The Lincoln Lane Keeping System
Jan16

The Lincoln Lane Keeping System

The engineers at Lincoln have developed some very advanced automotive technology with one goal in mind: your safety. In this article we will look at the Lincoln Lane Keeping System which is a combination of three interacting technologies: the Driver Alert System, Lane Keeping Alert and Lane Keeping Aid. Let’s take a look at all three and see how they work together.

Driver Alert System

This system is basically a “drowsiness detector” and senses if a driver drifts out of their lane when driving. The way it works is that a small forward-facing camera mounted behind the rearview mirror senses the position of lane marking on the road and looks for slow drift. If the system detects drift that fits the pattern of driver drowsiness, a small red coffee cup icon illuminates on the dash and a first-level chime will sound. This is a gentle indicator to alert the driver that it might be a good idea to pull over and take a break from driving. If the driver continues to drive and still seems fatigued, then another warming chime is issued. A life saver? According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, more than 40 percent of Americans say they have fallen asleep or nodded off while driving at some point.

Lincoln Lane Keeping System

Lane Keeping Alert

The Lane Keeping Alert is designed to help drivers avoid unintentional lane changes. When the system detects the vehicle drifting close to lane markings, it will alert the driver through a vibration in the steering wheel to naturally grab the driver’s attention. This vibration can be compared to the feeling that one feels when an automobile runs over highway “rumble strips”. This allows the driver time to react and steer the vehicle back into its lane. To calculate the lane position, the Lane Keeping Alert uses data from the front camera on the windshield in addition. A display in the dashboard instrument cluster lets the driver know when the system is operational as not all roads are well-marked and they system essentially pauses detection when this occurs.

Lane Keeping Aid

The Lincoln Lane Keeping Aid technology takes this previous two technologies even further by providing steering assist to alert the driver of the need to steer back toward the center of the lane. Essentially the car gives the driver an assist to steer back to where it should be. The system calculates the amount of steering required based on factors such as the distance to the lane markings, yaw angle and curve radius determined from the front camera and other sensors in the vehicle.

Lincoln Lane Keeping

Settings

The sensitivity of the three system settings can be adjusted between normal and increased, which moves the warning zones in closer to the center of the lane. The intensity of the steering wheel vibrations can be adjusted as well between low, medium and high. The last-known setting for each selection is stored so it does not have to be set each time the system is activated.

Care to try out the fascinating Lincoln Lane Keeping System? You can find a Lincoln Dealer in the Philadelphia area by clicking the link and elsewhere in the country by visiting the Lincoln factory website.

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Gaming in a Ford Edge
Nov09

Gaming in a Ford Edge

Hurricane Sandy has absolutely been destroying New York and New Jersey and leaving countless people without power.  Luckily, there is support available to those who need it, with generators, food, housing, and all the necessities.  However, what about those non-necessities, and those hobbies that spawn out of boredom?  Plan on getting some dirty looks if you intend to hook your Xbox 360 up to a generator in a shelter.  If only there was another way?

One crafty individual hooked their Xbox 360 up to the display and power system of their Ford Edge SUV.  This allowed for some privacy, get some game time in, and escape the reality of no power, at least for a little while.  Now, not sure how long this will hold out once they realize there is a fuel shortage.

Playing 360 In Ford edge

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Sedans With Power – The 2013 Ford Taurus
Nov01

Sedans With Power – The 2013 Ford Taurus

Each week will be highlighting a new Sedan that we have test driven, this week the 2013 Ford Taurus impressed us with the power it possessed. If you are a driver who likes to feel their head slap the head rest whenever you push the pedal, then read on!

The 2013 Ford Taurus SHO offers drivers a remarkable 365 horsepower engine, which is ironically an Ecoboost TwinTurbo. Now if you know about the other engines that come with the 2013 Taurus already, then you may know that there is another, much smaller 2.0 EcoBoost, which is a much wimpier 4-cylinder.  This is the engine that represents a distant cousin that nobody talks to at family gatherings. The V6 EcoBoost pushes out 350 pound-feet of torque at just 1500 RPMs . That’s a lot of torque for a so called family sedan.

Although the engine is something to praise about, a lot of others have made comments that they didn’t really have much fun driving the vehicle. Yes the power was great, but they weren’t too happy with how the vehicle handled, and turned. They had hoped to be able to feel more of the vehicle’s handling. Three words, ALL WHEEL DRIVE. AWD is a standard feature with the SHO. For many, having this will outweigh the minor lack of feel when steering.

Just by looking at the new 2013 Taurus you can tell it’s hiding something under that hood that could do some damage. It has a whole new presence, its muscular, its bold, and of course it’s “Built Ford Tough”. When a sedan shares the same engine as a F-150 and Explorer you kind of need to step back, and just go…WOAH!

