Smart Mobility – Hills Social http://social.hillsford.co.uk Mon, 10 Sep 2018 12:31:05 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 TRANSFORMING URBAN MOBILITY http://social.hillsford.co.uk/transforming-urban-mobility/ http://social.hillsford.co.uk/transforming-urban-mobility/#respond Tue, 31 Oct 2017 11:03:34 +0000 http://social.hillsford.co.uk/?p=7357 The following speech was given by Steven Armstrong, Group Vice President and President, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Ford Motor Company at the 2017 Handelsblatt Auto-Gipfel  event in Sindelfingen, Germany: It’s a real pleasure to be here. Jim Farley was at the Auto-Gipfel last year – he said that this was one of the most

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The following speech was given by Steven Armstrong, Group Vice President and President, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Ford Motor Company at the 2017 Handelsblatt Auto-Gipfel  event in Sindelfingen, Germany:

It’s a real pleasure to be here. Jim Farley was at the Auto-Gipfel last year – he said that this was one of the most important gatherings of automotive leaders in Europe and I can see absolutely, he was right. We all know our industry is in a moment of massive transformation.
Gabor set the scene, and Dieter Zetsche and Matthias Müller gave us a frank account of the challenges they face.

I want to do the same but also shine a light on some of the possibilities that we at Ford see
Three weeks ago our new CEO, Jim Hackett set out the Ford story – his view of the future.
New smart vehicles will pair or thrive in new transportation operating systems in cities. Our commitment to this means we will be more evolved to capitalize on new business opportunities in new mobility and transport services.

Cars and vans have always connected A to B via roads, highways, freeways, autobahns. But now they will be embedded in more complex physical and digital networks – our cities. And as we know, this century, the 21st century, is the century of the city.

Today just over half of the world’s population already live in cities. The UN estimates this will rise to 66% by 2050 – that’s two and a half billion more people living in urban areas.

Cities are drawing millions of us in as they promise opportunity, vibrancy and excitement – however, they also promise us traffic! Easy to see here in and around Stuttgart.

A rise in people means a rise in vehicles, and our beautiful cities here in Europe are struggling to cope.  Ageing infrastructure is creaking and our customers are feeling frustrated.   Congestion jams up all of our lives and is costly in many ways.

Economists can tell you what this means in terms of lost GDP but in our lives we may feel the loss in time. In Europe in 2016, we spent an average of 91 hours in traffic.

That’s equivalent to more than two working weeks – giving that back to people to spend with their friends and families would surely be one of the greatest gifts.

Time is freedom. And freedom has always been central to the promise made by Henry Ford over 100 years ago – to open the highways to all mankind. The challenge now is the same but different.  Back then we wanted to give people the opportunity to explore.  To extend their horizons to seek new opportunity and achieve the great American dream.
Now the mission is to help our customers navigate their lives by giving them the most frictionless journeys in more complex and different environments. Ford Motor Company was built on the belief that freedom of movement drives human progress. And in turn we need to ensure that the services around them can be seamlessly delivered to enhance our lives or even just keep them running to plan.

As we know, online shopping has exploded in the last decade with over 4bn parcels being delivered each year in our European cities.  This is still growing exponentially.
At the same time, we also need to keep our shops in city centres and malls fully stocked.
And most importantly we need healthcare, emergency and social services to be immediately accessible when we need it most – not stuck in traffic.

The problem is more vehicles means increased competition for a place in our most valuable public space – our roads.

Cities are made of places and spaces. When we visualise cities it is often the squares and parks that come to mind – yet we forget the sheer scale of our streets and roads. They represent the biggest public investment too – and if we can help make them work better, we will see leaps in productivity, growth and well-being.

This is key to Ford’s vision of mobility, our aim of being the world’s most trusted mobility company  – smart vehicles in a smart world.

This is not a thing we can do on our own. This involves the newest of collaborations – with cities and their leaders, with public services, with data scientists, start-ups and many others. And it needs the oldest of skills – understanding the customer and their needs, desires and passions.
The City of Tomorrow will need different infrastructure. As electric vehicles increase, the demand for electricity threatens to overwhelm the existing grid. The gain is massive in terms of reduced pollution, the challenge great in terms of the need for new and better networks of energy distribution.

The space in cities is ultimately a finite resource that will need to be managed effectively and efficiently.

We are used to the old patterns of bikes, buses, trams, taxis and private cars sharing space. But they mainly exist in parallel – aligning them so that they are better integrated will meet the needs of citizens who want a seamless, stress-free journey.These changes will make cities more liveable.

But to reach this innovation is needed, which is why we are working on all aspects of mobility – all elements of the journey.

There’s Chariot – the crowd-sourced shuttle service, now in four US cities. Here in Germany we have FordPass, the app allowing customers access to bikes in Cologne and Dusseldorf and a nationwide fleet of Call-a-bike units, which supplements the Ford Car-sharing offering.

And we don’t neglect the classic form of mobility – walking. We collaborated with a smart cities start up in London to create a network of Ford Smart Benches – located in busy inner city pedestrian areas these seats will offer wifi and mobile charging – an urban pit-stop if you like. And they will collect data on CO2 levels, noise, humidity and temperature – providing information to local government for free.

Our growing team based at the new European Ford Smart Mobility office opened just a few weeks ago in London will target near-term development of smart mobility technologies while focusing on the specific requirements of European cities. Co-located in East London with a hub of world-class digital companies, academic institutions, start-ups, and existing partners, we will radically boost our collaboration in the new world.

