Ford Self-Driving Cars a Reality by 2021 Thanks to Argo AI Partnership

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Ford is committed to unleashing a fleet of self-driving cars by 2021.

Ford is working on making autonomous cars a reality by investing $1 billion in Argo AI, a company based in Pittsburgh and tied to Carnegie Mellon University. The investment will be made over five years and will allow employees equity in the company, with Ford being a majority stakeholder but giving the company “substantial independence.”

Ford will use Argo AI’s developments of artificial intelligence and machine learning and apply it to Ford self-driving cars, according to Argo AI’s CEO, Bryan Salesky. Salesky led self-driving hardware at Google in 2011 while working at the Carnegie Mellon University National Robotics Engineering Center.

Argo AI hopes to achieve full autonomy by 2021, and Ford’s sizeable long-term investment will help the small company afford the expenses of taking on such a large, challenging project. Other members of the Argo team were also development leaders at Google, CMU, and Uber before leaving to join Salesky’s team.

Ford will continue to lead on its autonomous vehicle hardware platform and on systems integration, manufacturing, design, and policy management. The autonomous team will join with Argo in software development in the hopes of making self-driving cars more commercial.

If you’re interested in Ford’s developments and future vehicles, we’re happy to give you the rundown at Sanderson Ford!

Why You Should Buy a 2017 Ford Super Duty Truck

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The powerful and capable 2017 Ford Super Duty.

The 2017 Ford Super Duty isn’t just a capable heavy-duty truck; it is the most capable Ford pickup in the history of the F-Series and Super Duty models. It’s also the best in the industry in terms of conventio

nal towing capacity and payload. But despite its immense power and hefty size, its lightweight aluminum alloy build make for incredible handling and impressive fuel economy.

The Super Duty also has best-in-class torque with its 6.7-liter Power Stroke Turbo Diesel engine and its 6.2-liter FFV Gas V8 engine. With the capacity for alternative fuels like natural gas and propane autogas, as well as upgraded diesel-engine exhaust braking, there’s nothing the Super Duty can’t do.

The Super Duty is also more advanced than ever, with BLIS and other active safety features, rear view camera, and SYNC 3. If you need a work truck that you can mold to your needs, the Super Duty is the perfect truck for you.

At Sanderson Ford we love the Ford Super Duty, but don’t just take our word for it! The 2017 Super Duty won the Motor Trend Truck of the Year Award and the Texas Auto Writers Association named it the 2017 Truck of Texas. Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the F-Series by checking out the new 2017 Super Duty at Sanderson Ford!

Did The Rock Just Leak Design Sketches of a New Ford Bullitt?

From the Ranger to the Bronco, Ford has been bringing back, or plans to bring back, a lot of its classics as of late. And now it seems that another classic Ford model may be getting its glorious return: the Ford Bullitt. However, Ford may have been trying to keep that information under wraps.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson – spokesperson for Ford – recently published a video on YouTube detailing some behind the scenes footage from the Ford studio, and in the background, viewers can see design sketches of what looks like a new Ford Bullitt.

You can check out the video here(or watch it below), on The Rock’s YouTube channel, to see for yourself. The sketches that appear to be of a new Ford Bullitt can be seen shortly after the 3:05 mark. What do you think?

Ford hasn’t yet commented on the video and the rumors, but we have to assume that they will make an announcement soon. Until then, we will find solace in the return of both the Ranger and the Bronco – iconic Ford cars that will soon be hitting the road in new configurations.

Want to check out what the current Ford Mustang has to offer? Contact us at (800) 729-3501 to schedule a product demo or test drive; or visit us any time, here at Sanderson Ford, to see what we have in stock.

Need to Check Your Tire Pressure? You Have Three Options.

While some drivers are quite hands-on when it comes to vehicle maintenance, others prefer to leave those tasks to professionals. Both options are more than okay! And sometimes, advanced technology even makes traditional service obsolete.

