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Posted on May 9, 2019 by Jeff HarrisAutonomous autos are nonetheless just a few years away, however one little robotic is already exhibiting what’s attainable. Nicknamed “Survival”, due to its potential to adapt to its atmosphere, the self-driving robotic delivers spare elements round one in every of our manufacturing crops, dodging unexpected objects, altering its route if obstructed and stopping at any time when essential. “We programmed it to be taught the entire of the plant ground so, along with sensors, it doesn’t want any exterior guides to navigate” stated Eduardo García Magraner, manufacturing supervisor, at our physique plant in Valencia, Spain, the place the robotic is being trialled.“When it first began you possibly can see staff pondering they had been in some type of sci-fi film, stopping and staring because it glided by. Now they simply get on with their jobs figuring out the robotic is sensible sufficient to work round them.” Delivering spare elements
Posted on May 9, 2019 by Jeff HarrisOn-line buying and the development for self-employment are amongst elements which are driving large development in the usage of vans – and contributing to a multi-billion euro injection into the European financial system. So vital is the contribution, €675 billion in 2017 alone, that it exceeds the GDP of countries that embody Argentina, Saudi Arabia, and Switzerland – and has proven a 19 per cent improve, from €569 billion, in contrast with 2012. These are among the many findings of Economics of Industrial Van Utilization Throughout Europe, a brand new report compiled by the Centre for Economics and Enterprise Analysis (Cebr).Ford is Europe’s No. 1 industrial automobile model and we commissioned the report after lately asserting the brand new all-electric Transit van, a part of an prolonged electrified automobile vary that can allow drivers to extra simply adjust to more and more stringent emissions laws. “Vans provide essential assist
Posted on May 2, 2019 by Jeff HarrisMany drivers know that they’ll save on gasoline by shedding the accelerator pedal, however do you know you can even reduce gasoline payments by 12 per cent for those who keep away from pointless braking? We at the moment are introducing know-how in order that drivers can decelerate in good time – and keep away from exhausting braking – based mostly on what lies forward, and even out of sight. EcoGuide will assist clients drive extra easily through the use of satnav data that gives advance discover of junctions, slopes and bends, or upcoming velocity limits.It analyses driving behaviour and presents suggestions through the instrument cluster to work in the direction of one of the best effectivity for the street circumstances forward. “Everybody has skilled events when we now have to brake instantly if a bend is tighter than anticipated, solely to hurry up once more afterwards. EcoGuide will
Posted on May 2, 2019 by Jeff HarrisIf bling is extra your factor than driving then that is the proper automobile for you. It’ll by no means be roadworthy, however this Ford Escort is price a fortune. Why? It’s a one-off 1:25 scale mannequin produced from silver, gold and diamonds. The undertaking has been a slow-burning labour of affection for skilled jeweller – and petrolhead – Russell Lord. The proprietor, through the years, of 55 full-sized Ford Escort automobiles, Lord first started work on this wonderful mannequin 25 years in the past, pouring hundreds of hours into finishing the automobile.The physique is fabricated from silver and the automobile additionally options gold brakes and spoiler, 18-carat gold wheels and bonnet hinges, 18-carat white gold entrance grille, 72-point diamond headlights, orange sapphire indicators and ruby rear brake lights. “It’s been a pastime that I’ve come again to many times however three years in the past I decided to
Posted on May 2, 2019 by Jeff HarrisIn the case of elevating the blood stress, for folks, the weekly store is true up there with getting the youngsters to mattress and meal instances. And whereas toddler meltdowns and journeys to the candy aisle are attempting, few moments may be extra worrying than seeing your little one profession off at excessive pace on a grocery store trolley. Now we’ve got give you a manner of taking the stress out of even that scenario – taking inspiration from the means by which new automobile know-how helps drivers to keep away from accidents on the highway.Out there for many of our fashions, Pre-Collison Help know-how makes use of a forward-facing digital camera and radar to detect automobiles, pedestrians and cyclists within the highway, and mechanically applies the brakes if the motive force doesn’t reply to warnings. The “Self-Braking Trolley” makes use of a sensor to realize an analogous consequence
