Ford First Automaker to Test Autonomous Vehicle at Mcity, University of Michigan’s Simulated Urban Environment
- Ford is the first automaker to test an autonomous vehicle at Mcity, part of the University of Michigan, and the world’s first full-scale simulated real-world urban environment designed to test connected and automated vehicles in an effort to accelerate development time
- Ford has been testing autonomous vehicles for more than 10 years, and offers a broad portfolio of available semi-autonomous technologies on vehicles globally – designed to make customers’ daily drives more convenient
- Ford expanding testing of its Fusion Hybrid Autonomous Research Vehicle, putting cameras, radar, LiDAR sensors and real-time 3D mapping technology through the paces on diversity of roads and realistic neighborhoods of Mcity
- Autonomous vehicles are a key part of Ford Smart Mobility – the company’s plan to deliver the next level in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience and big data, while making millions of people’s lives better
DEARBORN, Mich. Nov. 16, 2015 – Ford is the first automaker to test autonomous vehicles at Mcity – the full-scale simulated real-world urban environment at the University of Michigan. The 32-acre facility is part of the university’s Mobility Transformation Center.
“Testing Ford’s autonomous vehicle fleet at Mcity provides another challenging, yet safe, urban environment to repeatedly check and hone these new technologies,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “This is an important step in making millions of people’s lives better and improving their mobility.”
Ford has been testing autonomous vehicles for more than 10 years and is now expanding testing on the diversity of roads and realistic neighborhoods of Mcity near the North Campus Research Complex to accelerate research of advanced sensing technologies.
Ford Fusion Hybrid Autonomous Research Vehicle merges today’s driver-assist technologies, such as front-facing cameras, radar and ultrasonic sensors, and adds four LiDAR sensors to generate a real-time 3D map of the vehicle’s surrounding environment – essential for dynamic performance.
Real-world testing in a whole new way
Mcity opened in July. The full-scale urban environment provides real-world road scenarios – such as running a red light – that can’t be replicated on public roads. Click here to see the Fusion Hybrid Autonomous Research Vehicle testing at Mcity.
There are street lights, crosswalks, lane delineators, curb cuts, bike lanes, trees, hydrants, sidewalks, signs, traffic control devices – even construction barriers. Here, Ford Fusion Hybrid Autonomous Research Vehicle is tested over a range of surfaces – concrete, asphalt, simulated brick and dirt – and maneuvers two-, three- and four-lane roads, as well as ramps, roundabouts and tunnels.
“The goal of Mcity is that we get a scaling factor. Every mile driven there can represent 10, 100 or 1,000 miles of on-road driving in terms of our ability to pack in the occurrences of difficult events,” said Ryan Eustice, University of Michigan associate professor and principal investigator in Ford’s research collaboration with the university.
Ford’s track record of technology leadership
In Asia Pacific, Ford offers a full portfolio of semi-autonomous technology driver assist technologies across its vehicle lineup. Vehicles including the Ford Focus, Edge and Explorer use software and sensors to steer into parallel or perpendicular parking spaces, adjust speed based on traffic flow or apply the brakes in an emergency.
Ford revealed its Fusion Hybrid Autonomous Research Vehicle with University of Michigan and State Farm Insurance in 2013 in an effort to advance sensing systems so these technologies could be integrated into Ford’s next-generation vehicles. Earlier this year, Ford announced it moved its research efforts in autonomous vehicle technology to the next step in development, to the advanced engineering phase. The team is working to make sensing and computing technologies feasible for production while continuing to test and refine algorithms.
Along with testing at Mcity and on public roads, Ford’s autonomous fleet has been put through its paces at the company’s vehicle development facilities in Dearborn and Romeo, Michigan.
“We are pleased to welcome Ford as the first automaker to use Mcity to test autonomous vehicles,” said Peter Sweatman, director, Mobility Transformation Center. “Mcity offers a unique, real-world test environment that will help Ford accelerate development of its autonomous technology while building on its existing research collaboration with University of Michigan.”
Changing the way the world moves: Ford Smart Mobility
Autonomous vehicles are one element of Ford Smart Mobility, Ford’s plan to deliver the next level in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience and big data.
As the home of numerous university research projects, challenges and experiments, the Asia Pacific region is a key part of the Ford Smart Mobility plan. Since the launch of Ford Smart Mobility in January 2015, initiatives have been rolled out in Asia Pacific, including the ongoing MyEnergiLifestyle pilot in Beijing and Shanghai in China, and Share Car (peer-to-peer car sharing project) in Bangalore, India.
Most recently, the company announced two new university research initiatives in Chongqing and Beijing, China, and commenced Ford’s successful Innovate App Challenge Series 2.0, which included two challenges in Australia and Taiwan.
With Ford Smart Mobility, the company is once again changing the way the world moves to make people’s lives better – using innovation and advanced technology across its business to address the world’s biggest transportation challenges.
• Ford Motor Company receives an “A” grade for its work to conserve water by CDP, the world’s only global environmental disclosure agency.
