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Ford To Invest $1.2B At Three Michigan Plants

DEARBORN — Ford Motor Co. says it will invest $1.2 billion at three Michigan plants, among other things, financing the return of the Ford Ranger midsized pickup and the Bronco midsized SUV.

The largest part of the investment, $850 million, will take place at the home of assembly of those two models, the Michgian Assembly Plant in Wayne.

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COMPES Sets Professional Development Conference May 20

SOUTHFIELD — The Coalition of Minority Professional Engineering Societieis will hold its annual COMPES Professional Development Conference Saturday, May 20 at Ford Motor Co.’s Powertrain Engineering, Driveline and Manufacturing building, 29500 Plymouth Road in Livonia.

The theme of this year’s event is “Self-Driven Success.”

The event is presented by COMPES, made up of the Society of Women Engineers, the National Society of Black Engineers, and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.

More information about COMPES’ members is available at https://nsbedetroitprofessionals.org, http://www.swedetroit.org, or http://region6.shpe.org/.

Ford Offers Peek At Transportation In ‘City of Tomorrow’

DETROIT — Ford Motor Co.’s press conference at Monday’s opening Press Preview Days at the North American International Auto Show here offered a peek at its newest cars, trucks and vans.

But it was a whole lot more.

Executive chairman Bill Ford, CEO Mark Fields, and veteran journalist and public policy analyst Walter Isaacson gave a peek at the City of Tomorrow, which also happens to be the title of a daylong seminar Ford is co-hosting Monday in Detroit.

The event is an outgrowth of the Ford Smart Mobility initiative, which has Ford moving from merely an automotive producer to a provider of mobility products and services of all kinds, from car sharing to mass transportation.

Ford is sponsoring City of Tomorrow with The New York Times, TED, the nonprofit that sponsors seminars on arts, culture, and the economy, and Vice, a print magazine and website focused on the arts, culture, and news.

Bill Ford said the automaker is interested in the broader topic of mobility becuase of the challenges of pollution, climate change and urban gridlock, which will hamper economic growth — and therefore auto sales, but also the quality of human life. “We need the world’s best entrepreneurs” tackling these topics, he said, not just automakers. “There is no silver bullet, one size does not fit all.”


Ford’s press conference was held in a practically unrecognizable Joe Louis Arena, half of which was curtained off. The ice surface was covered in carpet, with big overstuffed leather chairs for Ford executives and VIPs and desks and chairs for the assembled crowd. A curtain blocked off half the arena, to which was attached a giant screen bearing perhaps the biggest Ford blue oval ever projected — at least 100 feet wide. The general public sat in the hockey arena’s upper deck. Perhaps 5,000 people attended.


During the car and truck part of the event, Ford executives rolled out a slightly redesigned Ford F150 pickup, America’s best-selling vehicle. They also announced the return of a midsized truck, bringing back the Ford Ranger nameplate in 2019. (The modernized Ranger is already the best-selling midsized truck in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, but for reasons unknown, Ford hasn’t sold it in the United States until now.) Ford also announced it’s bringing back a midsized four-wheel-drive vehicle with serious off-road capability under the Ford Bronco nameplate in 2020. Both the Ranger and Bronco will be assembled at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, good news for Ford’s Michigan work force and the state’s economy.

Ford also announced it would roll out 13 new electrified vehicles in the next five years, including a hybrid F150 and Mustang, two new hybrid police cars, a Transit Custom plug-in hybrid van, an all-electric small sport utility vehicle with a 300-mile range, and, by 2021, a fully autonomous electric vehicle.


The company is also piloting wireless charging of EVs.

Ford officials noted that 90 percent of all traffic crashes in the U.S. are caused by driver error, and that vehicle autonomy will go a long way to reducing that figure. Ford also said that autonomous vehicles will bring mobility to the elderly and people with disabilities.

On the environmental front, Bill Ford said it was the company’s goal to produce cars with net zero carbon emissions, zero waste to landfills, zero net water use, and zero use of conflict minerals.

Ford Rolls Out New In-Car Tech At CES

LAS VEGAS — Surfing the web and streaming music and movies on the road is about to get easier, as Ford adds WiFi hotspot capability on some of its cars and trucks starting this fall.

The enhancement to Ford Sync Connect was one of several automotive infotainment advances announced at the International CES, formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show, being held this week in Las Vegas.

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Ford Debuts Fusion Hybrid Autonomous Development Vehicle

Ford Debuts Fusion Hybrid Autonomous Development Vehicle

DEARBORN — Ford Motor Co. has introduced its next-generation Fusion Hybrid autonomous development vehicle. The new vehicle uses the current Ford autonomous vehicle platform, but ups the processing power with new computer hardware.

The company says electrical controls are closer to production-ready, and adjustments to the sensor technology, including placement, allow the car to better see what’s around it. New LiDAR (laser-based radar) sensors have a sleeker design and more targeted field of vision, which enables the car to now use just two sensors rather than four, while still getting just as much data.

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Ford Tops Auto Industry for U.S. Patents Granted in 2016

DEARBORN — Ford Motor Co. said Friday that it leads the auto industry with nearly 1,500 United States patents granted to its employees in 2016.

The total stood at 1,442 as of Dec. 8. The automaker said that’s a 25 percent increase from its 2015 patent output. Worldwide, Ford’s 2016 patent total has reached 3,200.

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Ford Exec To Keynote Clean Energy Industry Gala

LANSING — The Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council announced that John J. Viera, global director of sustainability and vehicle environmental matters at Ford Motor Co., will give the keynote address at the fourth Annual Michigan Energy Innovators Gala, scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 10 in East Lansing.

The gala will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center on the campus of Michigan State University, 219 S. Harrison Road in East Lansing. Tickets are $150 for EIBC members and $185 for non-members. For tickets, visit this link.

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Ford Releases Tool For In-Car App Developers

DEARBORN — Ford Motor Co. Friday announced the release of a free tool the company says will make it easier for smartphone app developers to build in-car apps compatible with the company’s Sync 3 communications and entertainment system.

Downloadable from the Ford Developer Program website, SYNC 3 AppLink Emulator is a software program that helps developers create AppLink-enabled apps by allowing them to test how their app will look and work on a SYNC 3 interface – without access to an actual vehicle.

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Ford sponsors summer engineering program for girls at Michigan Tech

HOUGHTON — This July, Michigan Technological University’s Summer Youth Programs (SYP) will host 24 exceptional middle school students from five Midwestern states.

Ten of them have won a new, competitive scholarship called Junior Women in Engineering, funded by $10,000 from the Ford Motor Company.

The weeklong program will take place on the Michigan Tech campus in Houghton, July 24 – 30.

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Ford, Techstars Pick 12 Mobility Startups

DEARBORN — Ford Motor Co. and the startup accelerator Techstars have announced their newest class of startup companies that will work this summer from offices at Ford Field in Detroit on new mobility products and services.

The 2016 cohort was selected from nearly 500 applications from 52 countries from every continent except Antarctica. Applications were up 27 percent from last year.

The 12 companies will participate in a three-month mentorship program, accelerating their businesses and partnerships across the automotive industry, and receive $120,000 in funding.

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