Posted on May 2, 2019 by Jeff HarrisWe’re integrating new smartphone navigation apps into our SYNC three AppLink infotainment system that permits drivers to soundly entry options via voice management and touchscreen. Utilizing a novel algorithm, what3words divides the entire world into three metre squares and offers every sq. its personal distinctive three phrase handle. Drivers with the iOS or Android app will be capable of navigate to a exact location, reminiscent of a selected entrance on an industrial property or a gathering spot for a mountain bike journey, just by saying three phrases.For instance, saying the phrases gently, skills and quibble, factors to our stand at MWC Barcelona, the place the mixing of the app into our SYNC three system was introduced as we speak Additionally introduced was the mixing of Sygic Truck Navigation that brings options tailor-made for industrial automobiles to an in-dashboard show, serving to vans keep away from slender roads or getting
Posted on May 2, 2019 by Jeff HarrisIt takes some severe velocity and precision to maintain up with energetic MC and music producer Blakie. That’s why we teamed up with the 21-year outdated “Can’t see them” and “Naked Vitality EP” star for a brand new movie that demonstrates the agility of our new Focus ST efficiency automotive. Shot over three days on location at our take a look at monitor in Lommel, Belgium, the movie reveals Londoner Blakie carry out his monitor “Soar” from the passenger seat of the Focus ST – developed by the specialists at Ford Efficiency.Refined applied sciences together with selectable Drive Modes assist the automotive hold tempo in a race with the rapper as he chops and modifications his rhythms and tempos. Blakie even free-styled his lyrics particularly for the movie, to provide them a singular Focus ST twist. “Having a movie made to a monitor I wrote in my bed room
Posted on April 25, 2019 by Jeff HarrisIf bling is extra your factor than driving then that is the right automotive for you. It’ll by no means be roadworthy, however this Ford Escort is value a fortune. Why? It’s a one-off 1:25 scale mannequin produced from silver, gold and diamonds. The mission has been a slow-burning labour of affection for skilled jeweller – and petrolhead – Russell Lord. The proprietor, through the years, of 55 full-sized Ford Escort automobiles, Lord first started work on this wonderful mannequin 25 years in the past, pouring 1000’s of hours into finishing the automotive.The physique is product of silver and the automotive additionally options gold brakes and spoiler, 18-carat gold wheels and bonnet hinges, 18-carat white gold entrance grille, 72-point diamond headlights, orange sapphire indicators and ruby rear brake lights. “It’s been a interest that I’ve come again to repeatedly however three years in the past I decided to complete
Posted on April 24, 2019 by Jeff HarrisOn the subject of elevating the blood strain, for folks, the weekly store is correct up there with getting the youngsters to mattress and meal occasions. And whereas toddler meltdowns and journeys to the candy aisle try, few moments may be extra worrying than seeing your little one profession off at excessive velocity on a grocery store trolley. Now we have now provide you with a manner of taking the stress out of even that state of affairs – taking inspiration from the means by which new automobile know-how helps drivers to keep away from accidents on the street.Obtainable for many of our fashions, Pre-Collison Help know-how makes use of a forward-facing digital camera and radar to detect autos, pedestrians and cyclists within the street, and mechanically applies the brakes if the motive force doesn’t reply to warnings. The “Self-Braking Trolley” makes use of a sensor to attain the
Posted on March 22, 2019 by Jeff HarrisMany drivers know that they will save on gas by shedding the accelerator pedal, however do you know you too can reduce gas payments by 12 per cent in the event you keep away from pointless braking? We are actually introducing know-how in order that drivers can decelerate in good time – and keep away from laborious braking – based mostly on what lies forward, and even out of sight. EcoGuide will assist prospects drive extra easily through the use of satnav info that gives advance discover of junctions, slopes and bends, or upcoming pace limits.It analyses driving behaviour and gives suggestions by way of the instrument cluster to work in the direction of one of the best effectivity for the highway situations forward. “Everybody has skilled events when we’ve to brake all of a sudden if a bend is tighter than anticipated, solely to hurry up once more
Posted on March 13, 2019 by Jeff HarrisIn the event you thought a plain white van is the one possibility accessible for individuals who want to maneuver a lot of stuff, then suppose once more. Our daring and dynamic Sport vans are designed to show heads with eye-catching signature twin stripes, alloy wheels and classy interiors. And our Transit Customized Sport van is now extra highly effective than ever, with 185 PS for extra responsive efficiency. It additionally will get an on-board modem for connectivity on the transfer. The Transit Join Sport van packs a visible punch and has helpful tech for driving within the metropolis, together with a system that may park the van hands-free, and a useful pace limiter.And the Transit Courier Sport van makes an enormous assertion for companies and concrete supply companies, with helpful tech together with voice managed connectivity and rear parking sensors.
