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The 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor’s Easter Eggs Cracked Open, Unscrambled
Childhood is full of scavenger hunts, and car enthusiasts never really grow up all the way, so automakers love to add little details in their products for the kid in all of us to find over the course of ownership. These are usually reserved for a brand’s most special lifestyle products, which makes the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor a ripe target for including cheeky nods to its namesake and heritage. Your browser does not support this video Here are the four hidden Easter Eggs to be found on the third-generation high-performance pickup truck.A Link to the F-22 RaptorThis is the most high-tech Raptor Easter Egg Ford included on the truck.
"Alexa, start my Ford and crank the air conditioning" is the kind of verbal command owners of Ford vehicles will be able to seamlessly make from the comfort of their home in the future. The automaker is planning a wireless software update to make Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant a built-in feature for 700,000 Ford vehicles in the U.S. and Canada this year.
Alexa integration will be introduced, starting this fall, intoand with Sync 4 technology, followed by when it goes on sale. It also will go into and . Eventually Ford will roll it out across the line-up and internationally, but it will take a few years.
Ford Mustang Mach-E, F-150 to Get‘BlueCruise’ Later this Year
Ford has named its hand-free driving tech BlueCruise and it will become available on the 2021 Mach-E and the 2021 F-150 in the third quarter of this year Ford announced that what it describes as a hands-free system, an update to the automaker's Co-Pilot360 driver-assistance package, will first become available on the Mustang Mach-E beginning next year in an update.The system will be able to operate on 100,000 miles of highway in the U.S. and Canada.The updated Co-Pilot360 system will become available on other select 2021 model year vehicles.
Included in the update is free Alexa connectivity for three years, is just one of a number of over-the-air updates Ford has planned to upgrade vehicles already on the road. But the voice assistant, and the addition oftechnology, are the biggies. Also coming soon to the Mach-E is an update that introduces Sketch for simple gaming and the ability to draw on the touchscreen and save your work. A future update will allow the work to be shared on social media.
Ford Power-Up Technology Makes OTAs Possible
Ford Power-Up software technology will make it possible to regularly enhance vehicles with a mixture of fixes and other quality upgrades sent wirelessly—while you sleep if you want—as well as new features and apps to improve the ownership experience.
2021 Ford Ranger Tremor Fast Facts: Shaking Loose This Pickup's Appeal
We’ve just spent a week with a Ford Ranger Tremor, the off-roadiest version of Ford’s midsize Ranger pickup. We came away with these seven takeaways that every off-road-curious truck buyer considering a Tremor should stuff in their pocket. 1. Ranger Raptor? More Like Ranger ZR2 We’ve seen the Ford Ranger Tremor compared to the larger Ford F-150 Raptor (we've even made some ourselves), but that's not quite fair, as a key ingredient in the Raptor formula—extra horsepower—just isn't on the Tremor menu.
The automaker will produce 33 million vehicles with Power-Up capability by 2028, Ford director of business operations for enterprise connectivity Alex Purdy says. It starts with the high-volume 2021 Ford F-150 and theelectric crossover and will be incorporated into new vehicles that launch with the second-generation electrical architecture and embedded modem connectivity needed.
The first Power-Up software updates for the F-150 and Mach-E began March 18 and have been sent to about 100,000 customers, says Ford's manager of software updates Aziz Makkiya. Engineers are preparing for a second major upgrade later this year with new features, including BlueCruise.
No Malarkey! President Biden Drops F-150 Lightning's 0–60 MPH Acceleration Time
While being the President of the United States sounds like a pretty stressful gig, it does come with a few perks. One of them just so happens to be an exclusive test drive of the all new Ford F-150 Lightning EV pickup truck. And while we’ll have to wait until tomorrow to get all the juicy details on Ford's most shocking F-150 ever, Biden did let a few key details slip after his quick spin in a Lightning prototype outside the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center where it'll be built.
Updates Designed For All Ford Vehicles, Not Just High-End
Power-Up won't be limited to higher-end models or just to retail customers—commercial vehicle buyers are deemed a priority knowing they are in their vehicles all day and would benefit from features that make their jobs easier.
Updates coming in the next few weeks will enhance navigation with more destination suggestions and better voice recognition for search, as well as turn-by-turn navigation using CarPlay displayed in the instrument cluster.
Ford and Amazon plan to work together on enhanced services over the next six years, creating personalized commercial vehicles services for business owners and fleet managers, ways to improve towing for the F-150, augment off-roading with the Bronco, and enhance the EV lifestyle for owners of the Mach-E, Purdy says.
