By some accounts, subscription is on the verge of doing for the whole economy what Netflix and Spotify have done to DVDs and CDs — supplant ownership with access to an ever-refreshing supply for a monthly (or weekly) fee. The auto industry is not immune to the trend, but so far the traditional retail model Read More..
Taking part in the research were 160 Ford Transit light commercial vehicles, driven and operated in different sectors and by different businesses, from owner-operators to large fleets, plus a fleet of private Fiesta superminis. Over the course of the year – and over 15,000 days of usage between them – these vehicles covered over one million Read More..
Ford, Honda and Volkswagen have demonstrated or announced vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2X) trials this week. These are all intended to explore technologies to ease traffic congestion, smooth out traffic flow and increase safety and efficiency; and while they currently involve alerts (and later, interventions) to human drivers, in the longer-term the technologies will be applicable Read More..
Automakers are in the midst of a digital transformation that is changing every aspect of their business. Revamping the supply chain to interconnect regional operations and providing more data transparency are just two of the many ways automotive companies can speed up decision making and improve efficiencies, two industry experts said during a webinar this Read More..
Ford Motor’s new Ford Edge is counting on artificial intelligence to optimize traction settings, improve handling and save fuel. The carmaker said its 2019 Ford Edge SUV will have both all-wheel drive and two-wheel drive traction. AI will shift between the two if and when needed. Ford calls the system “all wheel-drive disconnect” and claims Read More..
Safety, reliability and the consumer experience are crucial and arguably more important than the technology, as the industry works to build driverless cars, Ford Motor says in a new report. “We don’t believe that the central challenge in the development of self-driving vehicles is the technology,” the US carmaker said in a 44-page report that Read More..
Assembly line workers at Ford’s production facility in Valencia, Spain, are testing bodysuits incorporating tracking technology, with a view to improving workstation ergonomics. The technology, often used by sports stars to analyse their games (or for replication of their style in video games) records how a person moves, especially their head, neck, shoulder and limb Read More..
Ford Motor Company has created a new organization called Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC, to be based at its campus under development in Corktown, Detroit. The new company is tasked with accelerating Ford’s autonomous vehicle business and capitalizing market opportunities, and will include Ford’s activities in self-driving integration; AV research and advanced engineering; development of AV Read More..
Automakers use their Silicon Valley offices to stay ahead of the curve in high-tech innovation. The local automotive centers are playing a bigger role in car companies’ investment and technology strategies. And, as they grow, they need to attract more highly qualified staff. The last 18 months have seen huge automotive deals moving in and Read More..
Ford China and Baidu have signed an agreement to work together to enrich the consumer experience and develop a sustainable mobility ecosystem in China. The strategic collaboration will look at topics including artificial intelligence, digital services and digital marketing. Baidu’s DuerOS ‘conversational’ AI platform will form the basis of Ford China’s next-generation infotainment systems and Read More..