Posted on March 7, 2019 by Jeff HarrisAgain ache is the world’s single main reason behind incapacity, and may make travelling by automotive an uncomfortable expertise. One U.Okay. survey even discovered that 75 per cent of drivers have again issues as a result of flawed seating place. To assist drivers and passengers discover reduction from an aching again, our all-new Focus affords entrance seats that may be adjusted for max help and luxury, incomes the automotive a seal of approval from the main spinal well being organisation Aktion Gesunder Rücken e.V., the Marketing campaign for More healthy Backs.Solely seats that adapt to the particular person of their sitting place — slightly than the particular person adapting their place to the seat — can earn the organisation’s approval. The Focus seats obtain this by being adjustable in 18 methods. Testing for the seat concerned over 90,000 miles of real-world driving, and utilizing our “Robutt” robotic backside simulator that
Posted on February 28, 2019 by Jeff HarrisWe’re integrating new smartphone navigation apps into our SYNC three AppLink infotainment system that permits drivers to securely entry options by voice management and touchscreen. Utilizing a singular algorithm, what3words divides the entire world into three metre squares and provides every sq. its personal distinctive three phrase deal with. Drivers with the iOS or Android app will be capable to navigate to a exact location, reminiscent of a selected entrance on an industrial property or a gathering spot for a mountain bike journey, just by saying three phrases.For instance, saying the phrases gently, skills and quibble, factors to our stand at MWC Barcelona, the place the mixing of the app into our SYNC three system was introduced immediately Additionally introduced was the mixing of Sygic Truck Navigation that brings options tailor-made for industrial automobiles to an in-dashboard show, serving to vans keep away from slender roads or getting caught
Posted on February 19, 2019 by Jeff HarrisThe subsequent time you order a sweater it might arrive at the doorstep with assist from a brand new “warehouse on wheels” – at present being trialled in London – that has the potential to assist reduce visitors, cut back emissions, and enhance supply occasions. From groceries to style, the expansion in on-line purchasing throughout Europe means the variety of parcel deliveries is predicted to double within the subsequent ten years. Most of those deliveries are fulfilled by vans, resulting in escalating congestion in lots of cities with common journey occasions in London having risen by greater than 40 per cent in simply three years.Consequently, carriers are underneath growing stress to ship extra parcels, extra shortly, with much less price, whereas persevering with to make sure worker welfare and environmental accountability. Now, we’re trialling a brand new digital supply service, in partnership with Gnewt by Menzies Distribution, that can
Posted on February 18, 2019 by Jeff HarrisIt takes some severe pace and precision to maintain up with energetic MC and music producer Blakie. That’s why we teamed up with the 21-year previous “Can’t see them” and “Naked Vitality EP” star for a brand new movie that demonstrates the agility of our new Focus ST efficiency automotive. Shot over three days on location at our take a look at observe in Lommel, Belgium, the movie reveals Londoner Blakie carry out his observe “Bounce” from the passenger seat of the Focus ST – developed by the specialists at Ford Efficiency.Refined applied sciences together with selectable Drive Modes assist the automotive hold tempo in a race with the rapper as he chops and adjustments his rhythms and tempos. Blakie even free-styled his lyrics particularly for the movie, to present them a novel Focus ST twist. “Having a movie made to a observe I wrote in my bed room
Posted on February 12, 2019 by Jeff HarrisOn the finish of a busy day, cosying as much as the one you’re keen on needs to be a welcome reduction. However for individuals who share their mattress with a “house invader”, treasured hours will be misplaced merely making an attempt to reclaim a justifiable share of the mattress. Research present that 1 in four of these in relationships sleep higher alone. And over time, sleep loss will increase the chance of harm and accidents at dwelling, work and on the highway. But when separate beds don’t attraction – a phenomenon now so fashionable that there’s a recognised development for so-called “sleep divorces” – what subsequent? One answer could possibly be our “Lane-Holding Mattress”, that applies automotive tech know-how to making sure that even essentially the most egocentric mattress mate stays firmly “of their lane” via the night time.Out there in most of our automobiles, Lane-Holding Assist screens
Posted on February 12, 2019 by Jeff HarrisOn the finish of a busy day, cosying as much as the one you’re keen on needs to be a welcome aid. However for many who share their mattress with a “area invader”, treasured hours could be misplaced merely attempting to reclaim a fair proportion of the mattress. Research present that 1 in four of these in relationships sleep higher alone. And over time, sleep loss will increase the danger of damage and accidents at house, work and on the street. But when separate beds don’t attraction – a phenomenon now so well-liked that there’s a recognised pattern for so-called “sleep divorces” – what subsequent? One resolution may very well be our “Lane-Maintaining Mattress”, that applies automotive tech know-how to making sure that even probably the most egocentric mattress mate stays firmly “of their lane” by way of the evening.Out there in most of our autos, Lane-Maintaining Assist displays
Posted on February 6, 2019 by Jeff HarrisHand gestures, head nods and thumbs-up alerts all assist to make sure drivers, pedestrians and cyclists know what one another is doing. However how will self-driving automobiles, with no human driver, talk with these round them? We’ve been testing one method that makes use of lights to point what the automobile is doing and what it would do subsequent. It’s a part of our analysis into growing a communication interface that may assist autonomous automobiles seamlessly combine with different street customers.To make sure testing was as lifelike and pure as doable, we created the “Human Automobile Seat” and put in it inside a Transit Join van. Designed to seem like an autonomous automobile, with the motive force hidden within the seat, observers might extra successfully gauge responses to a roof-mounted mild bar that flashed white, purple and turquoise to point when the van was driving, about to tug forwards
Posted on January 31, 2019 by Jeff HarrisFor many individuals, canine are part of the household. However whereas most individuals wouldn’t dream of permitting their kids to journey unrestrained, the identical will not be true for his or her pets. We commissioned a survey that exhibits 32 per cent of dog-owning drivers throughout Europe admit to not securing their pets safely within the automobile. To take action is a authorized requirement in lots of international locations, and it’s recognised that this isn’t solely safer for the animals but additionally for drivers, passengers and different street customers.Work on our new Focus wagon was a labour of affection for engineer Rene Berns, who seemed to his three-year previous Australian Shepherd canine Emil for inspiration when designing a automobile that enabled canine to journey extra safely. Throughout testing, Rene enlisted Emil’s assist to make sure the most important attainable crate might be accommodated within the Focus wagon boot area.
