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.
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.
Now that spring is finally here, outdoor enthusiasts are no doubt planning their season of camping adventures. Anyone who calls Pennsylvania their home would be remiss not to make a special visit to what some people call the most beautiful campground in Pennsylvania.
Campers Paradise, located at the edge of McConnells Mill State Park, is just an hour away from Shults Ford Harmarville. This gorgeous campground offers multiple forms of accommodation, from available cabins that are perfect for the next winter season, to a rentable teepee in the camp’s Wild West Territory. You can even sleep up to eight in the covered wagon accommodation.
However, many folks prefer to keep their camping experiences rugged and old fashioned. There are plenty of areas at Campers Paradise where visitors can set up their tent and campsite with just the stars and the trees as their company.
In these situations, it’s helpful to have one other companion—the Ford F-150. This classic American pickup has the capability to drive on tough terrains, making it the perfect vehicle to get you to your remote campsite. It has the strength and the space needed to bring along whatever gear you might want—from bikes to kayaks to extensive camping supplies. At Shults Ford Harmarville, we love finding new ways to make the F-150 a helpful asset to camping trips all year round.
There’s nothing quite like hitting the open road for a trip away from the norm. Road trips are a great way to experience the country from a different perspective, and offer an intimate setting for family bonding. If you can get behind this type of adventure, then you need to consider planning your next road trip in a Ford Edge. This sporty crossover has the space and the comfort that will make your whole crew feel at home from point A to point B.
But road trips aren’t just about seats big enough for napping. There are design details in the 2017 Ford Edge that enhance each ride beyond modern comfort. Features like ambient LED lighting in the cabin will set the mood after dark. But when the sun is still up, having the available Panoramic Vista Roof® open will give passengers a whole new connection with the sunny skies as you move along to your destination.
A perfect road trip vehicle would also be equipped with the perfect suite of technology and safety features. After all, nothing can act as a substitute for the peace of mind that comes with knowing your vehicle is a safe haven. The 2017 Ford Edge is full of gadgets, from driver-assist technologies to tools like navigation,that will surely make your trip a success.
To learn more about what’s offered in the Ford Edge, or to hear why we love road trips in this crossover, stop by Shults Ford Harmarville today.
Shopping for car lovers can be difficult, especially if you aren’t familiar with the industry. Fortunately, there are many great gifts that will please any driver. Here are a few gifts for car enthusiasts as suggested by us here at Shults Ford of Harmarville. Happy holidays!
Apps – Smartphone apps are relatively inexpensive, if not free, and are the best way to allow a driver to keep a close eye on their vehicle. Some apps even allow drivers to monitor fuel consumption and real-time stats.
Racetrack Coasters – Nothing is simpler than a set of racetrack coasters. Let your loved one bring their passion in from the garage.
Video Games – There’s a rather large number of car-based video games on the market. Stop by your local gaming store and peruse the shelves or ask for help!
Solar Charger – Electric cars are becoming more and more popular. As a result, some companies, like BMW, are creating solar chargers.
Mirror Speaker – What’s better than listening to music from a portable mirror speaker?
GoPro – Off-road drivers love to hit the trails. Let them share their experience by investing in a GoPro.
Leather Wallets – Wallet makers tend to pander to specific audiences. That’s true for car enthusiasts, as indicated by the GTO leather wallet.
Power Wheels – Got a kid that found their passion for cars early? What makes a better gift than a drivable power toy-vehicle?
Anki Drive Kit – Ever wanted to test your skills on a miniature racetrack? Now you can with the Anki DRIVE Kit. This gift features an AI-controlled opponent that adapts and gets better at racing the longer you play.
A New Car – Let’s be real. What better gift is there than your car enthusiast’s dream ride? While most can’t afford a new car for Christmas, those who can could blow their car enthusiast’s mind this holiday season!
As an automotive manufacturer, Ford is always on the forefront of furthering mobility. Ford employees are stepping up to the plate to do their part. The Ford Last Mile Mobility Challenge takes submissions for personal assistant devices from Ford employees. The challenge received more than 600 submissions in 2016, which was an annual record. The short list of finalists rounds out to an impressive lineup of mobility inventions.
Carr-E, created by Killian Vas of Germany, can transport up to 260 lbs. and travel up to 14 miles. The four-wheeled device also has a top speed of 11 mph. Place an item on the device and it will follow an electronic transmitter.
TriCiti, created by James Neugebauer, Torsten Gerhardt, and Robert Spahl, is a rideable device and carrying assistant. The machine can be modified to carrying groceries, golf bags, and more. It boasts a 19-mile range and a top speed of up to 12 mph.
The EChair, developed by Gunther Cuypers, Robin Celis, and David Longin, is an electric wheelchair with a twist. This particular invention can load itself into a vehicle. That alone offers more independence to those with limited mobility.
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