You can check your tire pressure with a tire pressure gaugeFor example, there are essentially three different ways to check your tire pressure:

  • Your car may be able to tell you on its own. Many modern vehicles come with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, which will tell you the tire pressure of each of your tires with great accuracy. If your car comes with this feature, then the job is already done.
  • You can check the tire pressure on your own. It’s easy to buy a simple tire gauge and check tire pressure from home. You can also visit tire pressure machines at many gas stations, which allow you to both check your pressure and increase it, for a low price.
  • You can hire a professional. Lastly, if you simply don’t want to do it on your own, you don’t have to! Our technicians at Sanderson Ford can check your tire pressure, inflate your tires, and much, much more.

To learn more about tire pressure, or to meet with someone in our service department, give us a call at (800) 729-3501 or simply stop by any time, here at Sanderson Ford.

Sanderson Ford and Roush Performance Team Up To Raise Money For Military Assistance Mission

Sanderson Ford is at it again and this time, they are teaming up with Roush Performance for a double dose of American muscle in the form of the “Jack Roush Tribute” Mustang.  To be sold at the Barret-Jackson Auction, this Mustang has a very special purpose.

With the final auction price totaling to $175,000, not only will the proud owner have the 50th Anniversary Mustang AND the 30th Anniversary of Jack Roush’s Champion Motorcraft Mustang all in one, but 100% of the proceeds will be going to benefit the Military Assistance Mission (MAM).  MAM is an organization that “serves local Arizona military, their families, and wounded heroes with financial and morale aide”, as stated by the MAM CEO, Margy Bons.

Margy Bons started MAM in honor of her son, Michael Adam Marzano, who fought and died for our country in Iraq.

The 2015 Ford Mustang was donated by Sanderson Ford and made into what it is by the Roush Performance team.  With a Phase 2 Roush-charged 5.0-liter V8 power plant that boasts an incredible 727hp, courtesy of Roush Performance’s R2300 TVS supercharger, this Mustang has more horsepower per liter than any other American muscle care on the market.

And the fun doesn’t stop there!  The white exterior keeps it classy while the red interior gives it a dangerous feel.  Want to not only be the envy of all of your friends, but also help a great cause?  You’ve come to the right place!

2015 "Jack Roush Tribute" Mustang - Military Assistance Mission

Next-Generation Ford Fusion Carries Autonomous Technology

Ford debuted its first modern autonomous prototype three years ago but, despite the time lapse, the design hasn’t changed much. Looks don’t say much when it comes to autonomous technology, though. The American automaker is still shooting to produce autonomous vehicles for ride-sharing services by 2021.

The Detroit-based automaker plans to launch a new set of autonomous prototypes to increase its current fleet from 30 to 90 cars. All models will be based on the Ford Fusion hybrid.

Considering that Ford has largely invested in the autonomous midsize sedan, it wouldn’t be surprising for the next-generation Ford Fusion to be the first model to debut with the advanced technology.

The automaker invested around $75 million into Velodyne and continues to use the Lidar sensors. The sensors are near the A-pillars above the side mirrors. From those spots, the sensors provide a full 360-degree view.

What can easily be mistaken for roof racks carrying skis are actually three cameras that look forward, sideways, and backwards. Those cameras come in addition to the camera behind the windshield that watches for traffic signals and pedestrians. Radar sensors of varying ranges will help keep the vehicle on track in all weather conditions.

We here at Sanderson Ford can’t wait to see what developments continue to come out of the new prototypes!

Next-Generation Ford Fusion

Give Back for the Holidays with Sanderson Ford’s Operation Santa Claus Charity Drive

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Help Sanderson Ford give back this Christmas!

Christmas is a time of giving, so Sanderson Ford is joining forces with ABC15 and Sanderson Lincoln to give to local people in need. The Fifteenth Annual Operation Santa Claus Charity Drive is being held to collect donations for the area’s children’s charities, while also giving one lucky grand prize winner the chance to win a new 2016 Ford F-150 SuperCrew truck or Lincoln MKZ.

Those interested in donating to the Operation Santa Claus Charity Drive can help Sanderson Ford’s cause by bringing a new unwrapped toy, children’s clothing items, packaged food items, or a monetary donation. These items can be brought to either ABC15, Sanderson Ford, Sanderson Lincoln, and the UPS Store location nearest you from November 17th to December 20th.

