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Ford creates dedicated Smart Mobility subsidiary for auto future

Ford creates dedicated Smart Mobility subsidiary for auto future

Ford hasn't been shy in exploring self-driving cars and new transportation options, and now the company is setting up a whole new business, Ford Smart Mobility, to focus on that. The new subsidiary will look at the possibilities beyond Ford's current car, SUV, and truck manufacturing, with a startup attitude that the automaker suggests will make it quicker to react to market opportunities and in embracing technologies.

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Ford patent details a movie theater on (self-driving) wheels

Ford patent details a movie theater on (self-driving) wheels

Self-driving cars — the thought of relinquishing the wheel in favor of a passive presence in one’s car is a hard pill for some to swallow, but the technology isn’t without its upsides. You’ll get to nap on the ride to work, some argue. Or, for the parents out there, you’ll get to spend those blessed minutes swaddled in utter silence, free to daydream in peace. For those who find silence uncomfortable, Ford has a different idea: self-driving cars with integrated movie projectors.

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Ford F-150 drivers allege brake failure, NHTSA investigates

Ford F-150 drivers allege brake failure, NHTSA investigates

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced an investigation into complaints that some 2013 and 2014 model year Ford F-150 trucks can experience brake failure. According to the NHTSA, the issue could affect about 420,000 of the 3.5-liter V6 pickups; it has received 33 complaints about the possible issue so far, with some drivers reporting their trucks suffered “complete” braking failure, a few instances of which reportedly resulted in crashes.

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Ford uses optical illusion stickers to hide its car designs

Ford uses optical illusion stickers to hide its car designs

Auto makers use various types of camo to hide cars they need to test on the road but don’t want the public to see. On Thursday, Ford detailed the type of camouflage it uses and gave a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the camo being applied. In this case, Ford is now using a special “sticker camo” that is stuck directly onto the car, though it says it is still using vinyl cladding in “a small percentage” of its tests.

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Ford challenges Uber in Kansas City with on-demand bus service

Ford challenges Uber in Kansas City with on-demand bus service

Residents of Kansas City are about to get a new option in on-demand, ride sharing services. Ford has announced that it's teaming up with the Boston-based Bridj to bring its on-demand shuttle service to the city, making use of the former's Transit vans, which are often used in the commercial sector for carrying equipment. The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority says the service will debut in early March with 10 Ford shuttles hitting the streets.

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2016 Ford Mustang GT Convertible 5.0 California Special Review

2016 Ford Mustang GT Convertible 5.0 California Special Review

As I've discovered on several occasions, often it's only when you go topless that things start to make sense. Ford's 5.0 liter Mustang is a good example: when I drove the 2015 coupe last year, I questioned the need of such a large, naturally-aspirated V8 when the company's EcoBoost engines were so polished.

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A simple tweak is making America’s top-selling truck greener

A simple tweak is making America’s top-selling truck greener

Gas prices might be at a refreshing low, but coaxing more miles - and fewer emissions - out of each gallon still has its charms. Ford plans to do that with its best-selling F-150 truck courtesy of a fairly simple tweak for the 2017 model year, fitting more of its EcoBoost engines with Auto Stop-Start technology.

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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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2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport offers 325hp 2.7L EcoBoost V6

2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport offers 325hp 2.7L EcoBoost V6

Ford has announced some interesting models for the 2017 Fusion mid-size sedan. The new Fusion will come in hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions along with a new high-power Sport V6 version that offers an EcoBoost twin-turbo 2.7L V6 engine. That EcoBoost Sport V6 makes 325hp and 350 lb-ft of torque and is paired with AWD for traction.

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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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