Because collaboration – not just leadership – will be at the heart of building the smart cities we need for the future.

But what excites me the most is our work in Commercial Vehicles. The Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle trial in London – testing telematics, contributing to cleaner air and feeding into our Transit Custom plug-in hybrid – in production in 2019.

And our partnership with Streetscooter here in Germany adding electric delivery vehicles to our market leading CV line up.

So we know that all of this represents unprecedented change.  As a team we talk about leaping ahead of what is currently predicted and that requires of us real imagination. We have to imagine the future and then build it. How can we do that? By showing,not merely telling.

If, as the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words then I say a Virtual Reality simulation must be worth a novel!

I would now like to share with you a glimpse of what we think is to come – just one of our ideas for a future autonomous delivery solution.

A world of autonomous vehicles that serves our customers with just a swipe of a tablet.  Please put your headsets on – you will find them beneath your seats. Let’s watch.

Now, that’s just one light iteration of the future, one imagined use case of million use cases but it highlights some of the main themes: Ease, integration, efficiency and new ways of living. And it’s easy to start to see other uses – the supply of prescription medicines after a virtual appointment with your doctor or even the delivery of parts to an elevator engineer high up an apartment block.

New ways of seeing mobility lead to new ways of delivering for our customers in a modern setting. We at Ford are excited about the possibilities ahead and the Freedom of this progress.

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NEW FORD MOBILITY EXPERIMENT http://social.hillsford.co.uk/new-ford-mobility-experiment-helps-drivers-find-out-how-good-they-really-are/ http://social.hillsford.co.uk/new-ford-mobility-experiment-helps-drivers-find-out-how-good-they-really-are/#respond Tue, 21 Jun 2016 09:00:17 +0000 http://localhost/test/?p=66 NEW FORD MOBILITY EXPERIMENT HELPS DRIVERS FIND OUT HOW GOOD THEY REALLY ARE – POTENTIALLY SAVING THEM MONEY New Ford Smart Mobility experiment calculates a personal driver score based on driver’s behaviour on the road, such as steady acceleration and steering smoothly Empowering customers with their own data to develop a personal driver score could

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NEW FORD MOBILITY EXPERIMENT HELPS DRIVERS FIND OUT HOW GOOD THEY REALLY ARE – POTENTIALLY SAVING THEM MONEY
  • New Ford Smart Mobility experiment calculates a personal driver score based on driver’s behaviour on the road, such as steady acceleration and steering smoothly
  • Empowering customers with their own data to develop a personal driver score could help them with reduced rates for services such as car‑hire, car-sharing and ride-sharing
  • Prototype driving app helps drivers to achieve goals in a similar way that they might use an exercise or weight-loss app
  • Driver Behaviour Project also researches responses of volunteers in stressful driving situations, on the road and using a driving simulator, with eye-tracking and heart monitors
  • As headline sponsor of London Technology Week,  Ford demonstrates research during networking session and panel discussion “Changing the way the world moves”

LONDON, June 21, 2016 – Rewarding good drivers with reduced travel costs is the idea behind a new Ford Smart Mobility experiment that takes a similar approach to achieving goals as that employed by fitness and exercise apps.

The Ford-led Driver Behaviour Project explores providing drivers with a personal score, based on various driver inputs, and accessed via a prototype smartphone app. This type of research could lead to cheaper car-hire and car‑sharing, and provide insurers with information required to support discounts.

“Like an activity-tracking app that shows the distance we cover and calories we burn, a personal driver score encourages people to drive smarter,” said Jonathan Scott, project lead, Ford Smart Mobility. “We wanted to better understand how people use our products so we could help them to improve that behaviour – and a score, combined with guidance, makes it easier to improve.”

Over a four-month period, plug-in devices gathered data from more than 40 Ford Fiestas, driven by volunteers in London, to record actions that each driver took over 160,000 kilometres and more than 4,000 hours. This included detailing the slightest turn of the steering wheel and harsh braking, as well as time of day, weather, and road history.

Ford’s perspective is that customers own their data and the company is exploring ways that customers can use this data to their advantage. For this project, the vehicle data empowers drivers with their personal driving score, based on activities such as steady acceleration and steering smoothly.

The app enables drivers to see how different driving behaviours affected that score, and offers insights to help improve – such as driving in the correct gear. It also calculates a score for each journey based on the driver’s interaction with the vehicle, as judged via the data received on accelerating, braking, and steering. The score changes according to the results of each journey, with a graph showing the trend over time, enabling drivers to see on which days their scores were higher or lower.

Both Ford’s data scientists and transport data experts, Transport API, will now analyse the data to gain further insights. In addition to the vehicle-specific data, global design company IDEO was engaged to research what people say, think, feel and do when behind the wheel. This showed a significant difference between how people think they drive, and how they actually do drive.

“From the vehicle data and research gathered, we were able to test an internally developed, highly advanced driving score algorithm. The score could be used to develop a mobility profile, enabling drivers to save money on services tailored to their needs,” Scott added.

Ford is currently expanding into both an auto and a mobility company; as such the company is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility – its plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics. The Driver Behaviour Project could help to enhance current mobility solutions, including the on-demand GoDrive car sharing service and the on demand ride sharing service GoRide.

Identifying driver stress
The project team also is studying how driving affects the physical and emotional states of another group of volunteers in the U.K., at the University of Nottingham. This research is exploring ways to help people become better drivers.

