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.

Ford F-150 Hybrid Production Confirmed for 2020

Earlier this fall, Ford confirmed something major for America’s favorite pickup truck: Ford F-150 hybrid production will begin at the Rouge complex in Dearborn, Michigan, in 2020. The Rouge complex this year celebrates its 100 year anniversary; its history dates back to 1918, when workers built Eagle Boats during World War I for the United States Navy.

It is fitting that the new Ford F-150 hybrid will be produced at this location. Since its inception, Rouge has been about producing innovative vehicles that lead the market.

“Just as the Rouge has been a harbinger of progress for a century, Ford is committed to ensuring our trucks continue to power the world in a sustainable way — whether they are powered by EcoBoost engines, hybrid powertrains, or are fully electric,” according to Ford.

Rouge will certainly be doing the environment a favor by producing a new hybrid pickup. But this won’t be the complex’s only environmental achievement. In fact, the plant recently earned zero-waste-to-landfill status and is currently working to remove potable water from its manufacturing process.

Ford F-150 hybrid production will also involve a $45 million investment in the Advanced Manufacturing Center in Redford and a $35 million investment in the Allen Park UAW-Ford training facility.

Stop by L&L Motor to test-drive your favorite Ford model.

Here Are Five Vehicle Features We Are Thankful For

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so we at L&L Motor have been talking about what we are thankful for. One of the big things? Advances in vehicle safety. Here are five vehicles features we are grateful for this year:

All-Wheel Drive 

When the roads get wet from rain or snow, we are happy to rely on our vehicles’ all-wheel drive systems, which provide or traction. But all-wheel drive is only half the battle — you also need tires that provide adequate grip.

Rearview Cameras

Rearview cameras are now an industry standard — and thank goodness for that. Rearview cameras make it much easier to see when reversing and keep pedestrians in parking lots and on sidewalks much safer.

Forward Collision Warning 

This modern safety feature alerts you if you are approaching a frontal barrier, like another car, too quickly. Some cars even have systems that will apply brakes for you if you do not react quickly enough.

Blind Spot Monitoring

Blind spots have long been the biggest pain about driving, but with blind spot monitoring/warnings, you have a better idea of what is around you.

Adaptive Cruise Control

Cruise control is great until the car in front of you inexplicably slows down. Adaptive cruise control maintains a consistent distance from the traffic ahead of you.

Stop by L&L Motor to test-drive one of our new Ford models equipped with some of these safety features.