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The LAPD just got the world’s first hybrid cop car, and it’s fast

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As gas-only vehicles gradually give up some of their kingdom to electric and hybrid cars, it's only a matter of time before service vehicles get in on the action, too. We've already seen green alternatives to gas-guzzling semi trucks and cargo vans, but police pursuit vehicles are a specialized case that just hasn't been able to go hybrid — that is, until now. And who better to help the LAPD go green than the company responsible for some of the most popular police cars of all time, Ford.

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Mike Wehner

April 11th

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Tesla, Google, and Uber are all losing the self-driving car race

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If you see a headline about self-driving car tech, chances are great that it's a story about Tesla, Uber, or Google, but mindshare doesn't always match up with reality and a new study focusing on what companies are leading the charge in automated vehicles puts seasoned carmakers firmly in the driver's seat. The study, which was conducted by Navigant, declares Ford, GM, Daimler, and Renault-Nissan to be the current leaders in automated vehicle technology, with Silicon Valley stars like Uber and Tesla still trying to catch up.

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Mike Wehner

April 4th

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Ford patents a head rest specifically designed to hide a travel pillow

screen-shot-2017-02-27-at-9-20-32-am Ford might have just solved a question that puzzled the automotive industry for eons: Where does one store a travel pillow in a car? On the floor? In the trunk? In an NPR tote bag in the backseat? Nope. Ford wants to store a travel pillow in the head rest, of course. This new patent filing by Ford illustrates a secret compartment built-into a vehicle’s head rest. There’s a… Read More

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Matt Burns

February 27th

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Alexa will soon be able to unlock your car and start your engine

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Amazon doesn't even have a formal presence at CES 2017 but you'd never know it by the number of times Alexa is being mentioned on the show floor. She's in speakers, baby monitors, and now she's sharing the stage with Ford as the automaker is finally showing off how she'll act behind the wheel. Ford's SYNC 3 AppLink software is going to make it possible to access Alexa's ever growing list of skills and voice commands while you're behind the wheel, and even control some of your car's functions while you're sitting in your living room.

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Mike Wehner

January 5th

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Can someone please teach Uber’s self-driving cars to read road signs?

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Uber's self-driving cars are marvels of modern technology. Unfortunately, they also don't seem to know what a one-way street looks like. A video posted to Facebook shows one of Uber's autonomous Ford Fusions undergoing testing in Pittsburgh. By "undergoing testing," I really mean making a turn down a one-way road, before the human realised the mistake and made a large and embarrassing U-turn in the intersection.

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Chris Mills

October 5th

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There’s finally a major car company more ambitious than Tesla

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The wild success Tesla experienced with the Model S clearly demonstrated that not only is there a viable market for EVs but that electric cars may very well be where the entire auto industry is headed. In a similar vein, the work that Tesla is carrying out with its Autopilot software is influencing other established players within the auto industry to devote an ever-increasing proportion of R&D dollars towards self-driving car technologies.

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Yoni Heisler

August 17th

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Ford’s Testing Its Autonomous Cars in the Dark

If you don’t enjoy driving in the dark, Ford’s latest autonomous car tests will cheer you up. The company’s announced that it’s been successfully testing its cars at nighttime, a scenario that brings its own set of fairly obvious challenges for self-driving vehicles.

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Jamie Condliffe

April 11th

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Ford’s first vehicle w/ Apple’s CarPlay will be 2017 Escape in May

Ford today announced that its first vehicle to offer support for Apple’s iPhone-connected, in-dash CarPlay system will be the 2017 Escape going on sale in May.

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Jordan Kahn

March 18th

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The Nightmare That Is Backing Up a Huge Trailer Just Got Easier

Backing into a parking spot is an impossible challenge for many drivers. How about backing up while also towing a trailer? That could get at least a little easier with a nifty feature on the upcoming 2017 Ford Super Duty pickup, called Trailer Reverse Guidance.

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Andrew Liszewski

March 16th

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The Nightmare That Is Backing Up a Huge Trailer Just Got Easier

Backing into a parking spot is an impossible challenge for many drivers. How about backing up while also towing a trailer? That could get at least a little easier with a nifty feature on the upcoming 2017 Ford Super Duty pickup, called Trailer Reverse Guidance.

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Andrew Liszewski

March 16th

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