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.
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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.
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