2021 Ford F-150 Gets Hands-Free Driving Technology

2020 Ford F-150 | Vernal, UT

Ford will soon offer hands-free driving technology on the 2021 Ford F-150. The top-of-the-line Limited trim will sport Active Drive Assist as a standard element of the Ford Co-Pilot360™, the automaker’s suite of advanced safety and driver assist features. Though, you can also get Active Drive Assist as an available add-on if you go with a Lariat, King Ranch, or Platinum trim.

Active Drive Assist

Active Drive Assist will enable you to remove your hands from the steering wheel while on the highway. The system uses camera and radar technologies to keep the 2021 F-150 squarely in the center of the lane while traveling at a driver-selected speed.

Active Drive Assist has already been announced as part of the all-new electric Mustang Mach-E. Ford mapped more than 100,000 miles of American highways when fine-tuning the new technology.

Granted, drivers are still required to keep their eyes on the road at all times. A driver-facing camera will monitor your head position and eye movement to ensure that you are staying awake and alert behind the wheel.

3-Year Service

Active Drive Assist is available for a 3-year service period with automatic updates to keep the technology current. After this period, updates will come only if you continue the subscription by paying a monthly service cost.

Find out more about Ford’s hands-free technology on the 2021 F-150 when you call L&L Motor in Roosevelt, Utah.

Ford is Partnering With Mobileye to Improve Driver Safety

2021 Ford F-150 Dashboard | Roosevelt, UT

Ford is partnering with Mobileye to help improve its lineup of advanced driver safety aids. The automaker will leverage Mobileye’s EyeQ software and computer chips to make Ford’s Co-Pilot360™ technology even better.

“It is a privilege to extend and expand our long-standing collaboration with a company that is so committed to safety on behalf of its global customer base,” said Professor Amnon Shashua, president and CEO, Mobileye. “We look forward to working closely together to bring these functionalities to market in the full Ford product lineup.”

Active Drive Assist

One of the first new technologies that Mobileye is helping Ford develop is the new Active Drive Assist. This will be Ford’s first venture into hands-free driving technology. This feature will initially appear in the redesigned 2021 Ford F-150 and the new Mustang Mach-E electric vehicle.

Mobileye Partnership

The partnership with Mobileye is a long-term commitment that is expected to last through the next generation of new Ford vehicles. As the Ford lineup continues to get new technology, you will begin to see the Mobileye logo incorporated into the SYNC® touch-screen displays. Ford will continue to work with Mobileye to development future autonomous driving technology.

Celebrate Ford’s exciting new partnership when you stop by L&L Motor to experience Ford tech firsthand.

Ford SYNC® 4 Infotainment System Has INRIX Technology

2021 Ford Mustang MachE | Roosevelt, UT

The all-new Ford SYNC® 4 infotainment system has INRIX technology, which makes your daily drive easier with tons of valuable driving data. INRIX makes it a breeze to access real-time information on available parking spaces, the lowest local gas prices, the nearest EV charging stations, and the latest traffic updates.

INRIX

INRIX keeps its information up-to-date by gathering billions of data points from anonymous sources every single day. This data comes from sources as varied as connected vehicles, state DOTs, social media, news reports, and road weather reports. For instance, its vast dataset lets it display the latest prices from over 380,000 gas stations around the world.

“Customers want connected vehicle technologies to work more like smartphones with real-time, personalized services – and that is exactly what SYNC® 4 offers, including INRIX’s parking and fuel price innovations,” explained Gary Jablonski, the manager of Ford Connected Vehicle Infotainment Systems. INRIX technology can even benefit entrepreneurs and contractors. Using the example of hard-working F-150 customers, Jablonski demonstrated that INRIX technology would take the stress and guesswork out of locating job sites.

Bronco, Mustang, and F-150

The SYNC® 4 infotainment system will be available on Bronco models, the all-electric Mustang Mach-E, and the all-new 2021 Ford F-150. When those models arrive, you’ll be able to find all of those innovative vehicles right here at L&L Motor, serving Roosevelt, Utah.

