Ford is using the latest research from St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University to advance Ford wireless technology in future vehicles. The large-scale research project, performed jointly by Ford and St. Petersburg, was aimed at improving vehicle technologies and utilized the university’s expertise in space robot communications. Ford has filed several patents based on the results of the research that will help to develop the technology in connected cars.
The research project developed a prototype for a data communication system that collected data from moving vehicles “using a variety of capabilities for a connection to the cloud—cellular, Wi-Fi, and communication with other vehicles.” Researches used an algorithm to select the most viable type of connection and plotted the degrees of connectivity on a map. From here they sent information about road emergencies to drivers in areas where connection was shoddy.
In the future they hope to develop a map that will be constantly updated with current connectivity and will “act as a database for smart roads and smart city projects.”
When it comes to American pickup trucks, the Ford F-150 and Chevy Silverado are longtime rivals. Beyond brand loyalty, it can be difficult to decide which is the better truck for you, so we’ve compared the two side by side.
Engine and Performance
The Ford F-150 is the clear winner when it comes to the engine and performance. The F-150’s EcoBoost V6 engine is more powerful than the Silverado’s engine in terms of horsepower and torque and it gets better gas mileage.
Interior and Technology
The F-150 also wins in the technology category, as it has more features and innovations than the Silverado. The Silverado has a larger and slightly quieter interior, giving it some points over the F-150, but the abundant amenities of the F-150 make it at least equally as comfortable as the Silverado.
Winning almost every category you can compare them in, the Ford F-150 is our pick for the superior truck, and it’s no surprise, since the Ford F-150 has been America’s favorite truck for decades and is the best-selling truck of all time. While the Silverado sells for slightly less, you get more bang for your buck with the abundant amenities and superior performance of the F-150.
The all-new 2015 Ford F-150 has just been honored with the Altair Enlighten Award. This award, given out by the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), recognizes vehicles that use lightweight materials to minimize their weight.
Ford engineers were able to shed 700 pounds off the curb weight of the F-150 by using lightweight, military-grade aluminum in the body along with high-strength steel in the frame.
“We are excited to present Ford with the 2015 Altair Enlighten Award,” said Dave Mason, Vice President of Global Automotive at Altair, in a statement. “The judges recognized Ford’s best-in-class innovation with the company’s approach to weight reduction by incorporating advanced materials and design technologies for the F-150.”
While you might think a lighter truck would be less powerful or even less safe, the 2015 F-150 boasts best-in-class towing, payload, and EPA-estimated fuel efficiency. It has also earned a five-star overall crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for all cab configurations.
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