Donors will receive one entry slip to earn the chance of winning a new Ford F-150 or Lincoln MKZ for each accepted donated item. Participants who make a monetary donation will receive one slip for every $5 donation.

Each of these donations will go towards lending a helping hand to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix, Inc., The Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center, and Military Assistance Mission. Spread the joy of the holidays by participating in the Fifteenth Annual Operation Santa Claus Charity Drive, and give back this year.

Best Ways to Celebrate Christmas in Phoenix

While Phoenix doesn’t experience the typical winter weather much of the rest of the United States sees, it is still a hub of holiday spirit. There are many events to help you celebrate Christmas in Phoenix. Here are some of the best ways to do so.

Las Noches de las Luminarias. Every December, over 7,000 luminaries turn the Desert Botanical Gardens into a softly lit wonderland during Las Noches de las Luminarias. This event draws sell-out crowds. Throughout the evening, visitors are regaled with musical performance and have the the opportunity to enjoy gourmet food. This makes it one of the most unique holiday celebrations in the Phoenix area. Adult tickets for non-members are $30 and children from ages 3 to 12 are $12.50. Children under three get in free.

Holidays at the Heard. Combine the spirit of the holidays with local native cultures at Holidays at the Heard, which takes place at the Heard Museum. This event is held on December 10th, 16th, and 17th from 6:30pm to 9pm , allowing visitors to enjoy authentic American Indian culture, such as live music and dance. There are a number of exhibit galleries and hands-on craft activities for people of all ages to enjoy as well. Tickets cost $9 for adults, $6 for children from the ages of 3 to 12, and free for children two and under.

Peoria, Arizona

Peoria, Arizona is home to a wonderful community that thrives outside of Phoenix. The city boasts a population of more than 154,000 and has a number of interesting things to do and see. The history behind the now-thriving area has a major significance in the area. Paying a visit to Peoria isn’t something many regret, especially after they’ve stopped by one of the local hotspots!

The city’s roots lie with four families who relocated to the area from Peoria, Illinois. The new arrivals were quick to file a plot map, complete with streets. Their efforts brought the Santa, Prescott, and Phoenix Railroad which gave the city’s popularity a boost as a popular stop.

There are dozens of museums oriented around space but the Challenger Space Center offers a unique look at what lies above us. The learning environment is perfect for families and adults alike. Activities include simulated space flight missions where visitors can take on the role of mission control, flight crews, and more.

There are few better places to grab a steak than Firebirds Wood Fired Grille. This premier restaurant is a local favorite due to its friendly atmosphere, helpful staff, and delicious food that brings return visitors time and time again.

We here at Sanderson Ford hope to see you around Peoria sometime soon!

Peoria, Arizona

Win a Mustang in Dylan’s Race for Recovery

This past summer on July 24th, 2016, a tragic accident occurred in which seven-year-old Dylan was thrown off a motor boat during his summer vacation and sustained injuries to his jaw, right arm, and right leg. Sanderson Ford has come together with the community to raise money for Dylan’s recovery through the Race for Recovery event. If you want to help, all you have to do is donate – and instantly be enrolled in a raffle to win a 2016 Stage 3 Roush Mustang.

You can enter the Race for Recovery during normal business hours at Sanderson Ford or attend any local car show events listed on the Dylan’s Recovery website before November 13th. 100% of the proceeds will go towards Dylan’s hospital expenses. If you donate $10, you will receive 1 raffle ticket, but you can also donate $50 for 6 tickets or $100 for 13 tickets. The drawing will happen on Monday, November 14th.

The 2016 Stage 3 Roush Mustang has an MSRP of $69,215, so enter for your chance to win this beautiful sports car. Of course, no matter who wins, you will still be donating to a worthy cause – the wellbeing and future of Dylan and his family. None of the proceeds from the Race to Recovery will be used to cover the cost of promotional events or the vehicle itself, so you can rest assured your money is in good hands.

Dylan's Race for Recovery

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