Ford Helps The LAPD Track Cop Cars In Real-Time

Pull up a chair, good citizen, because I’ve got a story about law enforcement and surveillance that you’re actually going to like. The Los Angeles Police Department is now using a new telematics system in 50 of its Ford Police Interceptors. In other words, the watchmen are being watched — in real-time.

Ford's Adding Another Self-Driving Feature To Its Cars Next Year

There’s a lot of debate over when — and whether — self-driving cars will hit the road. Elon Musk says six years. Volvo says three. However, some of the features of self-driving cars are already in action. And with Ford’s announcement that its sedans will sport pedestrian detection technology starting next year, there are about to be a lot more cars sporting autonomous tech.

Ford Sync AppLink Brings Safe Driving And Your Smartphone Together

A big problem with drivers on the road in Australia, at least in my own anecdotal experience, is everyone sneakily looking down at their smartphones when they’re driving and tapping away. They’re usually changing tracks on Spotify, choosing new podcasts, or checking the quickest directions to their lunchtime date. If you buy a new Ford, though, some of your (iOS and Android) smartphone apps will work with steering wheel controls, and let you keep your eyes on the road.

The Ford 24.7 Concept Car Predicted Apps Years Before Smartphones

Take a look at that dashboard: It’s clearly presenting the driver with a selection of apps, each with a simple, readable icon. This isn’t some 2015 future-mobile, though. It’s the Ford 24.7 concept, a design exercise from January 2000 — seven years before the world came to know the concept of “apps”.

Ford's Smart And Safe MyKey Is Coming To More Cars In 2015

Ford is making it easier for you to make your car safer when you lend it out to your P-plater teenage child for the night. The car maker’s smart MyKey system has been tweaked and improved after a local survey of teenage drivers and their parents, adding more features and more adjustability into an already useful safety setup.

Ford Puts Voice-Activated IFTTT In Your Dashboard

IFTTT is a simple yet powerful way to put your digital stuff to work making your life easier, automatically. Now, thanks to a collaboration with Automatic, drivers of some 2011 or newer Ford vehicles can summon IFTTT with the push of a steering-wheel button.

Remembering Car Design's Golden Age Through The Eyes Of Its Designers

American car design reached its experimental, optimistic zenith in the post-WWII era. Yet for every car built, hundreds of sketches and concepts were destroyed, the designers who penned them working in corporate anonymity. This new documentary works to bring these ageing designers and their beautiful concept work back into the spotlight.

Scaling Everest: How Ford Designed Its Futuristic SUV Concept

Here’s something that might surprise you: if a car company announces a concept car or even a production model tomorrow, it’s a fair bet that the vehicle has been in production for at least two calendar years before it rolls out onto the floor of some international motor show. And yet, car companies manage to produce incredibly forward-thinking, futuristic designs that continue to knock our socks off. One such beauty is the gorgeous Everest Concept: Ford’s idea of how the future of four-wheel drives and SUVs bearing the blue oval should look. Birthing a concept is no easy task. Here’s Ford scaled its Everest.

I Almost Wept In Ford Australia's New, High-Tech Visualisation Lab

Three of the smartest people I’ve ever met just went from ecstatic genius-mode into sombre, contemplative silence. It’s not because someone just dropped one of the most advanced motion-capture gadgets Ford has ever created, but because of a question I asked about the art on the wall. “Well, that’s a special story,” a boffin explains to me.

Ford Is Bringing Its SYNC2 System To Australia

Ford’s SYNC in-car entertainment platform has been looking a little long in the tooth of late. With tiny non-touch screens and a fairly rudimentary voice system by 2014 standards, it’s certainly in need of a spruce. Thankfully, Ford’s SYNC2 system is coming to Australia on a fast-track.