Volunteers are subjected to a series of driving situations, both using a driving simulator and real world driving, during which their heart rates, eye movements, and brain patterns are monitored. The research highlights when drivers are nervous or stressed, such as in heavy traffic, or when larger vehicles reduce visibility.

Changing the way the world moves
Ford is demonstrating the Driver Behaviour Project, along with Ford Smart Mobility services and the company’s new mobility experience platform FordPass at London Technology Week, with events taking place across the city from June 20-26.

Also on show is smart parking system GoPark, soon to be available with a new space‑finding function. Portable hardware devices plugged into participating vehicles will help to identify vehicle locations and enable a powerful, probability-based algorithm to let members know the likelihood there will be a space free at their chosen destination.

As headline sponsor of London Technology Week, the company is hosting the panel discussion and networking session “Changing the way the world moves” at 16:30 CET, on June 21, at the Vinyl Factory, in Soho. Mobility and technology experts from Transport for London, the geocoding system What3Words, technology focused merchant bank Lepe Partners and IDEO will be among the panellists. The session will be moderated by startup expert, connector and advisor Bindi Karia. Guests also will be able to talk to Mike Nakrani, head of Ford Smart Mobility Europe, and other Ford Smart Mobility project leads.

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NEW LABS DRIVE FORD SMART MOBILITY INNOVATION http://social.hillsford.co.uk/new-labs-drive-ford-smart-mobility-innovation/ http://social.hillsford.co.uk/new-labs-drive-ford-smart-mobility-innovation/#respond Thu, 05 May 2016 06:00:08 +0000 http://www.momizat.com/theme/goodnews/?p=71 FORD INVESTS IN PIVOTAL TO ACCELERATE CLOUD-BASED SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT; NEW LABS DRIVE FORD SMART MOBILITY INNOVATION Ford invests $182.2 million in Pivotal, a cloud-based software company headquartered in San Francisco, to further strengthen its core software abilities and deliver innovations to customers more quickly The investment is part of Ford’s expansion to be both an

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FORD INVESTS IN PIVOTAL TO ACCELERATE CLOUD-BASED SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT; NEW LABS DRIVE FORD SMART MOBILITY INNOVATION
  • Ford invests $182.2 million in Pivotal, a cloud-based software company headquartered in San Francisco, to further strengthen its core software abilities and deliver innovations to customers more quickly
  • The investment is part of Ford’s expansion to be both an auto and a mobility company
  • Already partners, Ford and Pivotal now will expand the use of advanced software development methodologies, analytics tools and a cloud platform throughout Ford’s Product Development and IT teams, including new software labs to support Ford Smart Mobility
  • Ford CIO Marcy Klevorn will join the board of directors at Pivotal

Ford today announces an investment in Pivotal, a cloud-based software platform company headquartered in San Francisco, to further enhance its software development capabilities and deliver innovations to customers more quickly.

The $182.2 million investment in Pivotal aims to help drive Ford’s transition to an auto and a mobility company. Ford is continuing to focus on and invest in its core business – designing, manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing cars, SUVs, trucks and electrified vehicles. At the same time, the company is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility – its plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics.

“Expanding our business to be both an auto and mobility company requires leading-edge software expertise to deliver outstanding customer experiences,” said Mark Fields, Ford president and CEO. “Our investment in Pivotal will help strengthen our ability to deliver these customer experiences at the speed of Silicon Valley, including continually expanding FordPass® – our digital, physical and personal mobility experience platform.”

Expanding a relationship
Ford recently teamed up with Pivotal to deliver FordPass, an innovative consumer experience platform that launched last month. FordPass will offer new customer services, like remote access to vehicles through a smartphone app, and mobility solutions, such as parking and car sharing. Innovating and iterating quickly, Pivotal and Ford IT engineers are working side-by-side to create new consumer experiences for FordPass members.

Building on this existing relationship, Ford plans to accelerate the incorporation of Pivotal’s advanced software development methodologies and technology across the IT, product development, and research and advanced engineering teams. Ford will put Pivotal’s next-generation cloud platform and analytics capabilities to use on the company’s new mobility projects – such as its on-demand Dynamic Shuttle pilot program.

“Today we are at a major inflection point in global business, and Pivotal is at the fulcrum of that change,” said Rob Mee, Pivotal CEO. “We are collaborating with iconic companies like Ford to help transform their businesses with our unique software development methodology and modern cloud platform and analytics tools. We are thrilled to create a deeper partnership with Ford through this investment as we drive its evolution to becoming both an auto and mobility company – reinventing yet again how the world moves.”

Building more software expertise
Pivotal’s advanced software development methodologies and cloud platform complement Ford’s already strong embedded software capability that supports EcoBoost® engines, the SYNC® 3 connectivity system, driver-assist technologies like active park assist and more.

Software plays a growing role in new vehicles as demonstrated by the all-new F-150 that features more than 150 million lines of code, whereas a typical smartphone operating system has approximately 12 million lines. Engineers are capitalizing on software to deliver precise control over aspects of vehicle performance such as engine and transmission calibration to improve fuel economy and for the connectivity experience by giving customers hands-free access to their smartphones through SYNC 3.

In fact, the very success of EcoBoost engine technology can be attributed to software. Software is the secret sauce to the fuel efficiency EcoBoost delivers because it allows engineers to maximize the use of each drop of fuel at a molecular level. Ford has 275 patents on EcoBoost technology and another 200 pending, with a large majority covering aspects of software controls and calibration.

“Investing in Pivotal builds on our current strengths in software development,” said Marcy Klevorn, Ford vice president and CIO, who will join the board of directors at Pivotal. “We plan to quickly add new state-of-the-art software engineering capabilities across the Ford enterprise.”

