The idea of using solar panels to give electric cars a little extra boost is nothing new. In fact, the 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has a solar roof that helps to run its electronics, and can give it a couple of extra miles of driving range each day.
Ford knows that autonomous cars will be used in a big way for delivery services. People who buy stuff online don’t always have time or the desire to walk out to the road to get their packages off the autonomous delivery vehicle.
If you’ve ever gotten into your car after a big workout or on a really hot day, you and Ford’s latest robot likely have something in common. A sweaty butt. To make sure that your car seat will stand up to such things, Ford engineers in Europe are going all out.
As a child of the ’80s, I was involved in some very questionable dealings that would see the State taking kids away today. One such occasion was when my paraplegic grandfather took me on the backroads to the drive-up beer store to get his favorite Schlitz beer.
Living in Colorado, I can say unequivocally that mountain views are breathtaking. I can’t imagine what it would be like to be blind or visually impaired and unable to enjoy views like that. Ford wants to allow the visually impaired to “see” the view with their sense of touch.
Ford introduced the all-new 2018 Ford Fiesta in style. The event took place in a big warehouse that they disguised as a club in Germany, so they did what anyone would have done. They had a production-line robot named YuMi act as DJ for the launch party.
Ford is teasing a new LEGO Speed Champions kit that lets you build up two iconic race cars that each won their class in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The set includes the GT40 that won in 1966 and the 2016 Ford GT that won in 2016.
When my daughter was three or four, I got her one of those pink Barbie Power Wheels Mustangs. I think I will remember until my dying day how she would throw that thing into drive and fly out of the driveway sideways.
There’s been lots of buzz in the media about self-driving vehicles of late, but the reality is that it may be quite some time before consumers will have cars that can drive themselves without the need for some driver input.
I can think of few stranger corporate collaborations than that of a major automaker and a major tequila maker. But that’s exactly what’s going on between a Ford and Jose Cuervo.
You see, engineers at Ford have figured out a way to convert old agave plants into car parts.
Over the last few decades, computer graphics have become a more and more essential part of industrial design – especially in the automotive industry. The ability to visualize designs digitally has given designers and engineers the freedom to test and refine concepts and functionality prior to expending time and money on physical prototypes.
Ford has announced its latest smartbike: the MoDe:Flex. The idea behind this concept electric-assist bicycle is that it will warn cyclists of upcoming road damage and potholes using a built-in vibration system. The bike works with an app that comes with an Apple Watch extension that can detect potholes on the road.
I’ve had a backup camera in all of my cars for the last five years or so, and I think it’s a godsend for backing out of tight spaces, and for parallel parking too. As the technology matures and cameras continue to get smaller and cheaper, car companies are starting to expand their usage beyond simple rear view images.
This weekend, developer Turn 10 Studios unveiled three custom Xbox One controllers, in time with Ford’s announcement that it will compete in the 2016 Le Mans. The company behind the Xbox-exclusive Forza Motorsport games themed each controller after one of Ford’s Le Mans cars from the 60s.
3D printing technology continues to improve in quality and usefulness. In fact, major automotive companies like Ford use the technology as a growing part of their design and prototyping process. Now, Ford has decided to take 3D printing to the masses, teaming up with Turbosquid.com