• From 2000 to 2014, Ford reduced its water use by 62 percent – 10 billion gallons – achieving its water reduction goal two years ahead of schedule
• Ford is the only North American company to earn CDP’s highest honor for corporate water stewardship. More than 400 companies were considered for CDP recognition, with eight ultimately receiving recognition
DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 29, 2015 – Ford Motor Company received the top score for its work on global water conservation from CDP, the world’s only environmental disclosure agency.
Ford is one of eight corporations to receive CDP’s highest honor for its work on water issues, from among more than 400 global companies considered.
“The business case for action to improve water security has never been stronger or more urgent,” said Cate Lamb, head of water at CDP. “For this reason we congratulate Ford Motor Company for achieving a position on CDP’s Water A List. Ford is responding to market demand for environmental accountability and at the same time is making progress toward the realization of sustainable economies.”
From 2000 to 2014, Ford cut its total global water use by 62 percent, equaling more than 10 billion gallons. The automaker also attained the achievement two years ahead of schedule.
“At Ford, we see water as far more than an environmental concern,” said Andy Hobbs, Ford director, Environmental Quality Office. “Access to clean, affordable drinking water is a basic human right. We have worked diligently to set year-over-year goals to reduce our water use while introducing innovative manufacturing technologies to help us achieve these goals. We are pleased CDP is recognizing Ford as a sustainability and water conservation leader.”
While water has historically been a relatively inexpensive resource, its cost is expected to continue to rise. This forecast prompted Ford to establish its Global Water Management Initiative in 2000 to help guide its water conservation work.
The automaker also introduced several new technologies such as a 3-wet paint process and minimum quantity lubrication. Both save hundreds of thousands of gallons of water per year.
“Our efforts around water have evolved over the years,” said Hobbs. “We have moved beyond merely reducing the water footprint at our facilities, to working more holistically to address water concerns with our suppliers and in the communities in which we work.
“We understand that as an industry leader with nearly 195,000 employees worldwide, our work has a large-scale, positive impact, and so we are thrilled to know we are heading in the right direction.”
- As a part of Ford’s global water strategy, Ford has implemented water usage goals for its manufacturing plants in the AP region.
- In AP, Ford cut water use per vehicle produced by more than 10 percent in 2014 compared to 2013.
- In China, Ford cut water use per vehicle produced by 36 percent in 2014 compared to 2011; and achieved a 13 percent reduction compared to 2013.
- The AP region is using a variety of water-efficient processes and technologies in its manufacturing facilities. These include:
The 3-Wet Paint Technology
New assembly plants in AP have adopted this technology, which enables the consolidation of painting activities in an integrated booth. The technology provides significant environmental benefits including water saving, energy savings and reductions in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions.
Minimum Quantity Lubricant (MQL)
Ford uses a “dry-machining” process to lubricate cutting tools with a very small amount of oil, rather than the conventional “wet-machining” process that required large amounts of metal-working fluids and water to cool and lubricate the tools. For a typical production line, dry machining – also known as minimum quantity lubrication (MQL) – can save more than 280,000 gallons of water per year.
Membrane Biological Reactors and Reverse-Osmosis Processes
Plants in Chongqing and Hangzhou, China, and Chennai, India, use membrane biological reactors (MBR) and reverse-osmosis processes to recycle water from Ford’s on-site wastewater treatment plants. This allows Ford to avoid using high-quality water suitable for human consumption in its manufacturing processes. In Chongqing, the multiple assembly plants reused 250,000 tons of water in 2014 – that’s enough water to fill 100 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) officially unveils the 3.0 VGS Turbo variants of D-MAX and muX model in response to power driven customer demands.
On October 22, IPC announced that on top of its existing D-MAX and mu-X variants, the company is introducing its 3-liter variants to answer the long public clamor for a bigger engine. “While our current D-MAX and mu-X line-up is very much appreciated by the market, there are those who wish to have more power. Thus, we are giving our customers the freedom to choose – between our current 2.5-liter engine and the new 3.0 VGS Turbo variant,” said IPC President Hajime Koso.
Improved Power and Performance
Earlier previewed in Thailand, both the Isuzu D-MAX and mu-X is equipped with one of Isuzu’s most powerful engine, the new 4JJ1-TC (HI) 3.0-liter Diesel engine. Fitted with Common Rail Direct Injection and an intercooled Variable Geometry System (VGS) turbocharger, the engine responds quickly even at low speed and eliminates “turbo lag” or the delay in the distribution of power.
The new 4JJ1-TC (HI) engine also promotes Isuzu’s reputation of being reliable, durable and fuelefficient. Its lifetime steel timing chain and anti-friction melt-in cylinder liners are among its advantages that ensure durability. Evaluated to produce 163 Ps at 3,200 rpm and a high 380 Nm of torque from 1,800 to 2,200 rpm, the engine also provides plenty of power, translating to less gear changes, effortless hill climbing and easier off-road driving.
Safety and Styling
The new 3.0 VGS Turbo variants also has more premium features like the new LED Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) for the Isuzu mu-X LS-A – which not only adds to the sporty appearance of the SUV but also acts as an avoidance safety feature. This new set of lights increases the vehicle’s conspicuity, making it easier to detect as it approaches other vehicles on the road.
