Ian Thibodeau The Detroit News Published 12:01 AM EDT Oct 1, 2018 The brains behind Ford Motor Co.'s push into self-driving cars don't come from Silicon Valley — they come from southeast Michigan. Michigan natives Bryan Salesky and Pete Rander are the CEO and president, respectively, of Argo AI, the tech company majority owned by the Dearborn-based automaker. They're nearly two years into a partnership that aims to push the Blue Oval, and its industry rivals, into a future of self-driving cars promising a slew of new services beyond the metal Ford today sells. "It's going to take several years to scale this thing out," Salesky said in an interview. "It's not going to happen overnight, be a winner-take-all grudge match. It doesn't help anybody to over-promise ... or to fail to deliver on this promise." The pairing is potentially lucrative for both companies: Ford gets big tech names attached to its self-driving development teams. … [Read more...] about Leadership of Ford’s self-driving partner, Argo AI, made in Michigan
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2018 Ford Focus ElectricTesla production has apparently outstripped its delivery system and lots of Teslas flood Northern California. The Trump administration gives a thumbs up to gas-guzzling. Ford recalls charge cords for all 2012-2015 plug-in models. And Workhorse, best known for its plug-in truck conversions, builds a hybrid helicopter. All of this and more on Green Car Reports. Parking lots full of Tesla electric cars have flooded Northern California. It's unclear if the cars are ready for delivery to other parts of the United States, or if they await some sort of rework from Tesla. The Trump administration says it's A-OK to guzzle more gasoline. The Energy Department quietly released a memo stating domestic supplies give the U.S. more flexibility to "use our oil resources with less concern." Ford has recalled plug-in electric car chargers for all of its 2012-2015 models. Affected cars include the Ford Focus Electric, Ford C-Max Energi, and Ford Fusion Energi, and the automaker … [Read more...] about Lots of Teslas, Trump admin OKs gas-guzzling, and Ford recalls charging cords: Today’s Car News
In the race to start the world’s first driving business without human drivers, everyone is chasing Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo. The Google sibling has cleared the way to beat its nearest rivals, General Motors Co. and a couple of other players, by at least a year to introduce driverless cars to the public. A deal reached in January to buy thousands of additional Chrysler Pacifica minivans, which get kitted out with sensors that can see hundreds of yards in any direction, puts Waymo’s lead into stark relief. No other company is offering for-hire rides yet, let alone preparing to carry passengers in more than one city this year. GM plans to start a ride-hailing service with its Chevrolet Bolt—the one with no steering wheel or pedals, the ultimate goal in autonomous technology—late next year. Most of the others trying solve the last remaining self-driving puzzles are more cautious, targeting 2020 or later.The road to autonomy is long and … [Read more...] about Who’s Winning the Self-Driving Car Race?
They expect the 5dr 1-litre EcoBoost will have emissions of 107 g/km, with the 1.5-litre EcoBoost starting from 122 g/km or thereabouts. The 1.5-litre diesel comes in 95PS and 120PS guise with emissions as low as 91g/km for the 5dr. The 2-litre diesel (150PS) starts from an anticipated 112 g/km. The net result, Ford say, is they can claim a 10pc reduction in emissions across the new Focus range. Trim levels include Trend and Titanium, ST-Line, Vignale etc. It is not possible to accurately predict what will be standard, trim specific or optional, but there is a lot of stuff to go around by the looks of things. Among the items on board, depending on your choice, will be a FordPass Connect embedded modem for connectivity on the move, a wireless charging pad, SYNC 3 with 8ins touchscreen etc. The wi-fi hotspot (up to 4G) includes a complimentary wireless data trial that expires after three months or when 3GB of data is used. After that you need a subscription to Vodafone to … [Read more...] about New Ford Focus set to whet appetites ahead of arrival in July