See How Ford’s SHE-MOVES Mobility Program Is Making a Difference

SHE-MOVES

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 Wellbeing.

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 growth.

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.  

Ford Unveils Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication Technology

Ford Connected Vehicle Platform

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 Vehicle Platform.

Ford 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.

The 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.

The 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.

Ford 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.

Key by Amazon Offered on Ford Vehicles

Key by Amazon

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.