muscle car for many, but the pony car has ambitions further afield in its sixth generation. The first exports of the 2015 Mustang to international buyers has begun this week, Ford confirmed today, with plans to make both right- and left-hand drive versions available in more than 100 different markets. Unfortunately, just because the first cars are leaving ports now, that doesn't mean everyone will be getting the Mustang soon.

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NHTSA investigating Ford recall for possible expansion

NHTSA investigating Ford recall for possible expansion

Adding to the list of vehicles it is investigating, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced that it is probing a previous Ford recall to see whether it should be expanded to cover quite a few additional vehicles. Ford has previously recalled 3,000 trucks in October of 2013 over troubles with the exhaust gas temperature sensor, and the NHTSA is looking into whether that recall needs to be boosted to include 200,000 vehicles. The affected model years are 2011 and 2012.

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Grunt versus Green: Detroit shows an auto industry torn

Grunt versus Green: Detroit shows an auto industry torn

Not everything on four wheels is created equal, and while the Detroit Auto Show had its fair share of eco-mindful cars this week, the industry still couldn’t resist some heavy duty muscle. Cars like the new Chevrolet Volt and its baby - and currently only conceptual - brother, the Bolt, showed GM isn’t giving up on plug-in hybrid and range-extended cars. Its efforts were arguably overshadowed with the reveals of Ford’s GT and Acura’s NSX, however, along with a brace of new, luxury vehicles that gave only minor nods to the environment, if at all.

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Ford GT to adorn Forza Motorsport 6 cover

Ford GT to adorn Forza Motorsport 6 cover

We got a look at Ford's beastly GT earlier today at the Detroit Auto Show, and coming alongside it was an announcement hand-in-hand with Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios: that new GT will be adorning the cover for Forza Motorsport 6, and select Ford vehicles including the Shelby GT350 will be available in-game. Those hoping to score additional details about the game will be disappointed, however, as you will have to wait until later on this year to get more info.

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Ten new Ford GT details we love

Ten new Ford GT details we love

Ford dropped jaws and set supercar fans twittering when it revealed the new Ford GT at the Detroit Auto Show today, a classic name reborn for a 600+ horsepower monster. While we'll have to wait until next year for Ford to actually put the 2017 GT into production, what particularly impresses is just how how detailed the car is today. Incredible aerodynamic contouring, lamps like precious jewels, and a level of finish that we're simply not used to seeing from concepts and prototypes, we couldn't help but whip out the zoom lens to share some of the more delicious details from the new GT.

Update: If you want to see the full car in all its glory, our original Ford GT article has plenty of live images. Past the cut, we're going to focus in on some of our favorite details.

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Ford Shelby GT350R: the most track-ready street legal Mustang ever

Ford Shelby GT350R: the most track-ready street legal Mustang ever

This week the folks at Ford have shown off the Shelby GT350R Mustang, a vehicle they're suggesting is the most "track-capable" production-level Mustang they've ever built. This vehicle will be coming to the United States as well as Canada later this year (2015), and is quite the looker. We got a chance to see it in press photos earlier today with amped-up levels - now we're having a peek with our own photos captured at the North American International Auto Show 2015.

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