Ford’s new driver-assist system isn’t Autopilot, but it’s a step in the right direction

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Ford announced a raft of new driver-assistance features today, promising to make automatic emergency braking and other safety technology standard on many of its vehicles. The automaker stopped short of trying to look as if it would compete with semi-autonomous systems like Tesla’s Autopilot, but it’s a sign that improved safety technology will be coming to many more vehicles in the near future.

Ford has rolled out a number of new driver-assistance features piecemeal over the years, but now is repackaging five of them together under a new name: Ford Co-Pilot 360. The new system includes automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitors, backup cameras, lane keep assist, and auto high beams. A more premium version that includes adaptive…

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Ford’s Co-Pilot360 tech will make driver-assists standard equipment

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Contrary to what you might think, Ford isn't ignoring autonomous and driver assist systems, it just hasn't talked about them too much recently. As part of its Ford Uncovered event at its Michigan headquarters in Dearborn, the automaker announced its…
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Ford’s vision for driverless police cars offer zero chance to flirt your way out of a ticket


A patent from Ford revealed ideas for autonomous police cars which are capable of finding law-breakers, doling out tickets, and even waiting in hiding spots. The patent, filed in 2016 and spotted by Motor1 last week, details all the ways in which an autonomous police car could help catch law-breaking drivers. The language specifically proposes a future in which autonomous vehicles are more common, and what role police vehicles would play: While autonomous vehicles can and will be programmed to obey traffic laws, a human driver can override that programming to control and operate the vehicle at any time. When…

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Alexa and Waze add depth to Ford’s improving SYNC infotainment system

At the beginning of the year, Ford announced it was adding two big names to its SYNC in-car infotainment system for iPhone users: Amazon Alexa and Google’s Waze. This week I got a brief first look at how both of them work.

The company was in town showing off the Ford EcoSport, a small economy SUV originally launched in China, which has since made its way to Europe and, now, the United States. Equipped with the latest version of SYNC 3, these tiny SUVs are about to hit American streets for the first time, with Ford hoping to take a new bite out of the growing market for trucks, SUVs, and crossovers.

Alexa had already been in Ford cars in a more limited capacity, so let’s start with Waze. The Google-owned navigation service has been…

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Ford’s Drift Stick offers some manual control in an electronic world

Modern cars are packed with so many electronics that even parking brakes have been affected, to the disappointment of driving enthusiasts who need that a traditional hydraulic brake to drift a car on a track like they’re in a video game.

But Ford says it has a solution with its Drift Stick, a lever connected to the electronic brake on the Focus RS that enables drivers to drift the car – provided they know how to drift a car. It’s meant to simulate what an old fashioned hydraulic handbrake would do: lock the rear wheels and allow you to control a slide. To show that, Ford filmed a video where rally driver Ken Block (from the Gymkhana series) takes a car out for a drive with the Stick on a closed track.

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Ford’s on-demand van service is running again in San Francisco

The Ford-owned on-demand commuter van company, Chariot, paused its service in San Francisco last week to fix compliance issues with the California Highway Patrol. The CHP had found that some Chariot drivers did not have required Class B licenses. The…
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Ford’s commuter van service Chariot halts operations in San Francisco

Chariot, an on-demand commuter van service owned by Ford, had to suspend it's operations in San Francisco due to compliance issues with the California Highway Patrol, according to the San Francisco Business Times.
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