Category Archives: Ford Fusion

Driverless Cars: Ford Autonomous Vehicle Technology

Ford now has the largest fleet of autonomous test vehicles in the industry, enabling it to better test the next generation of sensor technology. These fully autonomous vehicles mostly consist of modified Ford Fusion Hybrid Concepts, with a total of over 30 models in California, Arizona, and Michigan.

Ford Autonomous Vehicle Technology

Ford autonomous vehicle technology is leading the industry, but still has a ways to go before it is perfected, according to Ford. Aside from strict regulations, one of the largest areas of focus is sensor technology. Using Velodyne’s newest LiDAR sensor systems, called Solid-State Hybrid Ultra PUCK, this new sensory system can distinguish what is around the car for up to 200 meters and make decisions based on random scenarios.

“Using the most advanced technology and expanding our test fleet are clear signs of our commitment to make autonomous vehicles available for millions of people,” said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president, Global Product Development, and chief technical officer. “With more autonomous vehicles on the road, we are accelerating the development of software algorithms that serve to make our vehicles even smarter.”

Ford has been seriously investing in autonomous vehicle technologies for over a decade, introducing the second-generation of autonomous Fusion hybrid concepts in 2013. Now it is only a matter of time before Ford cars can drive themselves.

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Ford and Lincoln Report Positive Sales News for February

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Lincoln MKX

Despite having only 28 days, February proved to be a prosperous month for Ford’s iconic F-Series and for the Lincoln brand.

“Sales surged in the final week, providing us momentum after a slow start to the month,” said

John Felice, Ford vice president for U.S. marketing, sales and service. “Ford Fusion continued its strong retail sales performance in the West, outpacing the mid-size sedan segment. F-Series and Lincoln also continued to perform well.”

The F-Series has had a lock on America’s best-selling truck for the past 37 years, and America continues to recognize the brand’s ability to deliver capable trucks “Built Ford Tough.” Over 55,880 units were sold, the best February sales the F-Series has seen in eight years.

Likewise, Lincoln sales were impressive in February. The brand sold 36 percent more vehicles thanks, in large part, to the MKZ and MKX models. This is the fifth month in a row Lincoln has reported a sales increase, the fourth month with a double-digit rise.

We at Nick Nicholas Ford Lincoln love when we’re able to give our customers reports like this one. Let’s make March another great month!