Ford Offers Improved Navigation Technologies for Bronco and F-150

2020 Ford F-150 Navigation |  Roosevelt, UT

Adventure awaits, and the all-new Ford Bronco and F-150 are more equipped than ever to take you off the beaten path. To ensure that you are free to explore with confidence, Ford is working with Telenav® to provide improved navigation technologies that will keep functioning, even outside of the cellular range.

Hybrid Navigation Software

Ford and Telenav® have come together to add available hybrid navigation software to Ford models that can store maps and provide directions, no matter where the journey takes you. This new connective technology is part of the SYNC® 4 system, which is available in the new Ford Bronco and F-150. With this navigation tool in place, you can confidently explore the outdoors find your way back to Vernal, Utah, with ease.

Enhancing The Towing Experience

The new navigation solution not only enhances the off-roading experience but also the towing experience. It’s built with specialized routing options if you are towing a trailer or if you are off-roading. This allows you to travel along routes that are suited for your trailer’s size, so you can avoid running into narrow passes or sharp turns. You can also get directions for lots of the 4×4 trails in North America, and more trail maps will be added in the future.

If you’re looking to get your hands on an off-road-ready or trailer-capable Ford model, give us a call at L&L Motor, and our staff would be happy to walk you through the different technologies and capabilities of Ford models.

Download These 4 Apps for Safe Teen Driving

apps for safe teen driving

Are you worried about your new teen driver’s safety behind the wheel, especially when you’re not in the car to monitor? Then try out one of the four apps for safe teen driving, recommended by The News Wheel:

Focus by TeenDrive

 To use this app, you will also need to purchase a beacon to install in your car and create an account online. When your teen’s phone is within 20 feet of this beacon, it will sync with it, meaning that when the car is in motion, all text and social media notifications will be blocked. Drivers can still utilize navigation and music apps.

MOTIVATE

While Focus requires that you purchase a beacon, MOTIVATE operates just with the app on the phone — and teens may be more eager to use this one. That’s because MOTIVATE is an incentive app that rewards teens for safe driving. MOTIVATE pauses app notifications when the teen is driving and awards them points for prizes for safe driving.

LifeSaver

When your teen’s vehicle is in motion, the phone automatically locks. And if they unlock it? You’ll get a notification so you can talk to your teen about safe driving.

Drivemode

Currently, Drivemode is available only for Android users. It uses voice command, reads texts aloud, supports Google Maps, and more. Most importantly? It turns off notifications.

If you and your teen are starting to shop for their first vehicle, stop by L&L Motor. We’ll help match you with the right Ford model to suit your budget and preferences.

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.

Avoid Potholes with New Ford Focus Pothole Detection Technology

There are few things worse than driving along, minding your own business when — BAM! — you hit a giant pothole you somehow didn’t see. With potholes becoming such a consistent part of the driving experience, it can be difficult to avoid them — until now. Ford is introducing a brand-new technology that will help mitigate pothole damage — and hopefully keep you from feeling that unwelcome jarring sensation.

The Ford Focus pothole detection technology senses when your Focus’s wheel falls into a pothole. When this occurs, it automatically adjusts the suspension to help eliminate the pothole’s impact on both your vehicle’s suspension and you — all within a single second.

Ford tested the effectiveness of this technology at its Belgium test facility, putting it through the ringer with plenty of awful potholes and road hazards.

“Our engineers are always searching for the roughest roads to really test our suspension to the limit, but more and more we’re noticing that the rough roads are finding us,” said Guy Mathot, Ford Focus vehicle dynamics supervisor. “Potholes are a problem that isn’t going away anytime soon, but with our advanced suspension technology for the all-new Focus, we’ve been able to reduce their impact.”

This new technology will come as part of the Focus’s Continuously Controlled Damping system, so make sure you add this technology to your list when you purchase a new Focus. Stop by L&L Motor to test-drive a new Focus equipped with this innovative feature.

Which 2018 Ford Model Gets the Best Gas Mileage?

For many people, finding a vehicle with the best gas mileage is a top priority. If you’re wondering which 2018 Ford model gets the best gas mileage, never fear. We’ve gone ahead and put together a quick list of the most fuel-efficient Ford models in each segment, based on their standard EPA-estimated fuel efficiency rating.

