Ford Motor Company continues to focus on the future with the development of an automated valet parking system that will save drivers time and use parking space more efficiently. The system is getting a trial run in a parking garage in Detroit.
The new system is the result of a partnership between Ford, Bedrock, and Bosch, and is being tested in the Bedrock Assembly Garage in Detroit. Ford Escape crossovers were chosen for the test project. The Escapes were left in a staging area, and then participants sent the vehicles to parking spots in the garage by using an app on their phones. The Escapes were fitted with sensors to communicate with detectors set up in the garage. This allowed the cars to maneuver around obstacles and to move into the chosen parking place. The app was used to retrieve the car later when it was wanted.
This technology is expected to allow 20 percent more vehicles to park in the same amount of space. Ford says that it is easy to add the system to existing infrastructure. Not only will this automated valet parking system save drivers time and frustration, they can also use the app to send the car to plug in for a charge or to get a wash and wax.
Give a head nod to Ford’s commitment to making driving and vehicle ownership more convenient when you test-drive a shiny new 2021 model here at Jordan Ford in Mishawaka.
The first Ford New Norm Mobility Award was given at the New Designers Awards in the UK back in September. Ford Motor Company funded the award to honor progressive mobility concepts focusing on health and safety during the pandemic. The winner of the first-time award was Marius Lochner for Muvone, a self-driving taxi concept.
The Muvone self-driving taxi concept definitely deserved this accolade from Ford. The automaker had been looking for designs that tackled some of the problems with transportation that the COVID-19 pandemic exposed. The Muvone holds one passenger and its simply designed interior is easy to clean between uses. It also presents a workable solution for seniors who are no longer able to drive and who may have mobility problems.
Judges appreciated Lochner’s design for its human-centric approach that focuses on safety, health, and private space. Other projects in the running were an app that optimizes travel routes to avoid unsafe conditions and a vehicle that can switch between a sports car and a pickup truck.
The New Designers Awards is held every year in the UK to showcase the work of students graduating with degrees in design. This year’s awards followed the new norm and were held virtually because of the pandemic.
Celebrate Ford’s commitment to advancing technology when you stop by Jordan Ford to take your favorite model for a whirl.
Though the previous generation of Ford’s infotainment technology already had an edge on the competition, Ford is preparing to unleash its brand-new SYNC® 4 system for the next-generation 2021 lineup of vehicles such as the Bronco, F-150, and Mustang Mach-E. Recently, the automaker announced a new partnership with INRIX that will strengthen the capabilities of its SYNC® 4 system and help customers save money on parking and gas.
INRIX is a technology company that specializes in providing analytics and other services for connected vehicle systems like the SYNC® 4. INRIX’s many years of expertise and industry know-how is why Ford chose to integrate the company’s service into its upcoming SYNC® 4 infotainment platform.
Thanks to the INRIX integration, next-gen Ford owners with SYNC® 4 systems will be able to use their infotainment screen to locate parking spots and get directions to the closest gas stations. Best yet, INRIX’s software lets you find the cheapest parking spots and lowest gas prices nearby to help you save some cash while traveling.
The INRIX system is touted as being the most accurate in the world, and is connected to over 400,000 gas stations in 150 countries across the globe. “These services are no longer just a selling point but a requirement — real-time information like traffic, parking, and fuel play a critical role in the entire driving experience,” said Bryan Mistele, INRIX CEO.
Contact us at Jordan Ford for the latest information about the all-new SYNC® 4 system. And in the meantime, stop by to experience Ford’s current infotainment system when you test-drive one of the models equipped with it.
The iconic Ford Mustang has been deeply entrenched in all aspects of pop culture — including music, movies, and television — since the model’s inception. Following the introduction of the brand-new, all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E, a Detroit-based musician was inspired to create an electronic dance track based on the supercar.
Thanks to a partnership between Ford’s sound design team and Ozone Sound, the Mustang Mach-E will feature a number of electronic oscillations that emit while driving. Matthew Dear, the founder of the EDM label Ghostly International and remix guru for artists like The Postal Service, was compelled to compose “New Breed” after listening to the 1980s sci-fi inspired Mustang Mach-E sounds.
The self-described “sound tinkerer” actually used the digital propulsion sounds engineered for the Mustang Mach-E coupled with synthesizers as the basis of his dance floor-ready song. “Creating ‘New Breed’ was a new experience and I think the song — like the car — takes its passengers on a voyage,” said Dear.
For those interested in hearing “New Breed,” this track — along with much of Matthew Dear’s other work — is available now on most streaming platforms. Ford also released a companion documentary about the making of “New Breed” that you can watch via YouTube.
Test-drive the Mach-E when it arrives at Jordan Ford soon. Until then, stop by to take one of the other new Ford models for a whirl.
Changing weather also means changing road conditions. As the leaves begin to change in places like Mishawaka, Indiana and around the country, these safety tips will protect you and your passengers on your travels.
One of the biggest road hazards in fall can be leaves falling off of trees. Wet roads can cause leaves to stick to the asphalt, which could cause your tires to slip. If you see a bunch of leaves stuck in one spot, slow down. Avoid swerving and making any sudden stops. These techniques will help prevent hydroplaning.
Fall also means the beginning of longer nights, which leads to more driving in the dark. Make sure your vehicle’s headlights and taillights are clean and functional, to ensure that you have maximum visibility for evening and early morning commutes.
Finally, autumn in Mishawaka means another set of road hazards in the form of tractors and combines. If you’re stuck behind one of these slow-moving machines, remain patient and only pass them when there’s no other traffic on the roads.
This summer, the 2020 Escape racked in two more accolades. It came in at number one in its segment in the J.D. Power 2020 APEAL Study and earned a deserving place on the Wards 10 Best User Experiences list.
