Ford Uses Self-Driving Technology to Help Small Businesses

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Self-driving technology is new, exciting, and has a lot of promising applications. Ford recognizes the limitless possibilities of self-driving technology and is working with a group of small-business owners who operate flower shops, dry cleaners, and a pet car shop in Miami, to see how self-driving tech can work to improve their business flow.

Delivery is an often-requested service of a florist, but many smaller shops cannot afford the cost of a dedicated driver. A clever solution may be on the way in the form of a fleet of self-driving cars that serve multiple businesses in the area at once.

The service works via a mobile application. When the florist has a delivery request they need only request one via the app, receive a notification when the self-driving vehicle has arrived, and then load the cargo into the storage area. The recipient then receives a call or other notification to go out and retrieve her beautiful arrangement from the vehicle when it arrives. The vehicle then continues on its way to another delivery, perhaps for a completely different business, like a dry cleaner.

The technology is still in the trial phase, and no driverless vehicles are currently in service, but the trials that are currently collecting data have been promising and the potential for this service to help owners of small businesses in a variety of fields is very exciting.

We’re eager to see how Ford will use self-driving tech to help business owners. Contact Courtesy Ford today for more information!

New Ford Vehicles Will Feature 5G Technology by 2022

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New Ford vehicles bring more innovative technologies to the road than any other competitor. Ford Motor Company recently announced an ambitious plan: bring 5G technology to every new Ford vehicle by 2022. The cellular technology will allow the vehicle to communicate with infrastructure, businesses, other vehicles, and more.

Ford’s cellular vehicle-to-everything connection, called C-V2X, will play a major role in how self-driving vehicles operate. With autonomous vehicles expected to take the roads by storm within the next decade, Ford is looking to remain on the cutting edge of technology.

5G connectivity could help drivers with day-to-day activities, such as navigating four-way stops. Traffic lights could be equipped with technology that warns vehicles when the signal is about to change. Road signs could inform vehicles and drivers of upcoming construction zones. If everything goes wrong and a properly equipped vehicle is involved in an accident, it could alert oncoming vehicles.

“C-V2X could complement these systems in ways similar to how our sense of hearing complements our vision to improve our ability to operate in a complex world,” wrote Don Butler, executive director of Ford’s connected vehicle platform.

Ford won’t be alone in bringing the future of the road to light. The automaker will work with governments and industry experts to create an environment that can support new Ford vehicles equipped with 5G technology. We look forward to having these advanced trucks and SUVs at Courtesy Ford.

New Ford Co-Pilot360 Takes Safety to the Next Level

New Ford Co-Pilot360

If you’re a Ford fan, you now have another reason to love Ford vehicles. This past March, Ford announced its all-new Ford Co-Pilot360™ safety system, which is “the most advanced suite of standard driver-assist technologies among full-line brands.”

In the next couple of years, Ford’s state-of-the-art safety technology will come standard on 91% of Ford vehicles, including passenger cars, SUVs, and pickup trucks, allowing you to feel calm, collected, and confident while behind the wheel of a Ford vehicle. Ford Co-Pilot360™ is only the beginning of Ford’s commitment to innovative safety technology, as the automaker will invest $500 million in the next five years to further develop driver-assist technology and safety features.

Ford Co-Pilot360™ offers you innovative and advanced safety features that help elevate your overall driving experience. Among the features included are a Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert, Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keeping System, Auto High Beam Lighting, and a convenient rear view camera. This suite of driver-assist technologies offers you comprehensive coverage while on the road.

The Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection monitors the road ahead of you, detecting vehicles and pedestrians in your path and automatically applying the brakes if necessary. At the other end, the Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert monitors the road behind you and on either side of your vehicle, alerting you if there is a vehicle in your blind spot by displaying a backlit icon in your side-view mirror as well as using an audio alert.

To learn more about Ford’s innovative technology, the Ford Co-Pilot360™, visit Courtesy Ford of Sauk City.

Best New Car Gadgets That’ll Take Your Driving Experience to the Next Level

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Christmas may have come and gone, but it’s never too late to treat yourself to something new that will kick your driving experience up a notch. Here are some of our favorite new car gadgets that driving enthusiasts will love.

Bestek Jump Starter

One down side of traditional jumper cables is that if there are no other cars around, you’re out of luck. The Bestek Jump Starter is a great new device that solves this dilemma. This convenient gadget plugs right into your car’s 12V outlets so you can get back on the road even if there is no one else in sight.