Hybrids & EVs

As you might guess from their eco-friendly powertrains, Ford’s Hybrids and EVs happen to have the best fuel economy in the lot. From the all-electric Focus hatchback to the suave-looking Fusion Hybrid, the options are endless. Here’s a look at these models’ fuel-efficiency numbers from highest to lowest:

  • 2018 Ford Focus Electric: 118 MPGe city and 96 MPGe highway
  • 2018 Ford Fusion Energi: 43 mpg city and 41 mpg highway; 104 MPGe city and 91 MPGe highway
  • 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid: 43 mpg city and 41 mpg highway
  • 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid: 42 mpg city and 38 mpg highway

Sedans & Hatchbacks

Depending on the size of the sedan and hatchback, you will find that you can still get some great fuel-efficiency ratings. Here’s a look at Ford’s three most fuel-efficient models in this segment.

  • 2018 Ford C-Max: 42 mpg city and 38 mpg highway
  • 2018 Ford Fiesta: 27 mpg city and 35 mpg highway
  • 2018 Ford Focus: 25 mpg city and 34 mpg highway

Crossovers & SUVs

Crossovers and SUVs are great options for family cars. If you’re wondering which of Ford’s models are the most fuel-efficient, though, we’ve found the top three.

  • 2018 Ford EcoSport: 27 mpg city and 29 mpg highway
  • 2018 Ford Escape: 21 mpg city and 29 mpg highway
  • 2018 Ford Edge: 21 mpg city and 29 mpg highway

Trucks

Ford’s pickup trucks are legendary. Not only do they offer superior power, but they also have some good fuel-efficiency numbers. Here’s a look at how fuel-efficient the popular F-150 is with its standard engine.

  • 2018 Ford F-150: 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway

Test-drive any of these reputable Ford models for yourself when you stop by L&L Motor. We’ll be happy to match you with a vehicle that suits your efficiency preferences.

 

Expect Innovation from Future Ford Cars

Ford is joining the ranks of other automakers and Silicon-Valley techies fighting for stakes in the future of automobiles. Jim Hackett—Ford’s new CEO—says he’s implementing changes to make Ford part of this future.

After spending three months on the job, Hackett specified what changes will be coming to Ford. Previously, Hackett led Ford’s autonomous car division before moving up to president and CEO of Ford Motor Company.

The changes affect both the production of Ford cars as well as the types of cars Ford will be focusing its energy on. Ford will further automate its manufacturing to slash costs, as well as invest particularly in SUVs and light trucks by taking away resources from traditional cars. Ford is boldly trying to anticipate what the future of automobiles will look like; investing in key electric power and smart technologies is part of its new venture.

Hackett wants Ford to expand its consumer markets and fight for a place in the future of autonomous cars, as these are looking more and more like the industry’s next step. A third area that Hackett would like to focus on is making Ford vehicles increasingly smart with tech features geared toward easy connectivity and entertainment.

Visit us at L&L Motors to learn more about the innovative heart of Ford.

Future Ford Cars

Mustang Line-Lock Feature Added to EcoBoost Models

2017 Ford Mustang

Once you’ve experience the thrill and power that a burnout offers, you will want to do it again and again. Ford is now giving all Mustang owners that opportunity. It has announced that the Mustang line-lock features will come standard on all 2018 Mustang models, including those equipped with the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine.

“We introduced line-lock on EcoBoost Mustangs because we didn’t want those customers to miss out,” said Mark Schaller, Ford Mustang marketing manager. “The number of people choosing EcoBoost power continues to grow globally, and with the increased torque and new features coming on the new Mustang, customers will not be disappointed.”

Line-lock, which is a truck-exclusive feature, is used by drag racers to warm up the tires just before the race begins. When activated, line-lock builds up pressure in the front brakes so the driver can hit the throttle and spin out the rear wheels for up to 15 seconds.

In addition, Mustangs equipped with the available 12-inch digital instrument display will get see an animation of a tire throwing up a cloud of smoke when line-lock is activated.

Here at L&L Motor Co., we are excited that Ford decided to add the Mustang Line-Lock feature to all Mustang models. No matter if you choose the EcoBoost, V6, or one of the V8 engines, the Ford Mustang is guaranteed to deliver a thrilling ride.