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Ford put drivers into camouflaged ‘seat suits’ to develop a self-driving language

Ford's self-driving vehicles have been on the roads in Miami.Image: ford That man who dressed as a car seat to make it look like he was in a self-driving car last year was, in fact, not a terrible Halloween costume, but part of a study for Ford’s self-driving cars.  At the time, pesky reporters quickly uncovered that the disguised driver was with the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. Now we also know that that covert driving attire was to help Ford’s self-driving car team shape a “common language” for cars to…

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Ford to stop selling every car in North America but the Mustang and Focus Active

Ford today announced it will phase out most cars it sells in North America. According to its latest financial release, the auto giant “will transition to two vehicles” — the Mustang and an unannounced vehicle, the Focus Active, being the only traditional cars it sells in the region. Ford sees 90 percent of its North America portfolio in trucks, utilities and commercial vehicles. Citing a reduction in consumer demand and product profitability, Ford is in turn not investing in the next generation of sedans. The Taurus is no more. The…

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Fords 2018 Mustang GT can do 0-to-60 mph in under 4 seconds

2018 Mustang GT can go 0-60 in under 4 seconds with new 10-speed automat… Ford Mustang GT Drag Strip Mode in 12-inch Digital Cluster  View Slideshow Next Exit Overall the car manages 460 horsepower and 420 lb.-fit of torque through its 5.0-liter V8 engine, which Ford redesigned from the ground up for this 2018 Mustang. Dag Strip Mode is just one of five modes available to the driver with the new model, each of which suits a different kind of driving scenario. Building out options and pricing for the new…

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With autonomy, commercial real-estate could go mobile

Cyrus Radfar is a founding engineer of AddThis, which was acquired by Oracle. More posts by this contributor: Autonomous cars will bring a moveable feast of products and services Transport’s coming upheaval The coming years could see the next great land rush across the US and many other countries worldwide, but it might not even involve land. Instead, the next trend for savvy investors could be fleets of autonomous vehicles. A previous article posited the idea that the retail industry may be about to experience its greatest disruption since the rise…

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