If you’ve ever struggled to park your vehicle before a fun outing in the city, you know how much of a hassle it can be. Fortunately, help just might be on the way. In a recent automated valet parking collaboration with two other companies, Ford showed how it’s working to make these kinds of headaches a thing of the past.
Ford teamed up with Bosch and Bedrock to display this new system in Detroit. The trial took place at Bedrock’s Assembly Garage, which was equipped with Bosch’s smart infrastructure tech. Ford contributed a specially equipped Escape SUV outfitted with vehicle-to-infrastructure, or V2I, communication capabilities.
To use this automated valet parking system, a driver simply drives the Escape to a marked spot in the garage. After exiting the vehicle, they use an app to automatically send the Escape to a parking space. Along the way, sensors placed throughout the garage steer the vehicle in the right direction — or stop it if a pedestrian or another vehicle gets in the way. This process is also used to retrieve the vehicle from its spot.
Ford noted that this system could eventually help garages use their space more efficiently — and help drivers save time and effort.
While V2I isn’t quite ready for production yet, it’s far from the only technology that Ford has developed to make your driving life easier. The Escape is currently available with Active Park Assist 2.0, a handy system that automatically steers the vehicle in and out of spaces for you.
To learn more about the Escape, Active Park Assist 2.0, and other great Ford offerings, stop in for a visit at Shults Ford of Harmarville in Pittsburgh.
What happens when you cross two American icons with one American dream? You get the Coca-Cola Journey. This September, Ford teamed up with Coca-Cola to take an all-American cross-country road trip. A customized 2017 Ford Escape compact SUV was decked out in classic Coke red, a special hashtag and, of course, a custom cooler for bottles of Coke in the rear cargo area.
Coca-Cola’s cross-country trip started at the Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta. Members of the Coca-Cola Journey team loaded into the 2017 Ford Escape and a matching motorhome that housed them along their way. The crew departed on September 13th with plans to arrive in Los Angeles on October 5th. Throughout their trip, they covered roughly 4,000 miles of America, making over 20 stops along the way in cities like Chicago, Dallas, Denver and Santa Fe.
Team members worked to document their trip using the hashtag #JourneyXJourney. This hashtag allowed them to connect with consumers on different social media platforms, while their presence in each city let them reach out to consumers one-on-one in person. Coca-Cola’s cross-country road trip team worked to capture their stories along the way, and to reconnect with the Coca-Cola brand’s deep ties to American culture across the country.
We at Shults Ford of Harmarville know how important it is to stay connected when on the road. Technology can be used for navigation assistance, hands-free calling, and many other convenient features.
Ford has recently announced the first Ford vehicle with Apple CarPlay, the iPhone-connected CarPlay system. This vehicle will be the 2017 Ford Escape, which goes on sale this May. We have known since January that Ford was working on this connective technology, but now we have a first official release vehicle.
Ford stated that this technology will make the ownership experience easier, through features such as remote door lock and remote start. These vehicle features are available with the new FordPass platform. The Escape will also be the first vehicle to offer SYNC3, which features both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The SYNC Connect option will also help with “driver-assist” technology, such as parking, and lane control. With CarPlay, drivers with iPhones can use iOS features through the dashboard display.
If you recently bought a Ford though, do not worry. Several of the 2016 models will be able to update the technology to use CarPlay through an upcoming software update.
If you are interested to see all the great connected options found on Ford vehicles, stop by Shults Ford of Harmarville!
In a Polk study evaluating which vehicles 19.3 million U.S. military families own, three Ford models stood out among the top 10. We at Shults Ford of Harmarville couldn’t be more proud to have so many Ford models owned by households with an active, veteran, or retired member of the military.
The always-popular Ford F-150 topped the list of best-selling vehicles among military families. The Ford Escape was the highest ranking utility vehicle on the list, sitting at the number three spot. The Ford Focus sedan placed number nine on the list, rounding out the automaker’s diverse list of vehicles driven by American military families.
Seeing Ford models throughout the top 10 list is a humbling reality. It means the men and women who are willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom are willing to trust us with their lives and the lives of their families. That is a responsibility we don’t take lightly, and we know the folks at Ford Motor Company don’t either. Over 5,900 employees are either actively serving or have previously served in the military.
“Military families, in particular, desire the efficiency, capability and smart technology Ford vehicles offer,” said Jim Farley, Ford’s executive vice president of Global Marketing, Sales, Service.
“Ford has a long history of supporting active-duty military personnel and veterans, and it is an honor American military families buy Ford more than any other brand.”
At the halfway point in November, there are a number of things we can come to expect in the remaining month and a half of 2013: the Steelers resurgence, great food and bad traffic around Thanksgiving, the annual dose of gift-giving anxiety, and year-end best-of lists. Yet even with a little over a month to go for the year, you can pretty much call the race for best-selling car over, according to Forbes. The winner, however, is not a car; it’s the Ford F-150.
Ford’s flagship truck topped Forbes’ recent top ten list thanks in large part to an auto industry boom that has analysts predicting the best year for all things four-wheeled since 2006. Much of this surge is attributed to the emergent housing market, which means that so many of America’s hardest-working men and women have leaned on the talents of Ford’s F-Series to help them get the job done.
Fending off the advances of redesigned competitor trucks and putting a greater emphasis on tech and fuel efficiency without sacrificing requisite power, Ford’s F-Series has moved 623,309 units through October. This amounts to a 19.8% year-over-year increase and a comfortable lead over the second-place vehicle.
Ironically enough, only half of Forbes’ ten best-selling cars for 2013 are truly cars: three are trucks and two are compact crossovers. Rounding out the top ten is the Ford Escape, whose 2014 redesign has made it a hit with drivers across North America and helped it gain substantial ground on the segment-leading CR-V in sales, ensuring a fight to the finish line. The hot-selling 2014 Ford Fusion, Focus, and Explorer also find themselves among the top 20, reaffirming Ford’s dominance across all segments.
Remember that holiday shopping anxiety we mentioned before? If you want to allay those fears, consider getting the one you love behind the wheel of the best-selling car/truck/vehicle/super-tough-all-purpose-transportation-monster in America. It probably won’t fit under the tree too well, but it’d look a sight better than a Snuggie. Stop in and see us at Shults Ford today and make those spirits bright.