According to Ford, the augmented-reality system can be thought of as x-ray vision, though it doesn’t use x-rays to function. Essentially, it lets you see beneath the surface of Ford vehicles, looking at suspension components, the frame, engine, and more. It’s an entirely new way to shop for a car, an especially appealing feature for the tech-minded.
“Think of augmented reality as the blending of virtual reality with real life,” says Garett Carr, Ford global auto shows manager. “It’s like having x-ray vision, with the power to take people deeper into our product and technology stories – it feels a little like magic.”
Other cool cars revealed at the show include the latest F-150, Ford Performance, and EcoSport to optimize power and fuel economy, as well as a self-driving Fusion. When placed alongside the new augmented-reality system, Ford is demonstrating its innovative ideas for the next few years.
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With SYNC Connect, an owner will be able to access his or her vehicle via a smartphone app, which will allow them to do everything from remotely starting their automobiles, to checking the vehicle’s tire pressure and fuel levels, all from their smartphones.
A built in modem is included with the new Escape, and that’s what the new SYNC Connect technology will be linking to in order to execute all of its remote functions. In addition, a two-step authorization process will be required for users to access the system so that private information can be protected.
“New SYNC Connect provides convenience to Ford owners through an easy-to-use app,” said Don Butler, executive director, Ford Connected Vehicle and Services. “The technology helps you seamlessly integrate your vehicle into your lifestyle. Get locked out? Cold outside? Forget where you parked? No problem. Just use your smartphone.”
Ford will be providing five complimentary years of SYNC Connect service, but pricing for the technology after those initial five years has yet to be announced. Come learn more at Cambridge Classic Ford of Cambridge, OH!
MyStreetCred app can help fill you in on your driving habits.
You usually don’t know what your bad habits are until someone points them out to you. This is exactly what the MyStreetCred app does and that is why it was declared the winner at the Ford SYNC AppLink Developer Conference.
MyStreetCred monitors your driving habits and then gives you a report card with areas you need to improve on. For example, it will let you know if you’re driving too fast in inclement weather or if you’re braking too hard and wasting fuel.
“We’re thrilled to see the innovation and ideas from the teams that participated in this year’s Developer Conference,” said Scott Burnell, global lead, partner management, Ford developer program, in a statement. “MyStreetCred stood out because of its innovative use of the new SYNC AppLink developer tools that leverage vehicle information to create dynamic apps in the car.”
MyStreetCred now gets to head to Las Vegas with Ford for the 2016 International CES conference. Tell us at Cambridge Classic Ford of Cambridge, OH your thoughts on this app?
Innovate Mobility Challenge Series 2.0, Ford is changing the world!
There are areas all across the world that currently challenge how we new inventory at Cambridge Classic Ford—whether that’s city traffic congestion, harsh terrain, public transportation, and more. To help tackle these challenges, Ford initiated the Mobility Challenge Series 2.0.
“As a key part of Ford Smart Mobility, our Innovate Mobility Challenge Series helps us engage and collaborate with developers and individuals outside of Ford to find innovative mobility solutions that improve people’s lives,” said Ken Washington, vice president, Ford Research and Advanced Engineering, Ford Motor Company, in a statement. “Technology and global trends are reshaping the transportation landscape, and it’s important to implement solutions that have local relevance for people in different cities.”
This year’s challenges build on the success of the Mobility Challenge Series 1.0 and ask for mobility solutions for Mexico City, Sao Paulo, the Australian Outback, and most recently, the Hsuehshan Tunnel in Taipei, Taiwan.
In the Hsuehshan Tunnel Transformer Challenge, Ford has asked developers to come up with ways to cut through the traffic between Taipei and nearby Yilan. The submission deadline runs until November 19 and is open to worldwide submissions. The grand prize submission will win $15,000.
Drive-by-Wire systems help you control your car with electronics instead of mechanics.
Most cars have mechanical and hydraulic systems for these controls. This requires a lot of different parts that can weigh down your car, and all that metal means serious risk of degradation. Drive-by-wire, conversely, is an innovative technology that is used to electronically control your speed, braking, turning, and any other driving command you give your car, which makes for easier handling.
With drive-by-wire, the heavy mechanical parts are replaced with much lighter electrical wires that use sensors to collect information and then transmit the information to the relevant parts of the car. Sensors on the gas pedal, for instance, measure how much pressure you put on the pedal and send the data to the engine management system. This system determines how much fuel is used to accelerate, among other things.
Furthermore, if the electronic system fails, as batteries and electronics aren’t 100% reliable, a mechanical backup system will kick in, solving the drive-by-wire system’s biggest drawback. Plus, fly-by-wire has been used for a long time in planes, so there’s experience and expertise at play. Overall, safety has been considered when it comes to drive-by-wire, and any major issues have been addressed.