Posted on January 29, 2019 by Jeff HarrisGymkhana TEN star Ken Block’s love affair with our pick-ups runs deep. He realized to drive in a single, did his first burn-out in a single and made a 1977 F-150 pick-up the star of his newest video. The “Hoonitruck” has the identical twin-turbo three.5-litre V6 EcoBoost engine because the Ford GT, tuned to ship greater than 900 horsepower, and the biggest 3D metal-printed half for a working car in automotive historical past. The mission was a world effort. Ford Efficiency engineers within the U.S.ran engine efficiency simulations and collaborated with a staff of analysis engineers primarily based right here in Europe to design the half and conduct structural evaluation. Working along with RWTH Aachen’s Digital Additive Manufacturing Institute, in Germany, the staff constructed an intricate aluminium consumption manifold that provides air from the turbochargers to the engine’s cylinders. “We’re lucky to have entry to unimaginable know-how, however this
Posted on January 29, 2019 by Jeff HarrisGymkhana TEN star Ken Block’s love affair with our pick-ups runs deep. He discovered to drive in a single, did his first burn-out in a single and made a 1977 F-150 pick-up the star of his newest video. The “Hoonitruck” has the identical twin-turbo three.5-litre V6 EcoBoost engine because the Ford GT, tuned to ship greater than 900 horsepower, and the most important 3D metal-printed half for a working car in automotive historical past. The challenge was a world effort. Ford Efficiency engineers within the U.S.ran engine efficiency simulations and collaborated with a crew of analysis engineers based mostly right here in Europe to design the half and conduct structural evaluation. Working along with RWTH Aachen’s Digital Additive Manufacturing Institute, in Germany, the crew constructed an intricate aluminium consumption manifold that provides air from the turbochargers to the engine’s cylinders. “We’re lucky to have entry to unimaginable know-how, however
Posted on January 23, 2019 by Jeff HarrisSummer time drivers may need to attend patiently behind one or two caravans earlier than they will overtake. However 15 in a row – all pulled by a single car? Don’t fear. It’s not a scenario you’re more likely to encounter any time quickly. We created our caravan of caravans for a brand new movie that demonstrates the exceptional pulling energy of our new Ranger pick-up. The movie exhibits the brand new Ranger effortlessly towing its 20-tonne convoy when the motive force notices a automotive behind, anxious to overhaul, and waves the opposite driver previous.It’s only then that the variety of caravans turns into obvious. A month within the making and shot on a closed circuit and beneath the supervision of Ford’s security specialists, the movie required the caravans to be strengthened with metal frames and geared up with tow bars back and front. Measuring virtually 100 metres in
Posted on January 21, 2019 by Jeff HarrisIt sleeps 4, and has a kitchen, eating space and even a bathe. However it’s not a home… it’s our new Transit Nugget Camper, which provides all of the comforts of residence whereas letting adventure-seekers discover the open street. Primarily based on our top-selling Transit Customized van and transformed by our long-term motorhome specialist accomplice Westfalia, the Nugget comes with both an adjustable-tilting roof or a hard and fast excessive roof that each create extra room to get cozy. Inside, there’s a fold-out desk with seating for 5, a double-burner gasoline cooker and two double beds.The bigger Nugget Plus even has a built-in rest room and washbasin. And on the street you may get to extra scenic spots between gasoline stops with our tremendous fuel-efficient and smooth-running EcoBlue engine. “Increasingly more clients are recognising the liberty and enjoyable that camper vans can provide,” stated Hans Schep, basic supervisor, Business
Posted on January 8, 2019 by Jeff HarrisBecoming a member of a health club, taking an train class or breaking out the operating package are excessive on many individuals’s checklist of New Yr’s resolutions. However not everybody will wish to – or be capable to – have a bathe earlier than leaping of their automotive to go house afterwards. We’re ensuring that every one this good work isn’t dangerous information on your automotive seat with the assistance of a robotic backside simulator referred to as “Robutt”. First used to make sure that the supplies utilized in our automotive seats may stand up to a decade’s common dry put on and tear, engineers have now developed “Robutt” to simulate what occurs after we get in our automobiles after we are a bit on the sweaty aspect.“Vehicles are part of our on a regular basis lives, and at the moment of yr specifically, so is train,” stated growth
Posted on December 19, 2018 by Jeff HarrisNew Yr’s Eve. Faces lit up with pleasure because the countdown to midnight begins and the skies are illuminated by fireworks. However the soundtrack to that have could be a painful one for pets and worrying for house owners. An estimated 45 per cent of canine within the UK present indicators of worry once they hear fireworks – inflicting misery to house owners and their households too. One attainable reply may very well be a noise-cancelling kennel that makes use of comparable know-how to that present in vehicles and headphones to guard delicate canine ears and guarantee house owners would not have to banish their pets away from the remainder of the household.As soon as microphones contained in the prototype kennel detect the sound of the fireworks, a built-in audio system emits opposing frequencies that in impact cancels out the noise fully – or no less than reduces it