In addition, Ford and Pivotal plan to open new software labs in strategic locations in both the United States and Europe. The labs will be staffed with software architects, engineers and user experience experts – all using Pivotal’s advanced software development methodology. Ford’s investment in Pivotal is subject to customary regulatory approval.

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Social Journey-sharing App Wins Ford Smart Mobility Game Challenge http://social.hillsford.co.uk/social-journey-sharing-app-wins-ford-smart-mobility-game-challenge/ http://social.hillsford.co.uk/social-journey-sharing-app-wins-ford-smart-mobility-game-challenge/#respond Wed, 24 Feb 2016 11:37:42 +0000 http://themes.momizat.com/multinews/?p=1676 Ford names journey-sharing app Jaunt the winner of the Ford Smart Mobility Game Challenge – an initiative to use gamification to solve real-life problems in urban mobility Jaunt wins the £7,500 top prize. The app helps people save money, make friends and alleviate congestion by connecting with others for trips by car, bicycle and public

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  • Ford names journey-sharing app Jaunt the winner of the Ford Smart Mobility Game Challenge – an initiative to use gamification to solve real-life problems in urban mobility
  • Jaunt wins the £7,500 top prize. The app helps people save money, make friends and alleviate congestion by connecting with others for trips by car, bicycle and public transport
  • SelfieGo is second with an app that aims to get commuters on their bikes and on foot with a selfie challenge. Third place went to Flux, an app designed to help reduce congestion by bringing gamification to traffic jams
  • Ford Smart Mobility is the company’s plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics
  • A new app that could make journeys more efficient, more sociable and help to alleviate congestion has been announced the winner of the Ford Smart Mobility Challenge. The creators of journey-sharing app Jaunt were today presented with the £7,500 top prize at Mobile World Congress, in Barcelona.

    Runner-up SelfieGo, an app designed to make journeys by bicycle and on foot more appealing, and third-placed Flux, an app designed to alleviate congestion through the gamification of traffic jams, were awarded a further £5,500 prize money. Developed with Cologne Game Lab and launched last year at Gamescom, the largest interactive games trade fair in Europe, the Ford Smart Mobility Game Challenge invited developers to create game concepts that could solve real-life problems in urban mobility.

    Gamification has proved to be an effective way to solve real-life problems in many areas, including the search for a cure for AIDS, and the learnings from the challenge could lead to innovative solutions and new approaches to integrating urban transport, as well as encouraging positive commuter behaviour. Judges for the Ford Smart Mobility Challenge came from Ford, Cologne Game Lab, USC Games Program, Cologne International School of Design, and Turn 10 Studios.

    “Game developers have an impressive track record of looking at real-world problems in a new way and coming up with fresh solutions, and that is exactly what we wanted to tap into for the Ford Smart Mobility Game Challenge,” said Ken Washington, vice president, Ford Research and Advanced Engineering. “Jaunt is the perfect example of just such a disruptive approach. Avoiding busy routes by connecting travellers to share trips could help to reduce congestion through ride‑sharing, and makes lives better by helping people to enjoy journeys more – whether travelling by car, bicycle, public transport, or on foot.”

    Developed by Ilya Zarembsky and Betsy Medvedovsky, in New York, the Jaunt app enables users to create journeys, and join those created by others, for the fastest or most scenic routes. An interactive map enables users to filter available “jaunts” by transport mode, location and time, and discover more about their fellow travellers. Sharing trips, the use of different traffic modes, and motivating travellers to use alternative routes will help to ease the pressure on main traffic routes and improve the flow of traffic in city areas.

    SelfieGo, from Scotland, uses a GPS-enabled map that shows the optimal route to take selfies at major city attractions, and enables users to share them on social media. The idea is to make travel on foot, and by bicycle, more interesting. Flux, from Germany, turns traffic jams into a game by encouraging drivers to maintain a steady speed using graphics projected on to the windscreen, helping traffic move more smoothly and preventing accidents.

    Ford Smart Mobility is the company’s plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience and data and analytics. Looking for new and innovative ways to solve global transportation issues is integral to Ford’s transformation into an automotive and mobility company, with latest developments outlined by Ford President and CEO Mark Fields earlier this week.

    Ford also has embraced gamification to accelerate the development of autonomous technologies and to enhance the Ford ownership experience. Ford’s SmartGauge technology rewards drivers for fuel- and energy-efficient driving, and the MyFord Mobile app enables drivers to remotely manage the charging of their electric vehicles and shows CO2 savings as exercise balls or hot-air balloons. Ford also is using gaming elements in developing MoDe:Link, the prototype journey-planning app that is part of the Handle on Mobility electric bike experiment, demonstrated at Mobile World Congress last year.