Performance enthusiasts often wonder which American muscle car is “the best,” a subject about which everyone seems to have a different opinion. No matter what camp you fall in, the numbers don’t lie: in June 2015, the Ford Mustang was by far and away the best-selling American muscle car categorized as a muscle car.
In fact, compared to its biggest rival, the Chevy Camaro, Mustang has historically been the stronger nameplate. It wasn’t until after the blockbuster Transformers film that Camaro returned en force with the fifth generation, but Mustang quickly caught up, going just about even with it in terms of sales in 2012 and 2013. By 2014, it had once again overtaken Camaro, and so far this year it has been absolutely crushing the competition.
In June, Mustang sold 11,719 units to Camaro’s 8,611 (and Challenger’s 6,845), beating its longtime rival despite the latter’s 11.5 percent sales improvement. That’s because the Mustang’s new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine—a favorite at Cambridge Classic Ford—helped sales leap by a whopping 53.6 percent! So far this year, the Mustang is up by nearly 28,000 models sold compared to Camaro.
So which car is the best? The numbers tell it all! Let’s face it: deep down, you already knew, didn’t you? Go to Cambridge Classic Ford to see our inventory.
If the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 hasn’t impressed you enough with its long list of awards, earning a top safety score certainly should. The 2015 F-150 recently received a 5-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the highest possible rating a vehicle can get.
The new F-150 is actually the only full-size, light-duty truck that has earned a 5-star rating from the NHTSA. All cab configurations (SuperCrew, SuperCab and Regular Cab) of the F-150 are certified as having a 5-star rating as well.
Engineers of the new F-150 reconfigured its structure, strengthening it will steel and using military-grade aluminum for the body to increase overall performance and safety. In total, 31 safety innovations were utilized to create the safest F-150 ever.
If you haven’t gotten behind the wheel of the all-new 2015 F-150 yet, you’re definitely missing out! Come visit us at Cambridge Classic Ford to take one out for a test drive today.
When you think of the Ford Edge from years past, you probably imagine a very sturdy, very reliable SUV. While those older models can still get the job done, they simply aren’t going to blow anyone away, especially in today’s incredibly competitive SUV market. Therefore, Ford went back to the drawing board to design an all-new Edge that’s ready not just to compete, but to rule the SUV segment.
Ford touts the new Edge as having “Technology with Purpose.” In other words, the new Ford Edge comes with many new or improved features, both inside and out; all designed using cutting-edge technology and materials. Even the car’s frame and suspension systems have been improved, making the car stronger and giving it better handling at the same time.
Thanks to the Edge’s longer wheelbase, you’ll have more room both for your passengers and your cargo in this new model. This new Edge is powered by a 2.0L four-cylinder EcoBoost engine which gets 245 horsepower and 275 lb-ft. of torque.
The design for this better-than-ever Edge came from a special place. Kevin George, now the exterior design manager for the Edge, used to have a job designing cars for Hollywood movies and NASCAR. He also designed the popular “Richocet” toy car you might remember from your youth. It’s no wonder this new Edge looks so special. Come see us at Cambridge Classic Ford to learn more!
Ford has always been a driving force of innovation in the automotive industry, with more than 100 years of creative and efficient new vehicles and products. Just last month – Ford was awarded with the coveted Golden Gear Award.
This award, granted by the Washington Automotive Press Association (WAPA), recognizes Ford’s “111-year history of engineering innovation,” additionally honoring Henry Ford himself for his vision that changed the automobile game.
1.0-liter EcoBoost Engine
The award distribution occurred at WAPA’s 30th Anniversary Gala, a time to reflect on which auto companies have truly maintained a legacy of powerful, efficient vehicles. In light of so many excellent competitors, Ford still remains at the top.
At the gala, one of the vice presidents at Ford, Jim Holland, accepted the award, citing the promising path laid out by Henry Ford and how “the Ford team continues driving innovation through every part of our business to improve people’s lives.”
With Ford EcoBoost engines and the best-selling truck F-Series all over the roads, it’s easy to see that Ford continues to fulfill their namesake’s ideas.
With the advent of mobility apps; such as Uber and Lyft, there has been a definite shift in the way the public utilizes mobility, and Ford is doing its best to keep up with the trend. “There is a white space for a new product,” John Abernethy, Ford’s project lead for the Advanced Product Group in the UK, told the Washington Post.
“Between a taxi and a bus is a space for something else.”
2015 Ford Transit Connect XLT – The new transit vehicle might be based on this.
So what is that something else? Ford announced that it is testing the field as a “mobility provider” with its ride-sharing service app. While continuing its auto making production, the company’s focus will not only be limited to the app development, but for a dedicated transit vehicle for the pooling service as well.
Although still in the developmental stage, Ford’s “dynamic social shuttle” may debut in the streets of London as soon as this year.
We at Cambridge Classic Ford appreciate the forward thinking of the Ford ride-sharing app while the company still maintains its devotion to a quality product.