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Uber’s self-driving cars returned to the streets of San Francisco yesterday, but this time with their self-driving mode disabled and will be used for mapping purposes only. The five Ford Fusions, which had previously been used in a Pittsburgh, Pa. self-driving pilot program, will have human drivers controlling the cars at all times. “These cars […]

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DETROIT — Ford wants consumers to think of it as both an automotive company and a mobility company. To that end, it used its press conference at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit to discuss its City of Tomorrow plan, among other news. After confirming the return of the Ranger pickup and […]

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Yesterday, kicking off the Detroit auto show a day early, Ford took the wraps off the updated 2018 F-150 half-ton pickup truck that will offer a 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel engine option. The new engine, called the Lion, will be a variant of the 3.0-liter diesels Ford builds for Land Rover and Jaguar vehicles that […]

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A Ford Transit Connect Hybrid taxi prototype will take the stage at next week’s North American Auto Show in Detroit. The mention of the hybrid taxi was buried in a Ford announcement earlier this week along with a hybrid F-150 pickup, a 300-mile all-electric SUV, two hybrid police vehicles and a hybrid autonomous car. Ford […]

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For some people, plugging an electric car in for charging can be a pain. You have to find a plug-in charger if you’re out and about or don’t have/can’t install one at home. You have to remember to actually plug it in when you do find a charger, and while it only takes a second, […]

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On the first business day of the new year, Ford has announced something to please electric car fans, something for pickup and sports car enthusiasts, and it even threw a bone to incoming President Donald Trump. Included in its plans are seven confirmed electrified vehicles due over the next five years out of 13 promised […]

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Ford is charging ahead in its goal to make a driverless car and will debut an updated version of its Fusion Hybrid development vehicle next month. Ford says the technology is getting closer to production levels and will debut next-generation updates for its driverless car at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas and […]

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Pressured to meet global escalating government fuel economy and emissions standards, auto manufacturers increasingly are adding engine stop-start systems across their lineups. At its most basic level, a stop-start system automatically shuts the engine off every time the vehicle stops, such as at a traffic signal, and restarts it instantly when the brake pedal is […]

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Ford and India’s Tata Motors, parent of Jaguar Land Rover, are testing cars in Britain that can “talk” to one another, drive themselves, skip red lights and even help locate a parking space. The system, named Green Light Optimal Speed Advisory, has been engineered to minimize emissions and maximize fuel efficiency. Both auto manufacturers are […]

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The rush toward self-driving cars just accelerated as California issued permits to privately held Wheego and Valeo North America last week, bringing the total to 17 companies with testing permits. The state’s Department of Motor Vehicles said the two new companies now have approval to run tests with a single vehicle each, operated by up […]

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