The future of autonomous and driverless vehicles is just around the corner. Automakers around the world are working on this technology. Ford and Virginia Tech have teamed up to study a unique aspect of self-driving cars—how people react to them.
When you reach an intersection with people waiting on the corner, you likely communicate with them through hand waves, head nods, or other gestures to show them your intentions. With a driverless vehicle, that communication is lost.
With the research Ford and Virginia Tech are doing, they have developed a series of light signals that can be used to show pedestrians what an autonomous vehicle is going to do next. To put these lights to the test, they equipped a Ford Transit with a light bar on the windshield and then created a “seat suit” to conceal the driver and make it look like a driverless vehicle.
You can watch this video to see how it works.
John Shutko, Ford’s human factors technical specialist, said, “We need to solve for the challenges presented by not having a human driver, so designing a way to replace the head nod or hand wave is fundamental to ensuring safe and efficient operation of self-driving vehicles in our communities.”
What would you think if you saw a driverless vehicle? Here at Shults Ford of Harmarville, we are excited to see where this incredible technology goes next.
Tearing down the highway and back county roads used to be the realm that the Ford Mustang specialized in, but now the Mustang might have to share. The 2017 Ford Focus RS is a power-packed hatchback designed for drivers who want more punch in the gas pedal. Affordable pricing and a legacy of performance make the Ford Focus RS a tough model to argue with.
The “RS” in Ford Focus RS stands for “Rally Sport.” The 2017 Ford Focus is the latest model to the bear the badge, putting it in a pool of performance-driven models. Just over 20 models have had the honor of bearing the badge since 1970.
The 2017 Ford Focus RS comes equipped with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost® four-cylinder engine paired to a manual transmission. That powertrain delivers a heart-stopping 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque to the road.
The hot hatch rolls out on sport tires with a low stance that says it’s ready for action. Performance front disc brakes, a firm suspension, and more reinforce that statement. Advanced technologies, such as Launch Control, adjustable traction control, and switchable driving modes allow drivers to get as close to the road as they please.
We here at Shults Ford of Harmarville are ready to take you on a test drive in the exciting new 2017 Ford Focus.
Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a genetic disease that doesn’t discriminate by age or gender. It affects thousands of Americans and millions of people worldwide. The treatment can range from dialysis to full-on kidney transplants. Did you know that you can help find a cure and support those impacted by the disease? The 2017 Walk for PKD, the perfect means to do just that, is right around the corner.
The 2017 Walk for PKD takes place on Saturday, September 23rd in Pittsburgh. Check-in and registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and the two-mile walk begins at 10 a.m.
Parents affected by PKD have a 50 percent chance of passing the disease on. Of those impacted by PKD, more than 50 percent will need some form of treatment by the time they’re 50 years old. Currently, the only treatment options for PKD are dialysis and a kidney transplant. PKD is also the number cause of kidney failure in children and adults.
The PKD Foundation is the only organization dedicated to finding more treatments for PKD. The volunteers work tirelessly to support those who have had their lives changed by the disease.
The 2018 Ford Mustang is on its way, with a modern design and a slew of features that focus comfort and technology. However, many Ford enthusiasts are nostalgic for yesteryear. If that describes you, then you’re in luck; the new 2018 Mustang Pony Package adds design elements that reflect older models of the Ford Mustang in order to give it a more classic air while maintaining all the conveniences of owning the latest model.
Some of the changes to the design of the 2018 Ford Mustang when the Pony Package is applied include the traditional corral grille in front, an old-school tri-pony badge in the back, and a subtle stripe that runs around the sides of the Mustang. There are other changes that aren’t so much for the nostalgia as they are for completing the look – a bright beltline and window trim, 19-inch polished aluminum wheels, and floor mats embroidered with the famous Mustang logo.
The Mustang Pony Package will only be available to models with the turbocharged inline-4 engine, not the new and much-anticipated 5.0-liter V8. The 2018 Ford Mustang is slated to launch across the nation in October of this year. If you’re interested in owning the 2018 Mustang (whether equipped with the new Pony Package or not), then keep an eye on us here at Shults Ford Harmarville for more information.
Do you live near Carnegie, Pennsylvania and like to try new food? Why not give the 6th Annual Ukrainian Food Festival a shot? This celebration, held at the Parish of Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, invites local residents to partake in exploring the roots of their culture by joining in a feast steeped in Ukrainian heritage. We at Shults Ford Harmarville love to see members of the local community band together to celebrate their diversity.
Come on September 8th and 9th, when the food-based festivities begin at 11:00 AM. The parish has its own kitchen with which the cooks produce traditional Ukrainian food and pastries for the public to enjoy and take home, free of charge. Saturday will even offer guests live ethnic entertainment for their viewing pleasure. Additionally, guests can relax and lounge outside or come into the air-conditioned parish hall, which is also wheelchair-accessible.
