This year, Ford and the Ford Fund created a new mobility
program called Strengthen Her: Mobilizing Ventures for Social Innovation, or SHE-MOVES.
The SHE-MOVES mobility program was designed specifically to make a difference
in the lives of women and children in South Africa and Nigeria. SHE-MOVES is
built around the “Whole-Person Leadership” development, adhering to the UN’s
Sustainable Development Goals, which include Quality Education, Affordable and
Clean Energy, Clean Water and Sanitation, Gender Equality, and Good Health and
Specifically, SHE-MOVES made a difference in Nigeria by
awarding a grant to Shuttlers, a female-owned app-based service that helps more
than 400 women move around in Lagos, which is seeing tremendous population
In South Africa, SHE-MOVES partnered with the Uhambo
Foundation of Cape Town to give children with special needs the mobility they
require; the grant to the foundation also empowers caretakers of these
children. In addition to the financial assistance, the SHE-MOVES mobility
program donated a Ford Tourneo Custom to the organization.
“We are extremely grateful to receive the SHE-MOVES grant and the donation of the Ford Tourneo Custom, both of which will assist us immensely in reaching out to more members of the community and help improve the lives of children affected by disabilities, particularly in the impoverished rural areas,” remarked Uhambo Foundation General Manager Sarah Driver-Jowitt.
Contact us at L&L Motor for more exciting news about Ford’s charitable partnerships, as well as its new 2020 model lineup.
The Ford Motor Company has built its legacy upon innovation.
That tradition shows no sign of stopping — at the Intelligent Transportation Society of America’s yearly
conference in Washington, D.C., the automaker unveiled the Ford Connected
showed off two innovations aimed at making the road a safer place for drivers
and pedestrians alike. These devices allow vehicles to communicate with other
vehicles and mobile devices through Bluetooth®, blockchain
encryption, and short-range communication technology.
first demonstration showed a roadside unit that allows vehicles to wirelessly
communicate with cyclists, pedestrians, and other road users. It allows
pedestrians to be notified of oncoming vehicles they might not notice.
second high-tech safety device aims to smooth out the issues inherent at
four-way stops. It gives drivers an easier way to determine right-of-way,
without the frustration of waving a hesitant driver on, while insisting,
“Please, you go first.” Instead, the vehicles will have a conversation,
ensuring smoother transitions and fewer miscommunications.
Connected Vehicle Platform and Product Executive Director Don Butler is excited
about the potential for these innovations. Aside from helping traffic run
smoothly, Butler is excited to gather more data about traffic, construction,
and emergency vehicles, so cities can strategically improve their infrastructure.
Want to see more of innovative technology, smart driver-assist features, and advanced communication capabilities? Test-drive a Ford at L&L Motor today.
One of the newest innovations to come to the Ford lineup is
Key by Amazon. This enables delivery people to deliver packages from Amazon
inside of your car for safe keeping. Amazon’s goal for this service is to help
prevent packages from being stolen from your front porch. This feature is
available exclusively to Amazon Prime members.
The best part? You don’t have to go out and buy a new Ford
to get this functionality. Instead, drivers of Fords from the 2017 model year
and more recent years can add the functionality via FordPass Connect (assuming
the Ford model has that feature enabled).
So how does it work? You will receive a notification when
the delivery is about to occur and when it is complete. The delivery person
will only have access to your vehicle during that delivery period and must
verify that the vehicle has been locked after delivery. You also have the
ability to reroute the delivery (like if you unexpectedly move your car) or
reschedule (like if you will be driving your car all day).
Expect more innovations like this from Ford in the coming
years. For example, Ford is already considering a similar perk: mobile car
washes. This entails exactly what you’d imagine. While you sit in the office or
just enjoy a day at home, car washers will come to your Ford and wash it for you.
Contact us at L&L Motor for more information on Key by Amazon, or to set up a test-drive of your favorite Ford model.