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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!

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National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act

This year, we recognize 49 years of improved safety in the automotive industry. On June 24, 1966, the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act was enacted. This bill allowed the federal government to administer new safety standards for motor vehicles and eventually led to the creation of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) we know today.

Throughout the early 1960s, the public became increasingly more and more concerned over the skyrocketing number of motor-vehicle related fatalities. With the passage of this law, new safety features were added to cars, including head rests, energy-absorbing steering wheels, seat belts, shatter-resistant windshields, and more.

In addition, roads were improved for superior safety as well. Edge and center line stripes and reflectors were added to help drivers better determine a road’s curves. Breakaway sign and utility poles and guardrails were also added.

A third factor, behavior changes in drivers also improved safety. Drivers were learning about the affects of driving while intoxicated and using safety devices, such as seatbelts.

With all of these changes, the decrease in the number of motor vehicle fatalities was almost immediate.

Improvements in road and vehicle safety continue through today with active safety features that can help prevent accidents. For example, the Blind Spot Information System and Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Collision Warning are all available in the Ford Fusion.

Stop by Sanderson Ford today and we’ll show you how far safety features have come in the full Ford lineup.

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Ford “Lightweight Concept” Reduces a Ford Fusion to the Weight of a Fiesta

Smaller cars are already more efficient than larger ones, so many automakers have concentrated their lightweighting efforts on those larger vehicles—like full-size trucks and SUVs. But not Ford. Sure, they’ve got the 2015 F-150 coming out, but with the new “Lightweight Concept,” Ford is proving that they’re committed to bringing lightweighting technology to the entire lineup.

“Lightweighting our vehicles is incredibly important to us in terms of improving fuel economy and reducing CO2 emissions,” says Kumar Galhotra, vice president of engineering for Ford, told USA Today. The “Lightweight Concept” shows just how serious Ford is about shedding major weight off their vehicles; the concept is a Ford Fusion that’s lost so much weight—over 700 lbs—that it now weighs only as much as the much smaller Ford Fiesta.

The Lightweight Concept is a radical idea—Ford has literally replaced every part it can with a lighter alternative. Windshields are made out of Gorilla Glass or plastic, the frame is heavily infused with aluminum, carbon fiber materials replace parts both inside and out of the vehicle. All these lighter parts allow the Lightweight Concept to run on a smaller, more efficient engine—a 1.0L EcoBoost—and still get Fusion-like performance numbers.

We won’t see this Lightweight Concept as a production model here at Sanderson Ford anytime soon, but Ford plans to make six of the special concept models for testing. If you’re a Ford customer, you should be excited about the Lightweight Concept—it’s full of customer-oriented ideas that will soon benefit you, the owner, both on the road and at the pump.

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Ford to Extend Use of Fuel-Efficient Tires

Ford is helping consumers combat the rising price of gas by increasing the availability of their low-rolling-resistant tires to more models. The fuel-saving tires can improve fuel economy by up to 2 mpg.

Currently, the fuel-efficient tires are available on all four of Ford’s 40 mpg cars – the Ford Fiesta SFE, Focus SFE, Fusion Hybrid, and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, as well as the 2011 Edge, Explorer, Fusion, and Taurus.  Now, Ford will extend the availability to the upcoming C-MAX Energi, C-MAX Hybrid, and Focus Electric.

The key to the tires’ fuel economy is low rolling resistance.  Rolling resistance is a measure of the force that the tire requires to travel down the road.  A 10% improvement in rolling resistance leads to a 2% improvement in fuel economy, according to Ford research.

In addition to expanding the use of the automaker’s current fuel-efficient tires, Ford is also researching new tire material and searching for mroe ways to make tires even more economical.

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