Posted on December 19, 2018 by Jeff HarrisFor the previous six years we’ve had a little bit of enjoyable at Christmas with a cease movement animation video. It’s like our small present to everybody that we hope places a smile on their faces. This yr, we’re at it once more however with a barely extra tender storyline than the standard excessive octane antics of the Snowkhana sequence (or for an interactive expertise, final yr’s will be seen right here). This quick video is an acknowledgement of the function our vehicles can play within the lives of our clients, by the nice occasions and the dangerous.When a younger girl stumbles upon her dad’s previous automotive in a state of disrepair – that she grew up with and even owned after she handed her driving check – how may she not attempt to restore it to its former glory? Some might say vehicles are simply steel, however typically
Posted on December 19, 2018 by Jeff HarrisIn London, the shortest day of the yr delivers virtually 9 fewer daytime than the longest. And brief winter days are usually when plumbers and heating engineers want each accessible minute to repair pipes and heating techniques that may break in freezing climate. To assist tradespeople stick with it working even after the solar has gone down, our new Transit van incorporates a highly effective and energy-efficient LED downlighter. Mounted on the rear of the van’s roof, it lights up an space behind the car for working with instruments and tools on a workbench. “The brand new downlighter is an instance of a easy concept that helps hard-working tradespeople get the job achieved for his or her clients,” mentioned Michael McDonagh, Transit international chief programme engineer, Ford of Europe.
Posted on December 18, 2018 by Jeff HarrisNew Yr’s Eve. Faces lit up with pleasure because the countdown to midnight begins and the skies are illuminated by fireworks. However the soundtrack to that have is usually a painful one for pets and worrying for homeowners. An estimated 45 per cent of canine within the UK present indicators of concern once they hear fireworks – inflicting misery to homeowners and their households too. One attainable reply may very well be a noise-cancelling kennel that makes use of comparable expertise to that present in vehicles and headphones to guard delicate canine ears and guarantee homeowners would not have to banish their pets away from the remainder of the household.As soon as microphones contained in the prototype kennel detect the sound of the fireworks, a built-in audio system emits opposing frequencies that in impact cancels out the noise utterly – or a minimum of reduces it considerably. Excessive-density cork,
Posted on December 10, 2018 by Jeff HarrisSnow, ice, rain, darkness, wind and the blinding low solar; there’s little marvel that many drivers, regardless of their stage of expertise, dislike driving in winter. In Britain, greater than half of motorway fatalities occur at evening in rain, snow or ice, and it’s the same story for fatalities in built-up areas. Driving too rapidly for the situations is a key think about all winter accidents, and one thing commonest amongst youthful, extra inexperienced drivers. And do you know?: A European Fee report states typical younger driver is almost certainly to crash between 8pm and 2am on a Friday or Saturday evening, the place darkness is an element A European Street Security Observatory report highlights insufficient planning is why most younger drivers crash.It states a scarcity of all of the required particulars or that the motive force’s/rider’s concepts don’t correspond to actuality, are because of lack of expertise A
Posted on November 29, 2018 by Jeff HarrisIt’s typically solely after accidents have occurred that specific junctions or stretches of highway are recognized as problematic for drivers, cyclists or pedestrians. We have now provide you with a method by which massive information may probably assist cities determine places which, if nothing is completed, are probably to be the scene of future site visitors incidents. To assist discover the reply, we spent the final yr recording 1 million kilometres of car and driver behaviour in and round London.We tracked automobile journeys within the metropolis and logged extremely detailed driving information from driving occasions corresponding to braking, the severity of that braking, and even the place hazard warning lights have been utilized. This helped to determine “near-misses”. We then cross-referenced this data in opposition to current accident reviews and constructed an algorithm to find out the chance of the place future incidents would possibly happen. “Our insights have
Posted on November 23, 2018 by Jeff HarrisSee a buddy attain for the automobile keys after a boozy evening out and many people will converse out or persuade them at hand over the keys. However how in the event that they insist on driving drained? Fatigue is a significant factor in as much as 1 in 5 highway crashes and based on consultants, remaining awake for intervals in extra of 18 hours can impair talents to a level that’s akin to exceeding the drink drive restrict in lots of nations. We commissioned the creation of a “Sleep Go well with” that allows wearers to expertise the debilitating impact that tiredness can have.Transport accidents are the main reason for dying amongst younger individuals, and we are going to combine coaching with the go well with into Driving Expertise for Life (DSFL) our free younger driver coaching programme for 17- to 24-year-olds. “Drive if you’re drained and also