When we took the Taurus SHO for a spin at Tindol Ford in North Carolina, we felt the Taurus accelerate underneath us, the power of the sedan radiates from the front. It is a relatively quiet ride, even with such a ravenous engine. The interior is quite large, comfortable, and the headrest offers good support to eliminate any whiplash when punching it. Now this isn’t your fuel friendly sedan you see cruising around your neighborhood. Even still we were able to get about 20 miles per gallon when pushing it hard down two lanes of freeway. Of course obeying the speed limits – the best we could.

Quick conclusion: The 2013 Taurus SHO might not be the best choice for those who want to feel the road beneath them, whenever they steer into those winding turns, but it is best suited for those that want to have that punch on the highway. Having a large V6 engine, with EcoBoost technology and standard AWD, lets just say…it had us at hello.

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Ford Car Sold For $11 Million
Aug20

Ford Car Sold For $11 Million

Who knew that Ford made a car, ever, that would be worth $11 million?  On Friday, the 17th, at a Pebble Beach auction, a 1968 Ford GT40 sold for a whopping $11 million.  It’s not just the GT40’s rarity that makes this car special, it also comes with a pretty cool life story.

The GT40 sold was actually 1 of only 2 left in existence, but also shows off some Hollywood cred.  Accomplished race car and a film car driven by Steve McQueen in the movie LeMans.  Although heavily modified for filming, the GT40 has been restored and is ripe for collector picking.

The GT40 is born of competition and a need to surpass the leaders of the pack.  Did you know that Ford researched, designed, and built the GT40 with the express goal to beat Ferrari  on the world endurance racing circuit.  That’s it, purpose built to win, in spite of a failed business dealing between Henry Ford II and Enzo Ferrari.

Sources: LA Times Article about the Pebble Beach Auction

GT40 Pictures

 

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2013 Mustang Sneak Peek
Feb24

2013 Mustang Sneak Peek

Ford Motor Company has announced that they are offering a special sneak peek at the 2013 Mustang via Google Hangouts.  If you are not interested being the first to see the advertising trailer for the new Mustang, then you will have to wait for the nationally televised ad, aired during the Daytona 500.  Google Hangout is a feature of Google+, which allows people to virtually hangout via webcams and chat windows.  In this case it would be like listening into a conference call where the commercial is aired to board members.

Interesting because the technology is new, not so interesting because you are going out of your way to see an advertisement.  Either way, Ford is claiming the commercial builds on the success of the ‘Customize Your Ride’ commercials, which in my opinion is junk.  I mean, it’s a selling point that you can get stickers on your Mustang from the factory?  It looks like Ford is advertising a premium vehicle the same way Scions are sold.

What can the Mustang Customizer allow you to do, besides tack on stickers?

Mustang Customizer allows users to:

  • Build the Mustang V6, GT, Boss 302 or GT500 of their dreams by choosing from custom colors, trims, wheels and decals. The site offers a printable parts list that can be taken to a dealer
  • Battle their Mustang against others on the Customizer Battle page
  • Share their results with their friends via Facebook

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2012 Boss 302
Aug30

2012 Boss 302

2012 Boss 302 Interior Gauges

2012 Boss 302 Gauges

[ad#Top of Post Left]What I love most about the Ford Mustang is it’s versatility!  On one platform it’s possible to reach the budget, look, and feel of almost everyone.  Not a fan of huge motors and big power, yet love the style of the 2010 and newer Mustang, no problem buy the very capable V6.  Love meaty, pavement wrecking torque, yet living on a normal persons budget, go for the standard GT.  However, for those in the know, who want to grab the reigns of a truly demonic force, the Shelby GT500 is ready and waiting.  These are just a few of the many different versions available on the Mustang platform and the new 2012 Boss 302 will be another contender.

2012 Boss 302 Engine

2012 Boss 302 Engine

The 2012 Boss 302 was built with a purpose, to create power, transfer that power to the road, and make your heart skip a beat.  Complaints about the Boss 302 is it’s ride quality, suspension setup, and even racing seats.  Were these people looking for luxury or were they looking for the greatest Iron American can produce?

Blue 2012 BOSS 302

Blue 2012 Boss 302

This all new Boss provides a whopping 444 horsepower from just 5 liters of American made metal.  The extra umph from the 302 comes via a new exhaust system, with 4 outlets.  Like the side exit exhaust, cool, dig the rear exit pipes, awesome, with the 2012 Boss 302 you get both.  What does that translate into on the track?  How about 0-60 in 4.3 seconds and quarter mile lap time of just 12.3 seconds.

2012 Boss 302 Seats

2012 Boss 302 Seats

Short throws, stiff clutch, and adjustable electronic steering makes the Boss 302 a purposeful beast.  A beast that isn’t interested in where you are going, rather focused on how it can get you there in the least time possible.  A car built around the idea that intimidation reigns supreme on the highways and that the best way to intimidate is through throaty vocals at 2400 rpm.  The person willing to throw down $40k + on this car is not concerned with it’s simple interior or non-telescoping steering wheel.  They are only interested in how bad ass it is to push the gas pedal to the floor and hold on for dear life.

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