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    Ford Expands Ford Smart Mobility At Mobile World Congress http://social.hillsford.co.uk/ford-expands-ford-smart-mobility-at-mobile-world-congress/ http://social.hillsford.co.uk/ford-expands-ford-smart-mobility-at-mobile-world-congress/#respond Mon, 22 Feb 2016 04:56:08 +0000 http://www.momizat.com/theme/goodnews/?p=214 Ford today reveals the new Kuga SUV and announces that its SYNC 3 connectivity technology comes to Europe this year; Ford also continues to expand Ford Smart Mobility – the company’s plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, customer experience, and data and analytics Ford President and CEO Mark Fields tells Mobile

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  • Ford today reveals the new Kuga SUV and announces that its SYNC 3 connectivity technology comes to Europe this year; Ford also continues to expand Ford Smart Mobility – the company’s plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, customer experience, and data and analytics
  • Ford President and CEO Mark Fields tells Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that the company will triple engineering investment in driver assist technology, accelerating the roll-out of semi‑automated systems that make it easier to park and drive in heavy traffic
  • New FordPass customer experience platform for Europe coming. FordPass partners will include BP, parking payment company Mobile City and Ford Carsharing
  • Ford CEO Mark Fields today unveils the new Kuga SUV and will confirm Ford’s SYNC 3 connectivity technology is coming to Europe and commit to tripling Ford’s engineering investment in semi-autonomous vehicle technologies as the company continues to expand its Ford Smart Mobility plan.

    Fields’ keynote at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona will focus on Ford’s transition from an automotive company to an auto and a mobility company through Ford Smart Mobility – the company’s plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, customer experience, and data and analytics.

    Fields will also confirm FordPass, the company’s new customer experience platform, debuts this year in Europe. New partners for FordPass include BP and Mobile City, a leading mobile parking payment company.

    “As we look to the future, it is clear we are on the cusp of a revolution in mobility – from car sharing to autonomous driving to the customer experience,” Fields said. “Technology and innovation provide us with the opportunity to address these trends and to make people’s lives better by changing the way the world moves.”

    You can watch the keynote live here at 1300 GMT (1400 CET):  http://www.mobileworldlive.com/mobile-world-congress-keynotes/

    New Kuga
    The sophisticated new Kuga will offer technologies and updates to make driving simpler, safer, more enjoyable and more affordable. These include Ford’s new SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system, innovative driver assistance technologies, an ergonomic and comfortable interior and a new 120PS 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine.

    The new Kuga also features Ford’s Perpendicular Parking technology that helps drivers park hands‑free in spaces alongside other cars; an enhanced version of the Active City Stop collision avoidance system; and Ford’s Adaptive Front Lighting System for optimised visibility in low light. Further sophisticated technologies include Hands-Free Liftgate and Ford Intelligent All Wheel Drive.

    Ford is tripling its driver assist technology engineering investment to make it easier to drive in heavy traffic and park, while developing fully autonomous vehicles for the future. The significant increase in investment announced today will enable Ford to research and develop driver assist technology that transfer more driving tasks to the vehicle to enhance comfort and safety.

    These will include Traffic Jam Assist and Fully Active Park Assist that Fields announced Ford will roll out in the next three years.

    Autonomous vehicles
    Ford is taking two distinct pathways toward vehicle automation. First, the company has a dedicated team developing driver assist technology that is focused on delivering increasing levels of automation.

    Traffic Jam Assist helps the driver with steering, braking and acceleration in heavily congested traffic situations on motorways. Easily activated by pushing a button, the system helps keep the vehicle centred in the lane and brakes and accelerates to keep pace with the vehicle in front.

    Fully Active Park Assist will help drivers by steering and controlling the transmission, throttle and brake to seamlessly pull into a parking spot at the touch of a button.

    Further semi-autonomous technologies already introduced by Ford include  Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, a camera- and radar-based system that detects vehicles and people in the road ahead; andIntelligent Speed Limiter, which could help prevent drivers from exceeding speed limits, and potentially from incurring costly speeding penalties.

    “The use of semi-autonomous functions such as Traffic Jam Assist and Fully Active Park Assist make driving easier and more enjoyable for our customers,” said Ken Washington, vice president, Ford Research and Advanced Engineering.

    As for the future, Ford also has a dedicated fully autonomous vehicle programme in Aachen, Germany, and in Palo Alto, California, and Dearborn, Michigan, in the U.S., with more than a decade of experience.

    Ford is seeking to deliver autonomous capability that does not require driver input as defined by the SAE International as Level 4 of automation. At this level of capability, autonomous vehicles will likely be offered first in climates that support optimal sensor performance and in areas that have been mapped in high resolution 3D.

    Already, Ford is the first automaker to test fully autonomous vehicles in winter weather, including snow, and recently announced plans to triple the company’s autonomous vehicle development fleet making it the largest of all automakers.

    “We are committed to making autonomous vehicles available for millions of people,” Washington said. “Within well-defined areas and with favourable environmental conditions, we predict that fully autonomous driving will be possible within four years, and that autonomous vehicles will play a significant role in making travel safer, more enjoyable, and more accessible.”

    A new customer experience
    FordPass features four elements: A Marketplace offering access to mobility services and partners; trusted and knowledgeable FordGuides who are always there to help members to resolve mobility challenges; Appreciation, where members are recognised for their loyalty; and FordHubs, where consumers can experience new innovations.*

    Through FordPass owners will be able to manage their vehicle, including scheduling maintenance services. The partnerships announced today will bring significant benefits to FordPass members as follows:

    • The partnership with BP will reward members with exclusive offers and geolocation services, adding to loyalty partners including McDonalds. In the future, FordPass may enable members to search for nearby BP locations based on facilities available. Ford and BP can envision helping members to fill up at the right time and in the right place. This might for example include members remaining comfortable inside a vehicle and not stand outside in the cold or the heat, while a robot does the refuelling
    • Parkopedia, the global database for parking spaces, allows all FordPass members to search for parking, based on location, cost, availability and user ratings. In addition, as an on-street parking payment provider, Mobile City will help to provide a more seamless parking experience by enabling drivers to pay fees through FordPass . That could mean no need to keep coins, or for the right change, and beyond that – supporting a future that could see members’ cars park themselves in off-street facilities

    “This all-new platform that we are launching in Europe later this year is really about listening to people’s needs and developing ways to help them move better. It’s also about convenience, connecting consumers with the world and making it all incredibly easy,” Fields said.

