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Ford apes Tesla with speed-spotting car cameras

Ford apes Tesla with speed-spotting car cameras

Ford is adding speed limit sign recognition to its range, with the first implementation of the company's traffic sign scanning tech showing up - among other geeky add-ons - on the new S-MAX. Dubbed Intelligent Speed Limiter, like Autopilot on the Tesla Model S, the system uses cameras to keep an eye out for posted speed limits and then varies the amount of fuel reaching the engine to keep a legal pace. According to Ford, it could mean the difference between staying on the right side of the law and losing your license, particularly if driving abroad where the limits might be unexpectedly lower.

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I drooled a little on the 2016 Ford Focus RS

I drooled a little on the 2016 Ford Focus RS

Sorry Ford, but you can't bring a ridiculously appealing 315HP hot-hatch along to a motor show and not expect car fans to drool around it. The surprise edge had already been taken off the 2016 Focus RS, a Ken Block tuned five-door with serious road-going abilities but a (probably) attainable price tag, but there's nothing quite like seeing the latest fruits of the Ford Performance division in the metal to whet the appetite and get you chomping at the bit for next year to arrive.

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Ford said to have long-range all-electric car in the works [Update: denied]

Ford said to have long-range all-electric car in the works [Update: denied]

All-electric cars are starting to gain quite a bit of momentum. Many consumers are waiting for auto manufacturers to come down in pricing, and bring an affordable model to market before they’re ready to make the plunge. Chevy has their new Bolt, which is the first bank-account-friendly model from a major manufacturer. Tesla has the Model 3 incoming, and a new report suggests Ford is getting in the game, too, and will announce an affordable all-electric car this year. [Update: Ford has denied the report; more after the cut]

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Ford MoDe:Me e-bike tackles cities with smart sensors

Ford MoDe:Me e-bike tackles cities with smart sensors

Ford may be busy working on driverless cars to streamline the city, but until the robot takes the wheel it might be electric folding bikes that cut congestion. The car firm revealed its take on the e-bike segment at Mobile World Congress today, a commuter-friendly cycle dubbed the MoDe:Me and a companion app running on an iPhone 6 mounted on the handlebars for delivering navigation directions, smart re-routing, controlling the power-assist pedaling, and even integrating with the SYNC infotainment system in Ford's cars.

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Car Hackers meld 90s Bronco with Ford Raptor

Car Hackers meld 90s Bronco with Ford Raptor

OJ made the plain white Bronco something of an icon in his slow speed chase years ago. Some car geeks have taken a Bronco that looks much like the one that OJ drove and hacked it up to make something very cool that you probably won’t see again. What started as a 1993 Ford Bronco is now a Frankenstein monster of a vehicle with the heart of a 2011 Raptor.

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Behold, fresh freeway terror: Ford’s 2016 Police Interceptor Utility

Behold, fresh freeway terror: Ford’s 2016 Police Interceptor Utility

The flicker of red and blue lights in your rear-view mirror and the wail of sirens: getting pulled over on the freeway is seldom fun, but if you're lucky the cop responsible might show you their new 2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility. Freshly revealed ahead of its official debut at the Chicago Auto Show, the heavily-customized SUV doesn't just look the part but - thanks to the input of law enforcement employees themselves - should address some of the frustrations lingering around its predecessor, while also including the ability to recognize a sudden chase and switch the powertrain into pursuit mode automatically.

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2015 Ford Focus scores new stability control tech

2015 Ford Focus scores new stability control tech

The 2015 Ford Focus is set to offer the auto maker's Enhanced Transitional Stability Control system, providing the car with technology that recognizes when driving situations have become particularly dangerous, acting to help correct them before the car spins out or starts skidding. Though the technology itself has already been available in some other Ford models, this latest addition will open it up to a wider array of buyers at a lower price point -- all the while proving better than previous offerings.

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Ford Police Interceptor update teased ahead of Chicago debut

Ford Police Interceptor update teased ahead of Chicago debut

You've likely seen more than a few Ford Interceptor vehicles over the years -- maybe you've even been pulled over by one or two, it happens. As with all things, the cars police officers drive around are regularly updated to ensure our law enforcement has the latest and greatest, and that includes the SUV version of Ford's Police Interceptor model. We've seen the 2015 version, but the newest of them all hasn't made its appearance...not yet, at least. We'll be seeing it later this month when it makes its official debut on February 12, but ahead of that Ford has teased the model.

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This is the new Ford Focus RS

This is the new Ford Focus RS

The new Ford GT may be the stunning supercar we covet, but the new Ford Focus RS is the performance car that's realistically within reach. Revealed today, the hot hatch packs Ford's new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine and throws its 315 HP down through Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive, using dynamic torque vectoring and more. The car company turned to Gymkhana star and rallying expert Ken Block to help cook up the Focus RS, and best of all, it's confirmed to be coming to the US.

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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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