Highlights from the 2015 Geneva Motor Show

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Ford is studying space robots like NASA's Robonaut 2 in its efforts to develop safer conne...

Ford has turned to space robots in an effort to make driving safer and more efficient. The motor car company has embarked on a three-year research partnership with the telematics department of St. Petersburg Polytechnic University in Russia to study communications systems for space robots as a way of improving technology currently under development to produce cars able to communicate directly with one another and with the internet.  Read More

Galpin debuted the GTR1 as part of the Concours d'Elegance Pebble Beach weekend (Photo: An...

It's been more than half a decade since Ford had a legitimate answer for the SRT Viper and Chevy Corvette, and some parties are getting antsy. Galpin Auto Sports made its own rendition of a 2013 Ford GT, adding a downright beastly 1,024-hp V8 engine. Galpin's GTR1 remains true to the original GT in many ways but soars right past Viper and Corvette territory and into McLaren / LeFerrari / Bugatti turf.  Read More

Ford says that the F-150 is the only half-ton pickup truck to offer the LPG/CNG option

Compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles don't get quite as much attention as flashier battery electrics, fuel cell cars and plug-in hybrids, but they are a compelling alternative-fuel option that is available right now. They become even more compelling when they offer dual fuel capabilities. Ford has equipped the 2014 F-150 with such capabilities, calling it the only half-ton pickup truck of its kind.  Read More

The 3D printed Haptic Feedback Shift Knob and internal workings

Harnessing the power of Ford’s open-source platform OpenXC, 3D printing, Bluetooth and a Xbox 360, one of the Detroit automobile manufacturer’s engineers has created a manual shift gear knob that vibrates (haptic feedback) at the optimum time for a gear change.  Read More

Ford's surveillance system monitors the area behind the police cruiser

Ford has found a new use for some of the vehicle sensor systems that help drivers monitor traffic. A new surveillance mode developed in collaboration with California-based Intermotive Inc. uses these sensor systems to give police officers "eyes on the back of their heads," making them aware of any potential dangers behind their vehicles.  Read More

Ford Freeform Fabrication Technology produces sheet metal prototypes in hours instead of d...

Stamping sheet metal is an efficient form of manufacturing, capable of cranking hundreds or thousands of items an hour. The annoying thing is that making new stamping dies is a long, costly process. This is bad enough when it comes to retooling a factory, but creating prototypes for new products can leave designers waiting weeks. The Ford Research and Innovation Center in Dearborn, Michigan has taken a page from the 3D printing handbook and is developing a new way of forming sheet metal that allows designers to create prototypes in hours instead of weeks.  Read More

Ford's Electronic Brake Light system alerts drivers to other vehicles that are braking in ...

The Ford Motor Company recently tested its experimental “Electronic Brake Light” system, as part of the 4-year Safe Intelligent Mobility - Testfield Germany (simTD) joint industry research project. The technology causes a dashboard light to illuminate in your car, when a vehicle in front of you applies its brakes.  Read More

Ford's robotic testing system drives trucks and vans over test tracks without human driver...

Self-driving cars seem like they’ll be on our roads any day now, but what about self-testing cars that can drive themselves around insanely destructive tracks? Engineers at Ford’s Michigan Proving Grounds in Romeo, Michigan, say that they've come up with the industry’s first robotic test system designed to drive trucks and vans over roads that are intended to put a decade of wear on a van in around three months.  Read More

The Ford F-150 SVT Raptor turns SUV thanks to Hennessey

The Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is one of the most rugged, off-road-capable pickup trucks out there. In fact, in a showdown of four of the most off-road-savvy pickups on Earth, PickupTrucks.com named the 2012 F-150 SVT Raptor its winner, lauding it for one of the more dominant contest performances of 2012. Hennessey domesticates the four-door SuperCrew cab Raptor just a little, transforming it into the VelociRaptor SUV.  Read More

Cutaway view of the eWheelDrive hub motor

It's predicted that by the year 2050 there will be 9.3 billion people on Earth and 6.4 billion of them will be living in cities. There could also be four times as many cars on the roads as today, leading to an incredible degree of urban congestion and gridlock. That’s the impetus behind Ford and technology partner Schaeffler’s eWheelDrive electric research car, that moves the motor to the wheel hubs.  Read More

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