Ford looks at axing self parking feature

Carmaker Ford is considering getting rid of the automated parallel parking feature ias part of its cost-cutting measures in 2024, because few customers use it. Fox Business in the United States quotes Ford COO Kumar Galhotra as saying during a call with analysts that it plans to make some material and design changes aimed at […]

Admiral Insurance launches telematics product with no black box

Car insurer Admiral is partnering with Ford Smart Mobility and telematics service provider Redtail Telematics to launch a new car insurance product to help safe drivers save on their car insurance premiums. Admiral Live enables customers that own Ford vehicles with a FordPass Connect Modem manufactured from 2021 onwards to share driving data, collected directly […]

Ford brings hands-free driving technology to UK motorways

Carmaker Ford has announced what it calls a watershed moment for drivers as the company’s all-electric Mustang Mach-E SUV became the first vehicle to launch a Level 2 hands-free advanced driver assistance system, with regulatory approval for use on the public highway network of a European country. It says a green light for Ford BlueCruise technology […]

Ford scales back no-steering wheel car plans

Ford has abandoned attempts to get American regulators to allow it to operate up to 2,500 self-driving vehicles annually without requiring a steering wheel. The Institution of Engineering and Technology reports that in a letter sent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Ford Motor Co said it was withdrawing its petition to get its […]

Ford patents a solution to remotely repossess cars

Ford has come up with a solution that could remove certain car features, or even stop it driving at all, if buyers do not keep up with repayments. Innotechtoday.com has spotted a patent application which “pertains to systems and methods to repossess a vehicle” and lead to the system then “disable a functionality of a […]

Ford and VW shut down driverless joint venture

The autonomous vehicle startup Argo AI, joint owned by Ford and VW is closing down. The website Techcrunch broke the news that the business, which was started with an initial $1 billion investment back in 2017, told employees that some people would receive offers to work at one of the two manufacturers, although it remains […]

Driverless start-up Argo cuts workforce

The driverless startup backed by Ford Motor Co and Volkswagen has laid off about 150 workers after “ramping up too quickly and finding itself overstaffed”. Argo AI has confirmed the layoffs from a global workforce that has grown to more than 2,000. “With incredible growth and progress made in our mission to deploy driverless vehicles, […]

Ford trials geofencing speed limiting

Carmaker Ford is trialling connected vehicle technology using geofencing – a virtual geographical boundary – that it says could one day do away with the need for speed limit signs completely. The company says drivers seeing limit signs depends on how visible they are, whether they are concealed by branches, or maybe surrounded by a […]

Ford could separate EV business from main company

The Chief Executive of Ford is apparently looking at ways to divest his electric vehicle operation from the legacy car making business in a bid to earn “investor respect” that has led to Tesla’s value being so high. Automotive News Europe has spoken to people familiar with what’s going on who say Jim Farley wants […]

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