    Mobility – new ways of getting about
    As part of Ford Smart Mobility, the company is working to expand the range of car-sharing and parking services offered in European cities and towns.

    In London, with its new GoPark pilot, Ford is building a predictive parking system – capable of directing drivers to streets where they’re most likely to find a space. A group of residents from the borough of Islington have volunteered to take part – with their cars being equipped with plug-in devices to give live data for traffic and parking conditions. The pilot includes both Ford and non-Ford vehicles.

    Also in London, Ford’s on-demand GoDrive car-sharing pilot is now trialling on-street parking on certain streets. Since launching last year, the service has expanded to 25 hubs across the city, each with guaranteed parking, at locations that include London Waterloo railway station and London City Airport.

    In Germany, bookings for Ford Carsharing, designed to serve small and medium sized cities, as well as large towns, were up by 76 per cent in 2015, with customers already driving more than 1 million kilometres in total during the year. The service is offered by Ford Germany and their dealers with 170 Ford Carsharing stations all over Germany.

    Connectivity, data and analytics
    Ford also at Mobile World Congress today demonstrates on new Kuga for the first time in Europe its new SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system. SYNC 3 allows drivers to control audio, navigation, and climate functions plus connected smartphones using simple, conversational voice commands.

    The company is announcing new apps for the system that can be voice-activated using SYNC AppLink, and include enabling drivers to earn money by transporting packages. The MyBoxMan app enables drivers delivering a package for others to earn around £3-5 for a typical 3 mile journey.**

    Ford will on February 24 at Mobile World Congress announce the winners of the Ford Smart Mobility Game Challenge. Developed with Cologne Game Lab and launched last year at Gamescom, the largest interactive games trade fair in Europe, the Ford Smart Mobility Game Challenge invited developers to create game concepts that could solve real-life problems in urban mobility

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    Smart Cars Meet Smart Homes http://social.hillsford.co.uk/smart-cars-meet-smart-homes/ http://social.hillsford.co.uk/smart-cars-meet-smart-homes/#respond Tue, 05 Jan 2016 05:15:17 +0000 http://www.momizat.com/theme/goodnews/?p=22 SMART CARS MEET SMART HOMES: FORD EXPLORING SYNC INTEGRATION WITH AMAZON ECHO AND ALEXA, WINK Ford is developing ways to pair millions of SYNC®-equipped vehicles globally with home automation devices or smart home products; half of consumers say they will buy at least one smart home product in the next year Ford is working to

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    SMART CARS MEET SMART HOMES: FORD EXPLORING SYNC INTEGRATION WITH AMAZON ECHO AND ALEXA, WINK
    • Ford is developing ways to pair millions of SYNC®-equipped vehicles globally with home automation devices or smart home products; half of consumers say they will buy at least one smart home product in the next year
    • Ford is working to integrate SYNC Connect and Amazon Echo to provide voice control access between the car and home; drivers could also access Internet-enabled devices, such as lights, home security systems, TVs and garage doors
    • Using Ford SYNC AppLink, drivers may also connect with the Wink smart home platform enabling seamless home automation, including the ability to program a garage door to open and a porch light to turn on when a certain distance from home

    Ford is exploring linking smart devices like Amazon Echo and Wink to its vehicles to allow consumers to control lights, thermostats, security systems and other features of their homes from their car, and to stop, start, lock, unlock and check their vehicle’s fuel range from the comforts of their couch.

    Ford is working to link the home automation devices with its vehicles through industry-leading Ford SYNC®. This comes as half of consumers say they will buy at least one smart home product in the next year, according to Icontrol Networks.

    “Consumers increasingly want to stay connected to their homes while on the move,” said Don Butler, Ford executive director, Connected Vehicle and Services. “Linking smart devices like Amazon Echo and Wink to vehicles via SYNC would fulfill that desire, and allow consumers to connect with their vehicles even when they aren’t behind the wheel.”

    With more than 15 million SYNC-equipped vehicles on roads around the world today and 43 million expected by 2020, Ford’s industry-leading communications and entertainment technology is offering customers even more connectivity. Amazon Echo and Wink connectivity innovations are part of Ford Smart Mobility, the plan to take Ford to the next level in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics.

    SYNC Connect and Amazon Echo
    Ford is looking to use new SYNC Connect technology to link vehicles with the Amazon cloud-based voice service Alexa, which would allow customers to access their vehicle from inside their home. Using Amazon Echo, a hands-free speaker and voice command device that interfaces with Alexa, Ford owners could request assistance with various functions of their car including:

    • Start/stop the vehicle
    • Lock/unlock
    • State range and charge status of their electric vehicle
    • Check fuel level/miles-to-empty
    • State vehicle mileage summary
    • Provide vehicle location with street name and driving time/mileage home

    While at home, a Ford owner would experience an interaction such as this:

    Owner: “Alexa, ask my Ford for my scheduled car start time.”
    Alexa: “Here is the list of your current go times. You have a start time set for Monday at 7 a.m., with a cabin temperature set to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Tuesday at 5:45 a.m., with a cabin temperature set to 75 degrees Fahrenheit.”
    Owner: “Alexa, ask my Ford for my car’s driving range.”
    Alexa: “You have an available range of 56 miles.”