Amazon is working with Ford on ways to help drivers, such as telling Alexa to find a gas station and to pay for the fuel. Alexa will ask which pump it is and then unlock that pump and pay for the fill-up.
This Time Alexa is Different
Yes, you can incorporate Alexa into some Ford vehicles now—Amazon worked with Ford to launch Alexa into vehicles for the first time in 2017 using a smartphone app—but the partners are now launching a fully imbedded Alexa that works simply and seamlessly with new vehicles that have imbedded modems. No buttons need to be pushed; just talk to connect the way you would with Alexa devices in a smart home.
The Aerodynamic 1981 Ford Probe III Concept Changed American Cars Forever
The Aerodynamic 1981 Ford Probe III Concept Changed American Cars ForeverSuddenly, how slippery a vehicle looked did more than just whet the appetites of wedge-seeking sports car buyers--it also had an impact on fuel efficiency, without requiring any of the dreaded computerized engine controls that many companies (but more specifically, those in Detroit) were having great difficulty adapting to the real world. But the line between gas prices and the aerodynamic designs that popped up everywhere by the end of the Eighties is more dotted than you might think.
"We created Alexa Auto because customers asked for it," Amazon's vice president of Alexa Automotive Ned Curic says. "They were trying to put Echo Dot devices into vehicles, and it did not work."
A JD Power survey found 76 percent of customers who use voice assistant at home want to use the same system in their vehicle.
Updates Are Your New Oil Change
In the future, software updates will become more frequent, Purdy says. Being a software-led company is the new lens through which Ford is approaching everything, he says. "We believe data is the new oil."
The connectivity team can update about 110 modules in a high-end vehicle now and is working to be able to modify the coding in virtually every module in the future. Privacy firewalls are baked into the software, Purdy says.
brought OTAs to public attention, making their cars cool and new with wireless surprises for owners and the ability to upgrade in areas such as increased range.
Fixed Without a Trip to the Dealership
The beauty of OTA updates is that they do not require a visit to the dealer, thus taking up a lane in the service bay. Most updates will happen without the owner being aware of them, requiring little or no action. Often drivers will only learn of the upgrade when they start their vehicle. For updates that require reboots, owners can schedule installation of the cloud-delivered update overnight. Some take as little as two minutes; others will take longer.
This Sure Looks Like an Electric Bronco Teaser as Ford Plans Two New EV Platforms by 2025
This Sure Looks Like an Electric Bronco Teaser as Ford Plans Two New EV Platforms by 2025Ford North America Product Communications Manager Mike Levine tweeted a few screenshots from the presentation, and there's a lot to glean from the bold blue silhouettes here. There appears to be an electric Transit city van, a battery-only truck that might preview the next-gen F-150 Lightning, and a boxy SUV with a rear-mounted spare tire.
Commercial vehicle owners will be able to maximize their uptime and run their fleets more efficiently with the wealth of information at their fingertips and the ability to resolve issues quickly—ideally before it breaks down, saving time and annoyance, Purdy says. And fast fixes reduce Ford warranty costs.
The move is in keeping with a larger overall directive underthroughout the lifecycle of the vehicle. Tech centers of excellence have been created around the world with teams such as the one devoted to connectivity.
Faster Fixes Possible
Real-time data sharing reveals how customers use their vehicles and that information is helping Ford double down on features that customers like, get rid of the ones they don't, and quickly pinpoint issues to be resolved. Once they are diagnosed, Ford can work on a fix, test it on a smaller group, and then send it out wirelessly to all vehicles.
That was the case when there were complaints about a. Once the issue was detected, software engineers were able to react quickly and save the company $20 million, Makkiya said. They were able to do an analysis, came up with a diagnosis, engineer a fix, test it on a small group and then deployed a software patch to all, saving the company $20 million. In June a fix is going out to address some Sync4 Android Auto connectivity issues in the F-150 and Mach-E.
Ford Tremor vs. Raptor: What’s the Difference Between These Off-Road Pickups? .
Ford’s current lineup of off-road vehicles is stacked. Besides the radical, revived Bronco and new Bronco Sport, the iconic F-150 Raptor has been redesigned, and a new Tremor package available on every Ford truck increases all-around capability. Both the Tremor and Raptor are designed with off-road use in mind, but for different performances and different preferences. Why would you pick one over the other? Read on to understand your choices between the Raptor and the Tremor package. © MotorTrend Staff,Manufacturer 2021 Ford F 150 Raptor Vs Tremor Graphic What Is the Ford Tremor Package?Forget the F-150 Tremor FX2 and FX4 street trucks.