The APEAL Study stands for The Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout Study. It’s a detailed study that uses 40 factors to determine a driver’s emotional attachment to their vehicles. In the 2020 Study the Escape came in fourth overall and was actually the best among compact SUV’s. The results of the study exemplify why the Escape is so popular among the population. An exciting driving experience is exactly why so many drivers choose it over the competition.
As if one award wasn’t enough for the Escape, it was also was able to claim fourth place on WardsAuto’s 2020 Best User Experiences list. The publication’s judges commended the Escape for its available 12.3-inch digital cluster display and SYNC® 3 infotainment setup. They praised the number of standard features offered on the brand’s Ford Co-Pilot360™ technology suite. In addition, Wards judges also lauded the model’s incorporation of blue ambient backlighting on the digital displays, as well as the easy-to-use smartphone pairing and voice commands.
Make the most of your morning and evening commutes by subscribing to some of the top podcasts around. Now easily accessible on a range of apps, podcasts are tailored to every audience. Whether you’re a sports fan, book worm, or news junkie, you can optimize your drive with these podcasts.
Even if you’re not the biggest sports fans, listeners around the globe tune in to The Fantasy Footballers every year, which is powered by the Fantasy Football Podcast. The hosts are passionate about fantasy football, but they’re not condescending or over the top. The episodes are an hour long, and they air at least two per week.
Looking for something more relaxing? Consider Dhamma Talks by Amaravati. This podcast teaches you to be present in the current moment, with information on Buddhist monastics. And you don’t need to be religious to enjoy the meditative atmosphere this podcast will create on your ride – even if you’re stuck in gridlock.
For an eclectic interview-format podcast, check out Fresh Air by National Public Radio. Terry Gross is one of the most well-known interviewers in the world and Fresh Air has been a mainstay of the podcast community since its inception. Gross is soothing yet always interesting, and she’s not afraid to pull the punches to question her interviewees directly.
Ford and TomTom recently joined forces by signing a multi-year contract. TomTom will provide some of the next-generation navigation features for the upcoming Ford models, particularly using SYNC® 4 in-vehicle infotainment technology. And you’ll be able to find TomTom technology starting with the 2021 model year.
Offered on the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E and the 2021 Ford F-150, this TomTom technology will provide information about traffic congestion, real-time updates, parking information (spots and pricing), nearby restaurants, and more. There’s easy-to-use natural speech recognition and over-the-air updates as well, so you’ll always have the latest information.
“Their next-generation SYNC technologies have twice the computing power of the previous-generation system to do much more, including real-time, smartphone-like mapping that can help you adjust on the fly to quicker routes based on their network of millions of connected devices,” said Stuart Taylor, executive director of Enterprise Connectivity.
In particular, the 2021 Mustang Mach-E comes with several exciting features to make the most of this new TomTom contract. This includes the all-new SYNC® 4A system, which comes with a special 15.5-inch screen, dash cards (as opposed to a traditional menu), and a Ford Intelligent Range feature to help you optimize range per charge.
Summer is all about soaking in the sun and getting away from the stress. If you need inspiration for some fun weekend getaways in Indiana, here are some of the best places to start.
Turtle Run Winery Tour
Take a tour of the 15 acres of vines at the Turtle Run Winery as you sip from a selection of 30 rich wines. Learn about the history of winemaking and viticulture from the winery’s owner, and you might even see some turtles, as the winery is named for its abundance of turtles.
Enjoy the seclusion of nature by staying at Serenity Springs, an 85-acre resort of log cabins in Michigan City. The peaceful destination is ideal for those looking to enjoy stunning natural landscapes and relax in private. Serenity Springs also offers a quick drive to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Washing Park, and the Lighthouse Place Outlet Mall if you want to explore Michigan City further.
Located just 90 miles northwest of Indianapolis, Williamsport is the home of the tallest free-falling waterfall in Indiana. For a refreshing yet active commune with nature, the Williamsport Falls Loop Hike consists of a 1.6-mile loop trail that will bring you to the waterfall plunging down from 90 feet.
Need more ideas to chase away summer boredom? Call us at Jordan Ford. We’ll be happy to share some of our other favorite sites and pasties in the Mishawaka area.
Ford revealed the next-generation 2021 F-150 on June 25, unveiling the truck’s new powertrain options. Like previous model years, the 14th generation of America’s bestselling pickup has its eyes set on outperforming the competitors in its segment with targeted best-in-class available towing, payload, torque, and horsepower.
With the new F-150, the powertrain lineup now includes a full hybrid engine as one of its six engine options. Most engines are making a return, such as the 3.3-liter V6, 2.7-liter turbocharged EcoBoost® V6, 5.0-liter Coyote V8, 3.0-liter Power Stroke® diesel, and the 3.5-liter EcoBoost®. Ford has not yet released horsepower and torque for the 2021 variants, but it is expected that the engines will have similar outputs to previous model years’ powertrains.
The highlight, however, is the new, class-exclusive 3.5-liter PowerBoost™ Full Hybrid V6 engine. Using a combination of gas and electric energy, this groundbreaking engine will provide the 2021 F-150 with unparalleled range and efficiency.
When it comes to the exterior, the 2021 Ford F-150 is also receiving a boost with fine-tuned details on its bumper, grille, and tailgates. To support the plug-in hybrid powertrain, the Ford 150 will also sit on a new frame. The interior dimensions remain relatively unchanged, but the new F-150 welcomes several upgrades with its technology.
Test-drive the 2021 Ford F-150 when it arrives on our lot at Jordan Ford later this year. Or stop by now, to test-drive the current F-150 models we have in stock.