    Alexa also provides a link to a variety of Internet-enabled smart devices, such as lights, home security systems, automatic garage doors and more.

    From inside the vehicle, a driver would access Alexa through the steering wheel-mounted voice recognition button, allowing the driver to make requests of connected smart devices or functions of Alexa, including weather reports, music, shopping lists and more.

    On the move, a driver could ask and receive answers to the following:

    “Alexa, is my garage door closed?”
    “Alexa, turn my porch lights on.”
    “Alexa, when is my next appointment?”

    SYNC AppLink and Wink
    Ford also is working with Wink, the smart home platform that brings together smart home devices from many different companies. Compatibility with SYNC AppLink enables Wink users to easily control and automate their smart home device on the dashboard of their car or through voice control.

    For example, a driver nearing home could have the option to either press a button or say a command that opens the garage door, turns on the lights, and unlocks the front door.

    “Connecting homes and cars is all about making life easier and convenient for our customers,” said Butler. “As smart homes and smart cars continue to evolve, SYNC technology makes it easy to implement features that will make life better and more convenient for our customers.”

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    Ford Targets Drone-to-vehicle Technology http://social.hillsford.co.uk/ford-targets-drone-to-vehicle-technology/ http://social.hillsford.co.uk/ford-targets-drone-to-vehicle-technology/#respond Tue, 05 Jan 2016 05:02:06 +0000 http://www.momizat.com/theme/goodnews/?p=226 FORD TARGETS DRONE-TO-VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE EMERGENCY SERVICES, COMMERCIAL BUSINESS EFFICIENCY Ford and drone-maker DJI drive innovation in smart drone-to-vehicle software with DJI Developer Challenge DJI Developer Challenge designed to create a rapidly deployable surveying system for use by the United Nations in emergency zones; future applications could include agriculture, forestry, construction, bridge inspection and

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    FORD TARGETS DRONE-TO-VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE EMERGENCY SERVICES, COMMERCIAL BUSINESS EFFICIENCY
    • Ford and drone-maker DJI drive innovation in smart drone-to-vehicle software with DJI Developer Challenge
    • DJI Developer Challenge designed to create a rapidly deployable surveying system for use by the United Nations in emergency zones; future applications could include agriculture, forestry, construction, bridge inspection and other work
    • These types of mobility innovations are part of Ford Smart Mobility, the plan to take Ford to the next level in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics

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    Ford and DJI are imagining a world in which vehicles and drones become more capable and efficient working together, and are announcing a challenge to develop the software to make that possible.

    Working with DJI, the world leader in professional-grade drone systems and software, Ford invites innovators to participate in the DJI Developer Challenge to create drone-to-vehicle communications using Ford SYNC®AppLink or OpenXC. The goal is a surveying system for the United Nations Development Program to inspect emergency zones inaccessible to even the most versatile vehicles.

    The technology could allow United Nations first responders to earthquakes or tsunamis to quickly deploy drones able to survey and map hardest-hit areas – all from the cab of an F-150.

    “At Ford, we are driving innovation in every part of our business to help make people’s lives better,” said Ken Washington, Ford vice president, Research and Advanced Engineering. “Working with DJI and the United Nations, there is an opportunity to make a big difference with vehicles and drones working together for a common good.”

    Applicants to the surveying system challenge can visit http://developer.dji.com/challenge2016. The challenge winner receives $100,000.

    The mobility challenge is part of Ford Smart Mobility, the plan to take the company to the next level in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics.

    Ford F-150 serves as drone base station
    Developers are tasked with creating software that would allow an F-150 and a drone to communicate in real time. The United Nations’ rapidly deployable surveying system ideally would work like this:

    In a disaster, an emergency response team would drive an F-150 as far as possible into an emergency zone caused by an earthquake or tsunami.

    Using the Ford SYNC® 3 touch screen, the driver could identify a target area and launch a drone by accessing an app projected through Ford SYNC AppLink. The drone would follow a flight path over the zone, capturing video and creating a map of survivors with associated close-up pictures of each.

    Using the driver’s smartphone, the F-150 would establish a real-time link between the drone, the truck and the cloud, so vehicle data can be shared. Data will be relayed to the drone so the driver can continue to a new destination, and the drone will catch up and dock with the truck.

    Developers will be able to use vehicle data available through SYNC AppLink or the OpenXC platform to create a seamless drone-to-vehicle communications experience.

    Though this challenge has a specific mission, the software eventually could allow drone-to-vehicle applications in agriculture, forestry, construction, bridge inspection, search and rescue, and many other work environments in which vehicles are space-, height- or terrain-limited.

    Ford Developer Program
    This developed challenge for drone software is just the latest example of how Ford is driving innovation through its Ford Developer Program, launched at the CES in 2013.

    By leveraging Ford AppLink and OpenXC, the company is inviting developers from across the globe to innovate with Ford in the automotive industry’s first end-to-end developer ecosystem.

