One of the coolest things about the Ford Sync system is that the infotainment system in cars that use Sync is updateable with new features. Ford has announced that a new Sync update is available for people to download and install on their cars that will add some much-desired features to the car for iPhone users.
Much of the costs that Ford racks up each year aren’t for raw materials like steel and electronics to build its cars. Much of the costs that take bites out of Ford’s bottom line are directly related to people and labor costs. In Q4 2015, Ford will take a massive charge to the tune of $600 million that covers signing bonuses among other things.
Ford has announced that it will have its new super car called the Ford GT on hand at CES 2016 when the show kicks off in about a month. Ford being on hand at CES isn’t anything new, the show has increasingly turned into a place where automakers not only show off their cars, but at times unveil new tech.
Big police departments don’t buy whatever vehicles are the cheapest or the procurement officer likes the looks of. Some of the big police departments actually have shootouts where the determine which of the cars perform the best before they purchase. In recent testing by law enforcement in Michigan and California, Ford police interceptors came out on top.
Driving while intoxicated is reckless and, unfortunately, too common, especially among young drivers. Various organizations and auto makers have come up with ways to tackle the problem, the latest of which is Ford. The company recently unveiled its 'Drugged Driving Suit,' a suit of sorts that simulates what it is like to drive while under the influence of various illegal drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, and heroin.
The LA Auto Show 2015 is almost upon us, and a refresh of Ford's compact SUV, the 2017 Escape, is setting the scene. Set to be offered with a choice of two of the company's EcoBoost engines, the new Escape hangs its promise around frugality and connectivity, with Ford betting that the young families that it targets with the car will be focused on high-tech ways to save money and time.
Ford is giving its SYNC infotainment system a connected update, with SYNC Connect promising smartphone control of your car. Launching first on the new Ford Escape, SYNC Connect will build on relatively commonplace functions like remote start with the ability to tie the car into a schedule.
Ford has detailed its Active Noise Control system, likening it to conventional noise-canceling headphones in its functionality. The system, which will debut in the Ford Mondeo Vignale, uses sound waves to cancel out other intrusive sounds, such as noise coming from the engine or wind. In due time, the auto maker will roll out this technology in some of its other models, though the company did not elaborate on those plans.
Ford has become the first automaker to test an autonomous car at a new testing facility built by the University of Michigan. The new testing facility is called MCity and it is a simulated urban environment designed to see how autonomous cars behave in the city where traffic rules are vastly different from the highway.
For a long time Ford and Chevy fought it out in the big SUV market with the Bronco and the Blazer. Both of those names eventually died off and then Ford started teasing Bronco fans with news and images of a Concept. Ford has now announced that the Bronco is happening, but not any time soon.
Ford has pulled the wraps off the all-new 2016 Cobra Jet Mustang. This car is a factory built turn-key drag racer that is aimed directly at NHRA Stock and Super Stock competition. The engine in the car is hopped up to handle the pressure of racing, but uses 75% of the same parts that the Mustang GT uses.