Adding to its already packed safety features, the Isuzu D-MAX LS 3.0 VGS Turbo has a new tailgate mounted Reverse Camera, which automatically activates when the driver engages the transmission to reverse. With this, the rearview will be projected on the 7-inch touchscreen entertainment system to help assist in reverse parking and alleviating blind spots.
Leveling up its styling, the mu-X LS-A 3.0 VGS Turbo has a Chromed Muffler Cutter tailpipe, which rather completes the variant’s chrome finish – front grille, door handle, and rear door garnish.
Color and Pricing
The Isuzu mu-X 3.0 VGS Turbo is available in six dynamic color options: Splash White, Cosmic Black, Titanium Silver, Aqua Blue, Outback Brown and Silky Pearl White. Prices are set at P1,398,000 for the mu-X 4×2 LS-A A/T; P1,708,000 for the mu-X 4×4 LS-A A/T. An additional P10K will be added to the variant price for all Silky Pearl White units.
Meanwhile the Isuzu D-MAX 3.0 VGS Turbo comes in the exciting Venetian Red color along with the existing colors Cosmic Black, Garnet Red, Titanium Silver and Splash White. The Isuzu D-MAX 4×2 LS M/T is priced at P1,090,000; D-MAX 4×2 LS A/T at P1,160,000; D-MAX 4×4 LS M/T at P1,360,000; D-MAX 4×4 LS A/T at P1,430,000.
The Isuzu D-MAX and mu-X 3.0 VGS Turbo variants are now available in all authorized Isuzu dealership across the country. In Metro Manila, Isuzu dealerships are located in EDSA Balintawak, Quezon Avenue, Commonwealth, Pasig, Manila, Makati and Alabang. In the provinces, Isuzu dealerships are located in Isabela, Pangasinan, Cabanatuan, Pampanga, Bulacan, Cavite, Batangas, San Pablo, Bacolod, Iloilo, Mandaue, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, and General Santos.
SAFETY. Nothing is more important for motorists than this. Car tires play a big part in road safety, so they must always be in tip-top condition.Before hitting the road, make sure that tires are inflated with the correct air pressure. Check that they are not damaged or defective in any way before the car leaves the garage.
Michelin shares how to identify a few tell-tale signs that will tell you it’s time to change your tires:
1. Tire Puncture.If you see even just one puncture in any part of the tire, install the spare tire to avoid causing further damage to the punctured one. Bring the suspected damaged tire immediately to a professional tire specialist for an accuratetire diagnosis.Running on punctured tiresis very risky especially if you’re already on the road as this can cause the tire pressure to drop rapidly. So, make sure that your spare tire is always in good condition to ensure safe motoring.
2. Worn tire treads.Tire treadsare like the soles of the feet.They are the only contact that the vehicle makes with the road. The deeper the tread, the better resistance to aquaplaning. Michelin recommends changing tires before your tread depth is worn to 1.6mm. (MICHELIN tires have a tread wear indicator at the base of the grooves that help you check the correct depth of the tire tread.) Don’t risk the chance of careening on the highway due to lack of tire traction. Wet roads are especially dangerous.
3. Damaged sidewalls.The sidewall is literally the side of the tire — the part you see when you’re looking at your car from the side. Sidewalls can get damaged when the tire hits a curb during a turn, or when the tire hits a hard and sharp object. A puncture or gouge to this area can affect the air pressure inside the tire,affecting the mileage or fuel efficiency of the car. If your tires have even the slightest damage to the sidewalls, have them inspected right away; seek out the high standards of Michelin-approved methods for tire check-ups at dealers and shops carrying MICHELIN tires for a thorough and complete checking.
4. Abnormal wear. Sometimes one tire wears out faster than the others. This is most likely caused by improper wheel alignment,leading to abnormal, uneven wear on tires since pressure is not evenly distributed on the wheels. See to it that wheel and tire assembly should always be correctly balanced after mounting new tires or after every vehicle repair. This provides a more comfortable ride and extended tire life.Other abnormal wear or damage to tires may also occur inside the tire. As much as possible, have your tire inspected by a tire specialist.
5. Aging.Tires age and deteriorate over time, just like everything else. Constant tire check-up is imperative for motorists, even if no major damage like puncture holes or uneven wear is visible.Make sure the treads are still visible because the tire tread is your car’s grip on the road. It has an impact on the distance needed for braking. Hard braking is one of the main causes of excessive wear and tire deterioration. Don’t take the risk of driving on old and worn out tires. Even if they look fine and still usable, Michelin recommends that tires be replaced ten years after their manufacture date. Don’t wait for them to give out!
6. Lastly, remember that there is a right type, size and function of tires for your car. Using the right tires will not only keep your trips safe and your car functioning at top capacity, it will also prolong tire life and improve mileage. One way to find the correct size and tire type for your vehicle is to look at the car manual. You can also check out the Michelin Tire Selector online at www.michelin.com.ph which recommends the most reliable, top-quality tires based on your vehicle make, model, tire size and its year of manufacture.