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Ford creates sheet metal prototypes in hours instead of weeks

By - July 8, 2013 5 Pictures
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 brings other cars' brake lights onto your dashboard

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
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Robots take a pounding for Ford test drivers

By - June 16, 2013 4 Pictures
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
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Hennessey turns Ford F-150 Raptor into rugged VelociRaptor SUV

By - May 25, 2013 20 Pictures
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
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Ford's eWheelDrive has designs on the urban car of the future

By - May 1, 2013 17 Pictures
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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Ford and GM team up on fuel-saving 9- and 10-speed transmissions

By - April 18, 2013 2 Pictures
Over the course of the past several years, German manufacturer ZF Friedrichshafen has introduced 8- and 9-speed transmissions. Vehicle models from the likes of Chrysler and Land Rover have made use of the new hardware, touting fuel economy gains and other advantages. Now, the other two major Detroit auto manufacturers are teaming up to develop 9-speed transmissions of their own, and they're taking it one step further: 10-speed transmissions. Read More
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Ford injects the pickup truck with next-generation technologies

By - April 5, 2013 39 Pictures
For decades, the pickup truck has been the redneck-jock of automobiles – big, strong, dirty and not necessarily all that smart or refined. With the Atlas Concept, Ford envisions a future where the pickup truck adds a dose of technology and refinement. Consider the Atlas Concept that infuriating jock that managed to get straight As while playing a sport every season. Read More
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Bangkok International Auto Show – the Detroit of the East under the spotlight

The presence of the head of Ford Motor Company at the Bangkok Auto Show was no accident – the New York Motor Show was on at the same time. The Detroit of the East produced 2.45 million cars last year (up 68% on 2011), sold 1.43 million locally (up 80%), and became a global top 10 auto producer. It was already the world's second largest producer of trucks, behind only the United States. With just 18 vehicles per 100 population (America has 76), the Thai domestic market offers promise. The world's auto makers are focusing their quest for growth on Asia and Bangkok is now key to the Asian automotive market. Read More
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Ford expands in-vehicle connectivity in Europe with Ecosport SUV

By - February 25, 2013 12 Pictures
With its SYNC AppLink feature available on various models in the U.S. for a couple of years now, Ford has announced the all-new Ecosport SUV will become one of the company's pioneers in offering the technology in Europe. And Ford didn't waste time waiting for the Geneva Motor Show to make the announcement, choosing to introduce the crossover at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Read More
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