New Ford Fusion offers stop-and-go tech to relieve stressful travel

Commuters, rejoice! Ford is introducing a new driver-assist technology that will make your morning drive a lot less stressful. Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go technology – designed to take the edge off driving in heavy traffic – is available in the 2017 Ford Fusion.

The semi-autonomous technology makes use of a sophisticated radar-and-camera based system to accelerate and break for the driver – all while maintaining a safe following distance from the vehicle ahead, bringing the car to a complete stop when traffic freezes.

Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go is just one of 20 driver-assist options for the new 2017 Ford Fusion available this spring.

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TAKE POTHOLES HEAD-ON WITH NEW FORD SHOCK ABSORBER SYSTEM

You know that feeling of driving down a pothole-riddled road? The jarring jumps that hit you as you hit bump after bump after bump? Potholes don’t just hurt our cars. They can hurt us too, as the constant jarring can take a toll on our necks and back.

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That’s why Ford engineers have created a new advanced computer-controlled shock absorber system for the all-new 2017 Fusion V6 Sport. This technology detects potholes and “catches” the car’s wheel before it has a chance to drop into the gap*.

Have you checked out Ford’s new shock absorber system in action? Those ping-pong balls aren’t the only things to avoid getting crushed. Your wallet will avoid a crushing too.

*Ford blog: https://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/news/2016/02/18/all-new-ford-fusion-v6-sport-helps-protect-against-potholes.html

#FordFarmtoCar: Vegetables?! You won’t believe what Ford uses to build its cars!

Coconut, corn, tomatoes, bamboo, and soy: the ingredients of a tasty-sounding salad? Perhaps, but take their inedible by-products from the kitchen into the engineering lab, and you’ve also got the biomaterial ingredients destined for a second life in Ford vehicles. Think of it as our very own sustainability salad!

When we’re talking about a commitment to sustainability, Ford truly puts its money where its mouth is. This isn’t a new phenomenon for us either—in a longstanding effort to be an automotive leader in the sustainability, Ford is already using soy foam seats and plastics reinforced by rice hulls, wheat straw, and cellulose (a natural polymer and important component of wood). And we’re going to keep innovating, so that in the future you might even find tomato skins, corn or algae in your Ford vehicle.

Sustainable biomaterials can already be found across 15 vehicle lines, including the Ford Escape (as seen in the video above).

Our investment in green solutions continues to grow on a global scale, because at Ford, using plant-based materials that would otherwise go to waste is a central part of our corporate sustainability strategy. We’re focused on the use of recyclable and renewable materials in all of our vehicles.

So, how do we take the ingredients we mentioned above and use them to create a #FordFarmtoCar sustainability salad? You may find the answer slightly soy-prising!

Sitting on Soy

 

header990x660_FordtoFarm_soybeans2-768x512Since 2011 we’ve served up a side of sustainability with comfort. That’s because all Ford vehicles built in North America since then have soy foam in their seat cushions and backs. To put that into perspective, Ford has helped to save an estimated 2.3 million kilograms of petroleum per year. Additionally, 85 per cent of Ford headrests produced in North America (not to mention the headliner on the Ford Escape) use soy foam as well.

Coco-nuts about trunk mats

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Coconut coir, made from the fruit’s husks, is used in the trunk mats of some vehicles, including the Ford Focus Electric.

Playing ketch-up with by-products

Ford is also collaborating with the H.J. Heinz Company to explore using an inedible tomato fibre (a slightly less burger-and-fry-friendly by-product of ketchup production), to develop a more sustainable bio-plastic material for our vehicles. Ford researchers are testing the material’s durability for potential use in vehicle wiring brackets and storage bins.

Modern Day Alchemy: The Art of Turning Tomatoes Into Cars

Modern Day Alchemy: The Art of Turning Tomatoes Into Cars

From sea to seat

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Algae—good for more than just loofa sponges—is yet another promising biomaterial that Ford hopes to repurpose as seat foam. It grows quickly, replicating up to four times per hour, and has a high per acre yield when compared to other crops.

The future of innovation at Ford—it’s about sustainable, green solutions from some very unexpected sources!

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