 

Garmin Dash Cam 55

A dash cam is the best way to record all of your favorite scenic drives, and the Garmin Dash Cam 55 does just this in incredibly clear 1440p video at 30 frames per second. You can even use this dash cam to easily make cinematic time-lapse videos of your adventures.

 

Handpresso Coffee Maker

Especially if you’re often in a rush in the morning, you should definitely check out the Handpresso Coffee Maker. This little machine plugs into your car’s 12V outlets and fits conveniently in your cup holder so you can always count on your coffee being as fresh as possible for your morning commute.

 

If you’re still on the hunt for the perfect car for all of these cool gadgets, stop by Courtesy Ford of Sauk City to browse our lot’s inventory.

The Best Driving Apps Every Driver is Sure to Love

Car Interior

Sure, traditional car radios are great, but finding great smartphone apps can really take your driving experience to the next level. So, if talk radio isn’t doing it for you any longer, check out these great driving apps that everyone is sure to love.

                                                            

Google Assistant

While Google Assistant isn’t solely for driving, it is an extremely useful app that makes access your smartphone much easier while behind the wheel. With intelligent voice recognition technology, Google Assistant can change the music, respond to texts, search for directions, and a whole lot more. The best part: it’s completely free to use.

 

HERE WeGo

There are a lot of great navigation apps out there. HERE WeGo is a little different than the rest, as it allows you to download maps and continue to use them even when you’re phone is offline. This lets you stay on track without burning through your cellular data allotment for the month.

 

Spotify

If you’re still popping CDs into your car’s stereo, check out Spotify to discover how easy it is to have unlimited access to almost all the music you could ever want. Spotify is a great music streaming app that can be used for free, though it’s full range of features costs $9.99 per month.

 

A lot of newer vehicles come with features ready to incorporate these apps into your vehicle’s infotainment system. Check out some of the newest models equipped with this tech at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City.

Why Get an EcoBoost Engine?

Ford is always striving to be the best. That’s why they developed an amazing new engine to remain at the top. It doesn’t just have efficiency, it has power, too, for the ultimate engine. Here’s why you should consider a vehicle with an EcoBoost engine!

Ford F-150 EcoBoost Engine - Sauk City, WI

Test drive a new F-150 or any model offering an EcoBoost engine to see the difference for yourself.

So first off, what exactly is the EcoBoost engine? It’s got the ideal combination of turbocharging and direct fuel injection to bring you fuel efficiency and power, all in one package. So, why would you want it?

Save Fuel Money

Since an EcoBoost engine is high in efficiency, you’ll be saving money when it comes to the gas station! You’ll also have a hand in reducing carbon emissions and improving the environment!

Feel the Power

You’ll still get to have plenty of fun even with top efficiency. The EcoBoost gives you incredible power since it’s constantly charging. That “boost” is what makes you feel like a race car driver!

Save Overall Money!

Since the EcoBoost engine has a combination of both efficiency and power, you’re getting both without paying the higher sticker price that comes with hybrids or sports cars.

Have you decided you want this amazing engine, or maybe just want to try one out? Ask Courtesy Ford of Sauk City today about switching your engine to EcoBoost or choosing a new Ford with an EcoBoost engine today!

Google-Ford Partnership to Produce Driverless Cars

Google-Ford Partnership

Google-Ford Partnership

The new year is upon us, and seemingly full of upcoming technology innovations. One of the innovations that many companies are striving for is driverless cars. Although 2016 does seem promising for technology growth, driverless cars probably won’t be part of everyday life – yet.

Ford and Google have reportedly decided to collaborate on creating driverless cars, also referred to as autonomous vehicles. Many companies such as Apple, Tesla, and Nissan have already started test-driving prototypes. However, the partnership of Google and Ford may be the best push for autonomous vehicles.

Google and Ford both possess things that the other one needs. Google has the technology, particularly how it relates to autonomous controls. Ford has been creating vehicles for over 100 years, so they have a lot of knowledge on the structure and needs of cars.

Despite the power team, there will still be challenges in engineering, such as developing a network of sensors to act as the car’s eyes and ears. In addition to the designing/building challenges, there are also the legal and social issues of incorporating driverless cars in society.

Official word of the Google-Ford partnership is expected sometime in the near future. Only time will tell what this partnership will achieve, but we at Courtesy Ford are excited to see what the future holds.