Posted on November 22, 2018 by Jeff HarrisThey might be a vital ingredient in creating the gorgeous autumnal landscapes so beloved by photographers, however in sure conditions leaves can current a big hazard to drivers. These within the know have lengthy in contrast the impact to driving on snow. However may the common-or-garden leaf actually be as slippery because the white stuff? Our engineers have provide you with a solution – after conducting a singular experiment as a way to discover out. Getting the info for the snow was the straightforward half.This was sourced from car testing in snowy Scandinavian places. However there was no analysis to point out how slippery leaves had been. To repair that, the group gathered luggage of leaves and used them to cowl the take a look at observe at our proving floor in Belgium. They then referred to as within the assist of a friction-testing machine that identifies how slippery
Posted on November 22, 2018 by Jeff HarrisEver puzzled what crash testing regarded like – from a dummy’s perspective? That’s how we determined to showcase our new £13.75 million “sled take a look at” facility. Bridging the hole between full-scale crash checks and digital crash checks, sled checks topic autos – and the dummies inside them – to the identical accelerations skilled in real-world street accidents. Video cameras document as much as 1,000 frames per second that engineers can then scrutinise the consequences for enhancements. The brand new Ford Focus was the primary automotive to be developed utilizing the brand new facility and has a most 5-star security score from the Euro NCAP impartial crash testing authority.
Posted on November 10, 2018 by Jeff HarrisWhen this Mustang suffered irreparable inside harm, it seemed like the tip of the highway. However cartoonist and illustrator Fabrizio De Tommaso had different concepts that – from the surface a minimum of – it might turn out to be a murals. Known as Mustang #FightTheDarkness, the reinvented automobile, created utilizing spray cans, was revealed at worldwide comedian conference Lucca Comics and Video games, in Italy. Having proposed the concept to De Tomasso, our Italian group is now trying into discovering the distinctive automobile a brand new dwelling, the place it may be completely displayed.“I instantly considered a flash of sunshine that enveloped the automobile and exploded from the bonnet, into pure vitality. This automobile has the power to make us all really feel a bit like a superhero,” mentioned De Tommaso, who has loved worldwide success with creations together with paranormal investigator Dylan Canine.
Posted on November 7, 2018 by Jeff HarrisThe Isle of Man TT Competition is among the many most well-known motorsport festivals on the planet. Yearly, over two weeks, 30 million followers tune in to see prime motorcyclists check their expertise on the unimaginable “Mountain Course”. However you don’t must be on two wheels to get the perfect out of what’s considered one of Europe’s Biggest Driving Roads. For the most recent in Ford’s sequence of movies that showcase hidden gems for drivers and travellers alike, journalist Steve Sutcliffe received behind the wheel of the Ford Mustang Bullitt, on the island the place many roads usually are not restricted by pace limits.(Though there are nonetheless legal guidelines towards careless and harmful driving.) “Think about German autobahns, then add hills and twists, and shrink it to a single carriageway with unimaginable views, and what you’ve got are these totally implausible, and dramatic, roads,” mentioned Sutcliffe. “The ‘Mountain Highway’
Posted on November 1, 2018 by Jeff HarrisAs soon as it was a way that helped shield knights in armour from the crashing blows of their rivals. Now, we’re making use of a cutting-edge model of the identical know-how to assist make our automobiles safer than ever. The primary absolutely automated hot-forming course of shapes and cuts elements of the automobile – that are integral to defending drivers and passengers – utilizing large furnaces, robots and three,000° C lasers. “We’re constructing on strategies used to strengthen metal for 1000’s of years, incorporating trendy supplies and automation to hurry and refine the hot-forming course of,” stated Dale Wishnousky, who heads up manufacturing in Europe.“The ensuing boron metal security cell helps to make the all-new Focus one in every of our most secure autos ever.” The recent-forming line – absolutely built-in throughout the Saarlouis Car Meeting Plant in Germany – was constructed as a part of a latest
Posted on October 24, 2018 by Jeff HarrisIn accordance with a current survey, most individuals are scared driving after darkish, one thing that, with the clocks about to return, will quickly be taking place for an increasing number of folks. We’re the primary producer to introduce know-how that makes use of highway indicators and lane markings because the cue to regulate headlight beams that higher illuminate the highway forward. On the brand new Focus it will, for instance, widen the beam when approaching a roundabout in order that drivers are in a position to see pedestrians and cyclists on the kerbside extra simply.Somewhat than relying on GPS mapping, which doesn’t all the time replicate the most recent highway format adjustments, the brand new system harnesses digicam and lighting applied sciences to presents real-world warning of what lies forward. “The dream is that night time driving want be no tougher than driving within the day. Our newest
Posted on October 19, 2018 by Jeff HarrisShould you want a Ford GT in your life then take coronary heart. After initially asserting 1,000 fashions worldwide again in 2016, we at the moment are going to maintain constructing our high-performance supercar into 2022 – elevating the quantity constructed to 1,350. Following overwhelming demand, the window for functions for a brand new Ford GT – powered by a twin-turbocharged, three.5-litre EcoBoost V6 engine to a prime pace of 216 mph – will re-open at FordGT.com for one month from November eight.