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    Sync Brings New Applink Apps To Millions Of Customers http://social.hillsford.co.uk/sync-brings-new-applink-apps-to-millions-of-customers/ http://social.hillsford.co.uk/sync-brings-new-applink-apps-to-millions-of-customers/#respond Mon, 04 Jan 2016 06:08:07 +0000 http://www.momizat.com/theme/goodnews/?p=246 SYNC BRINGS NEW APPLINK APPS TO MILLIONS OF CUSTOMERS, ADDS APPLE CARPLAY, ANDROID AUTO, 4G LTE TO NEW VEHICLES Ford SYNC® AppLink™ adds new apps, including AAA member services, Concur expense report tracking and Eventseeker to find nearby music and other entertainment Apple CarPlay added to SYNC, giving iPhone users access to Maps, Messages, Phone and

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    SYNC BRINGS NEW APPLINK APPS TO MILLIONS OF CUSTOMERS, ADDS APPLE CARPLAY, ANDROID AUTO, 4G LTE TO NEW VEHICLES
    • Ford SYNC® AppLink™ adds new apps, including AAA member services, Concur expense report tracking and Eventseeker to find nearby music and other entertainment
    • Apple CarPlay added to SYNC, giving iPhone users access to Maps, Messages, Phone and Music through Siri voice control or touch screen
    • Android Auto™ enables easier and safer access to Google voice search, Google Maps, Google Play Music and more via steering wheel controls and touch screen
    • New SYNC Connect technology powered by 4G LTE enables remote start, unlock doors, check fuel level and locate a parked vehicle via smartphone

    Ford is expanding its SYNC® connectivity system, adding Apple CarPlay, Android Auto™, 4G LTE and several new AppLink™ apps to help millions of consumers stay connected behind the wheel and even when they are away from their cars.

    “SYNC allows customers to bring the smartphone technology they’re comfortable with into a vehicle and use it without hassle,” said Don Butler, Ford executive director, Connected Vehicle and Services. “With SYNC, we move at our customers’ pace – making it easy for them to maintain a connected lifestyle no matter their choice of smartphone, apps or services inside and outside their vehicle.”

    With more than 15 million SYNC-equipped vehicles on roads around the world today and 43 million expected by 2020, Ford’s industry-leading communications and entertainment technology is offering customers even more connectivity. Connectivity is one part of Ford Smart Mobility, the plan to take the company to the next level in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics.

    Starting this year, owners of SYNC 3-equipped vehicles will have more choice in how they access their smartphones in the car. iPhone users can activate Apple CarPlay, and Android users can activate Android Auto, two interfaces built specifically for those types of smartphones.

    In addition, new SYNC Connect technology powered by 4G LTE gives owners the ability to remotely access features of their car. Owners can program a remote start, unlock doors, check fuel level or locate a parked vehicle via their smartphone.

    In North America, Ford is making Apple CarPlay and Android Auto available on all 2017  vehicles equipped with SYNC 3, starting with the all-new Ford Escape. Owners of 2016 vehicles equipped with SYNC 3 will have an opportunity to upgrade later in the year.

    SYNC Connect technology expands globally, reaching more than 20 million customers by 2020.

    Take your apps with you
    With AppLink – the SYNC feature enabling drivers to voice-control smartphone apps from the driver’s seat – Ford is making it even easier to create unique, personalized experiences.

    The first apps using available vehicle information such as GPS location and mileage will be available this year, taking the in-car app experience to a more personal and customized level. Apps include:

    • AAA/CAA: The app for AAA members in the U.S. and CAA members in Canada uses vehicle GPS data to allow users to access fuel prices, locate fueling stations and use the Here2there route planning feature, which includes traffic, on the move
    • Concur: Upon starting a Ford vehicle, Concur users receive a prompt asking if they want to log a business trip. The app then starts clocking mileage from the odometer using vehicle data. Each time the car is turned off, this constitutes one trip recorded in the Trace Trip Journal. At the end of the day, the journal is complete, and the driver is prompted to reconcile the day’s trips
    • Eventseeker: Users can discover events from behind the wheel that fit their interest profile based on vehicle location data, finding out more about artists playing nearby, wherever they travel in their Ford vehicle
    • Cityseeker: Vehicle GPS data brings the best restaurants, nightlife and other attractions in more than 500 cities worldwide directly to the driver
    • Tencent Chelian: Drivers can access China’s most popular social media platform,QQ’s messaging app, as well as music, real-time traffic conditions and streaming radio

    Ford is further enhancing AppLink capabilities for developers. A new Send Location feature allows an app to integrate directly with the vehicle navigation system to provide seamless operation without the user having to touch his or her phone.

    Debuting on Glympse, the vehicle automatically recognizes if a driver is actively sharing the real-time location via the app. SYNC AppLink will ask if the driver would like to be routed to that destination. The driver can then press Yes to start turn-by-turn navigation.

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    Apple CarPlay
    Apple CarPlay is compatible with iPhone 5 and later models. It works by plugging in the iPhone via USB, then the CarPlay interface appears on the touch screen. Apple CarPlay features Siri voice control, and seamlessly integrates an iPhone with the car’s built-in display and controls.

    The integration makes it easy to make phone calls, access music, send and receive messages, get directions optimized for traffic conditions and other features – all while keeping your eyes on the road.

    Android Auto
    Users of Android devices 5.0 and higher can bring their smartphone experience into their vehicle safely and easily. Convenient information, including Google Maps, Google Play Music and apps are projected onto the SYNC screen, offering seamless integration of the smartphone into the car. Google voice search answers any questions customers may have also while on the road.

    SYNC: Nearly a decade of connectivity leadership
    Ford SYNC is the world’s leading in-car entertainment and communications system, with more than 15 million vehicles on the road worldwide.

    Launched in 2007, Ford SYNC was the industry’s first system to widely and most affordably offer voice-activated technology to control smartphones. The latest-generation system – SYNC 3 – features all-new hardware and software for faster performance, more conversational voice recognition, a smartphone-like touch screen, and easier-to-understand graphical interface for a growing number of Ford vehicles in North America.

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