At first, it seemed to be a quirky prank — a man was driving around town dressed up like a car seat and convincing people his car had no one at the wheel. Then we learned that it was all a shadowy research project by Virginia Tech. And now we know that Ford was behind the whole thing and it's all for science.
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Video: Over the weekend, we put together a very unscientific test to see whether a car could beat a plane in a race from Sydney to Canberra. Here's how our challenge went.
Between 2011 and 2016, around 70,000 Ford Fiesta, Focus and EcoSport vehicles sold in Australia were fitted with the company's PowerShift dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Dual-cluch 'boxes are meant to provide faster, smoother shifts than traditional automatics, but the ACCC says that nearly half of all Aussie cars have needed at least one significant transmission repair — and it's taking Ford to court for it.
Video: The emergency services have by far the toughest job on our roads: they need to navigate through a minefield of traffic, at speed — and that's before they get to the scene of whatever accident they're attending. New Ford tech helps regular drivers know when a police car, ambulance or fire engine is coming up behind them, so they can pull over more quickly and safely and help save lives.
Sometimes my mates and I play a little game. From a theoretical pile of cash — of course it's theoretical, I'm never going to have half a million bucks — pick a couple of cars within a certain set of criteria. Today's rules? A maximum of three cars, $500K, anything you don't spend is wasted. What would you buy?
Ford's tiny little powerhouse EcoBoost 1.0-lire — the engine that's in the cute little Fiesta — is an engineering marvel. It's only 92kW soaking wet, but it packs in a bunch of Ford's latest tech — and that's why it's just won the top gong at The 2017 International Engine of the Year awards for the sub-litre class.
Much haterade has been spilled about the new Ford GT. It should have had a V8! The application process was insane! It doesn't have enough horsepower! Enough is enough: one man who was lucky enough buy a new GT is here to say just drive the car first, because it's one of the best cars he's ever driven.
Ford doesn't sell self-driving cars - yet. But some of the associated technology has begun to creep into its commercially available vehicles. Its latest premium SUV, the Ford Escape Titanium, boasts automated brakes that kick in without any input from the driver when it senses an incoming collision. Terrifyingly, we got behind the wheel to test out this feature for ourselves. Here is the video.
Argo AI is the focus of a one billion investment over the next five years from Ford, in a bid to collaborate on the car maker's autonomous vehicle offering.
The artificial intelligence company is founded by the former leaders of the self-driving car teams of Google and Uber, and will include roboticists and engineers developing a new software platform (with potential for licensing) for Ford's fully autonomous vehicle, coming in 2021.
For every car that exists, there's a shotgun blast of marketing hype to make it sound like the greatest thing since sliced bread. When you try to chuck that nonsense across cultures and languages with an instrument as imprecise as Google Translate, hilarity ensues. Actually, you might call it poetry, and the new Ford Raptor proves it.
The new Ford Mustang is a very popular car with Autralian buyers — as well as being a beautiful car, it's also the natural spiritual successor to Ford's own outgoing Falcon, the tyre-shredding rear-wheel drive manual V8 that Australia grew to love over its four decades of history. The Mustang, though, has just had a mediocre two-star safety rating handed down to it by Australia's crash testing body ANCAP.