Posted on October 10, 2018 by Jeff HarrisThink about a world the place negotiating busy junctions doesn’t require you to attend at a pink mild and the one purpose to cease your automobile is as a result of you’ve got arrived at your vacation spot. Yearly, the typical driver spends two days ready at site visitors lights. And never solely can junctions be irritating – they’re additionally the reason for as much as 60 per cent of highway site visitors accidents. In addition to saving time, avoiding stopping at junctions might save gas, as drivers keep away from braking and accelerating away from the lights.We are actually trialling a brand new means through which linked automobile know-how might assist – and that takes its lead from how individuals negotiate their means by way of busy crowds, by slowing down or dashing as much as keep away from collisions, with out coming to a standstill. Intersection Precedence
Posted on September 26, 2018 by Jeff HarrisOften called the “Inexperienced Hell”, the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife, in Germany, is a must-drive vacation spot for petrolheads world wide. Even for knowledgeable drivers, it may be demanding. So how about drifting the total 20.7-kilometre circuit? That’s precisely what champion drifter Vaughn Gittin Jnr has finished – behind the wheel of his 900hp Ford Efficiency 5.zero Aluminator XS powered Ford Mustang RTR Drift automotive, the primary time the feat has been achieved. * For Gittin Jnr is was all about having a “good time, not a lap time”.However he nonetheless hit speeds in extra of 240 km/h, shredded three units of tyres, and maxed out in sixth gear on the sideways entries into the bends.
Posted on September 24, 2018 by Jeff HarrisAlong with Vodafone, we’re testing know-how that would alert drivers to an accident forward moments after it has occurred. The system may present early warning that emergency autos are approaching – and which aspect of the street drivers ought to transfer in direction of to keep away from being an obstruction. The implications of blocking emergency autos – and delaying their arrival on the scene of an accident – may show deadly. In truth, consultants imagine that survival charges for street accident victims will be improved by as a lot as 40 per cent in the event that they obtain remedy simply 4 minutes extra shortly. The system is designed to create an “emergency hall” alongside which hearth engines, ambulances and police autos can attain their locations extra shortly; and is being trialled as a part of KoMoD (Kooperative Mobilität im digitalen Testfeld Düsseldorf) – a €15
Posted on September 18, 2018 by Jeff HarrisWe’re heading to Hanover in Germany this week to indicate off our newest Transit van. Our largest Transit, with a 2-tonne capability, can be exhibiting off its capacious measurement, environment friendly engine choices and even a decrease emission gentle hybrid model. It has some welcome additions for drivers too, the massive van now extra car-like to drive and with tech like wide-angle entrance and rear cameras, hands-free parking and even hands-free exiting from parallel parking areas. Our new Transit Customized plug-in hybrid can be making its production-ready debut alongside it too.For these wanting sporty, the Ranger Raptor can be on present, together with a brand new Transit Join Sport Van. Plus we’re revealing some sensible new linked companies that allow fleet house owners use knowledge uploaded to the cloud from their autos to test their drivers are driving safely whereas maximising fleet effectivity, which is all the time factor
Posted on September 13, 2018 by Jeff HarrisFord auf der IAA Nutzfahrzeuge Hannover Am 20. September öffnen (die Tore der IAA Nutzfahrzeuge in Hannover. Als einer der führenden Hersteller von leichten Nutzfahrzeugen präsentiert sich Ford mit einem Querschnitt seiner Modellfamilie – bestehend aus den vier Baureihen Courier, Join, Customized und Transit. Einer der Schwerpunkte wird dabei die Konnektivität/Vernetzung im Nutzfahrzeugbereich sein. So werden wir unter dem Motto „Born Linked“ Fahrzeuge präsentieren, die serienmäßig mit On Board-Modems ausgerüstet sind.Ein weiterer Schwerpunkt ist das Thema elektrifizierte Antriebe. Ins Scheinwerferlicht rücken somit zum einen der serienreife Transit Customized PHEV mit Plug-in-Hybrid-Technologie und zum anderen der modernisierte Ford Transit, der im Zwei-Tonnen-Nutzlastbereich angesiedelt ist und in Hannover Weltpremiere feiert. Der Ford Transit wird als erstes Fahrzeug seines Segments mit einem 48 Volt-Gentle-Hybrid-Antrieb (mHEV) zu euch rollen. Darüber hinaus wird am Ford Messestand modern Telematik- und Datendienste vorgestellt, mit denen Flottenbetreiber ihre Fuhrparks noch effizienter managen können. Unser Stand ist in