Again, admission is totally free, so bring your friends and family to enjoy this spectacular once-a-year event where you and your loved ones can explore new experiences at the Ukrainian Food Festival. Be a part of your community by immersing yourself in the diversity and proud heritage that still exists in Pennsylvania today.
Attending a music festival is a great way to wind down as summer comes to an end. The Night Lights Music Festival 2017 offers the perfect opportunity to do just that! Taking place from August 24th through the 27th, attendees will enjoy a three-day weekend of music from some of the best acts in the area.
The music festival features some of the most prominent area artists, including Dopapod, Aqueous, and Broccoli Samurai. They’ll be joined by many other artists from Western New York in what’s sure to be a bash to remember!
Fantastic musicians and superb music are just a few attractions that the Night Lights Music Festival has to offer. There will also be camping and many other activities. Food vendors will be available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as late night snacks. Water is also available on site.
Attendees under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Bringing glass, pets, and outside firewood is strictly prohibited. If you’re caught, many of these items will be taken away.
It all kicks off in Sherman, New York on August 24th, and taking a small road trip in a Ford is the best way to get there! The technology in the 2017 Ford Fusion will make the time pass quickly and keep everyone comfortable, and the safety technology in every Ford will be sure to keep you and your passengers safe both during the drive and while you’re vehicle is parked and you’re enjoying the music.
Ford is an American automaker that tends to be a leader when it comes to innovation. Now that quality is expanding overseas where the German Postal Service has solidified a deal with Ford to create electric delivery vehicles. The new battery-powered models will be based on the existing Ford Transit and deliver packages across the country.
The partnership will ultimately elevate Ford to become the largest midsized e-van maker in Europe. The German Post Service, which owns the DHL shipping service as well, currently operates bare-bones vans that lack amenities like a passenger seat and radio. The vans are also limited to a top speed of under 50 mph.
The new Ford electric delivery van is rumored to be based on the existing Ford Transit.
The Ford electric van will come to replace the German Postal Service’s diesel fleet of 92,000 vans. The American automaker plans to begin production in July and have 2,500 vans operating by the end of 2018.
Based on the Ford Transit, the new electric-powered delivery vans will offer an eco-friendly, more affordable way for the German Postal Service to meet customer needs. With health concerns over diesel continuing to grow, alternative energy is the clear answer to a brighter, more efficient future.
We here at Shults Ford of Harmarville are pumped to see Ford continuing to uphold its reputation as a leader of innovation.
Owning a truck isn’t all fun and games, as many pickup owners have likely already told you. There’s a few downsides that not everyone will enjoy. Here are some of the worst things about owning a truck presented by us here at Shults Ford of Harmarville.
You’ll be the center of attention at tailgates.
If there’s one thing trucks are the sole leaders of, it’s tailgating. The bed is perfect for hanging out and transporting coolers, grills, and other necessary items for a tailgate party. That means you might find people gathering around your truck on game day.
You’ll have to eat a lot of pizza.
Pizza is the go-to food of people who have just moved. Since trucks are some of the capable vehicles in the industry, odds are you’ll be asked to help people move. Put two and two together, and odds are you’ll find yourself scarfing down quite a bit of pizza.
You’ll be the transportation for many trips.
Trucks are some of the most versatile vehicles on the road, which means there are few places you aren’t capable of exploring. Unfortunately, that means you might find yourself driving when you take your friends camping or exploring areas otherwise unreachable by car.
On the bright side, you’ll get to have some pretty cool adventures.
Movie stars and music artists often find themselves intentionally, or even unintentionally, promoting a specific make and model or brand of vehicle. No performer purposely purchases a bad vehicle, so it’s more than likely the vehicle they’re driving features upscale materials and quality engineering. That sounds like the perfect description for a certain American brand, and stars tend to agree. We here at Shults Ford of Harmarville know of a few stars who love Ford models.
Bullitt was a movie that starred Steve McQueen behind the wheel of a 1968 Ford Mustang GT. The movie’s impact was so great, even in the present day, that Ford created a limited edition Mustang GT Bullitt.
While McQueen was a renowned car collector, he never managed to gain ownership of the car he drove in the movie. He attempted to convince owners of the only surviving movie model to sell the car to him, but never succeeded.
The late-night talk-show host got his first job at a Ford dealership, and his father would often call his 1966 Ford Galaxie 7 a “rocket ship” because of its performance. That likely jumpstarted Leno’s interest in Ford and ultimately led to his present ownership of a 1965 Ford Mustang GT 350. He was also friends with Carroll Shelby, the creator of the Shelby Mustang, for more than 20 years.
Richard Bazzy is the face of Shults Ford. Managing both Shults Ford of Harmarville and Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford, Richard's eccentric attitude toward selling Shults cars always ensures you will want to come back for more. Find out more information about this author on Google+.”