Engineers at Ford have gazed into the future with the latest patent filed by the automaker.
The system shows an interior dashboard that involves a removable steering wheel and pedals for self-driving cars.
First discovered by Motor1, the patent states the removable driver functions would be beneficial for "development purposes" and "enables the easy provision of a steering wheel as a customer-requested option.” That's right, Ford seems to imagine a future where a steering wheel and pedals are customer options, not standard.
New FASB rules are coming quickly, and this expert from LeasePlan USA recommends that fleet administrators discuss with their finance people in order to properly prepare.
Two consumer groups are suing the federal government, saying it has endangered the public by failing to follow a Congressional mandate.
That mandate is to require automakers to install a device that would remind occupants in the back seat to buckle up.
The suit says seat belts are proven lifesavers and following the Congressional directive would save “thousands of lives each year, including those of young children, and prevent many other thousands of people, including children, from experiencing physical injuries, pain, and suffering.”
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It was initially believed that new infrastructure would be necessary for automation and mobility, but the last ten or twelve years have proven otherwise - so far, the focus has been on the vehicles.
Pedestrians are in trouble.
Between 2015 and 2016, the U.S. saw an 11 percent uptick in pedestrian deaths, and there's no sign that the trend is changing course.
What's an automaker to do? If you're Ford, you design cars to do a better job of detecting pedestrians. If you're Waymo (which isn't necessarily an automaker...yet, you design cars that are pedestrian-friendly in other ways, like being softer.
We are ardent supporters of the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) and their annual Drive Safely Work Week™ campaign. This year, NETS focuses on distracted driving and eco-friendly driving. While Drive Safely Work Week is slated for October 5-9, the interactive, Web-based toolkit can be downloaded and used anytime during the year.
We despaired when Trump withdrew from the Paris Climate Accord, but are heartened that at least a dozen governors and more than 200 mayors have promised to join the United States Climate Alliance. The organization is committed to achieving emissions reductions pledged by President Obama. We are already seeing the ravages of climate change; this article from CityMetric offers the blueprint for how your fleet can contribute to the solutions we need.
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If you’re a fan of Ford’s F-150 you’ll quickly spot some changes for 2018, starting with the new “C-Clamp” headlights and updated grille and taillamps.
But that’s just where things start for the upcoming model-year, according to the Detroit automaker. The new F-Series line-up will get a big boost in power on two of its five powertrain options, while increasing fuel economy across the board.
There are also an array of new and updated features that, Ford is betting, will help keep momentum building as it gains market share at the expense of key competitors Chevrolet and Ram.