Posted on September 3, 2018 by Jeff HarrisDo you know the common school-child grows at a price of 6 centimetres a 12 months? Children may even shoot upwards a whopping 16 centimetres in a single 12 months… with spurts of as much as half a centimetre in a single evening. That implies that some college students can be hopping into the household automobile to return to high school 2 centimetres taller than after they began their summer time break. One scientific research even confirmed college students get taller even sooner than regular throughout their summer time holidays, as a result of they’re much less confused. Our new Ford Focus presents extra room than ever for rising children as they head again to high school this autumn. There’s 5 centimetres more room for lengthier legs than the outdated model – that means extra room than some other automobile of its kind. The ground
Posted on August 31, 2018 by Jeff HarrisAngelo Paletta is self-diagnosed with OCD… “obsessive automobile dysfunction”. Loopy about our automobiles his complete life, he’s amassed a shocking assortment of quick Fords together with Mustangs and GT supercars in his particular “automobile cathedral”, close to Ontario, Canada. And fairly than preserving his prized possessions behind closed doorways, Angelo is comfortable to share his ardour by internet hosting charity occasions, get-togethers and barbecues. Take a look at Angelo’s wonderful assortment of Ford automobiles and memorabilia on this video:
Posted on August 31, 2018 by Jeff HarrisPetrol-heads will recognise it as one of the vital well-known paint schemes in motorsport – the orange and blue of the legendary American Gulf Oil-sponsored Ford GT40 racing automobile. The Le Mans 24 Hours-winning 1968 Ford GT40 that first sported this iconic paint job was one among only a few particular person vehicles to attain repeat victories within the gruelling race, when it took the fourth GT40 win in a row in in 1969. Fifty years on from the 1968 victory, we’ve revealed our new Ford GT Heritage Version full with Gulf paint-scheme. Along with the outside colors, cool retro particulars embrace one-off 20-inch aluminium wheels, silver rear-view mirror caps, and blue and orange stitching for the seats and steering wheel. Not like earlier Ford GT Heritage Editions, this particular mannequin might be on sale for 2 years as a substitute of only one, with the
Posted on August 30, 2018 by Jeff HarrisThink about if you happen to may instantly perform an arduous – however important – activity across the house or at work in a fraction of the time it will usually take, thanks to 1 easy innovation. That’s the case for workers at our Dagenham Engine Plant within the UK, who at the moment are utilizing drones to examine high-up and hard-to-reach elements of the manufacturing facility, whereas conserving their ft firmly on the bottom. Upkeep groups use radio-controlled drones fitted with superior digital cameras to view areas of the plant they’ll’t see from floor degree.This fashion they’ll test that buildings – together with these supporting the plant’s heavy equipment – are well-maintained and adjust to rigorous security requirements. Whereas the job used to take hours to finish utilizing scaffolding, the workforce can now examine a 40-metre lengthy space of the plant in simply 12 minutes. With the time
Posted on August 21, 2018 by Jeff HarrisPlayers anticipating to see solely digital variations of their favorite vehicles at this yr’s Gamescom exhibition are in for a shock. We’ve develop into the primary carmaker to launch an actual automobile at Europe’s largest video gaming occasion. Our “bad-ass” new Ranger Raptor pick-up is a thoroughbred desert racer and excessive life-style off-roader, and makes its European debut on the present in Cologne, Germany, earlier than happening sale to thrill-seekers in 2019. The hardest and most high-performing model ever of our fashionable pick-up – which beforehand tore up the monitor at Goodwood Pageant of Pace – may also be added to the upcoming Xbox open-world racing sport Forza Horizon four, providing players hours of dirt-churning pleasure on digital racetracks. Take a look at our explosive video of the Ranger Raptor – full with “don’t do that at house” stunts. We’ve additionally introduced our particular 4D
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Posted on August 20, 2018 by Jeff HarrisYou spoke, and we listened (or at the very least our big Focus letters, powered by synthetic intelligence, did). And now we all know what you’re actually into. In Italy, there’s a ardour for mermaids, in Germany its tree frogs, in Spain its ft and right here within the U.Okay. its Vikings – or at the very least it’s for some individuals. Throughout the board the preferred mentions – that have been then displayed throughout the enormous letters in landmark places – have been journey, music and naturally, on lots of people’s minds earlier this summer season, soccer.The large first-of-its-kind set up consisted of 540 LED video tiles embedded on a six-metres excessive, 30-metres lengthy construction to spells the phrase FOCUS. Coaching the Synthetic intelligence alone took 200 hours. Throughout Europe, over 2,500 individuals interacted with our Focus letters, with 84 per cent of them downloading their personalised content
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