Ford to unveil new driverless Fusion Hybrid at CES

January 2, 2017 by  
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Ford is revving up the future of autonomous vehicles with its new Fusion Hybrid . The second-generation Fusion is a departure from previous self-driving cars we’ve seen in testing. Ford opted to disguise the sensors and cameras that aid the Fusion in its operation, resulting in a sleeker body that looks more like a “regular car” than a car of the future. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OI1kf-a-pVo With just a few teaser images released so far, Ford is intentionally building up suspense for the full unveiling, which is planned for CES 2017 in Las Vegas later this month. Ford’s chief engineer for the autonomous vehicle program, Chris Brewer, elaborated on the technological advances in a post on Medium . The second-generation driverless Ford Fusion, he says, can “see” two football fields of distance in every direction, and its advanced field of vision means it requires fewer sensors than previous models. Related: Ford’s self-driving car will have no steering wheel, gas pedal, or brakes Ford also announced that it will expand its self-driving test fleet from 30 cars to around 90 in 2017, a big leap forward after just three years of development. The car maker is currently testing autonomous vehicles in California, Arizona, and Michigan, and will soon roll out pilot programs in the United Kingdom and Germany as well. Via The Verge Images via Ford

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Ford’s self-driving Fusion Hybrid to hit the streets of California next year

December 16, 2015 by  
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Last week Ford announced plans to pour billions of dollars into electric vehicles by the year 2020, and yesterday the automaker revealed its vision for driverless cars . During a press event at Ford’s Silicon Valley Research & Innovation Center , CEO Mark Fields pinned a California license plate on the company’s self-driving Fusion Hybrid and announced that trials for the vehicle will begin next year. Read the rest of Ford’s self-driving Fusion Hybrid to hit the streets of California next year

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Beautiful ergonomic stools feature a bike saddle-inspired seat

December 16, 2015 by  
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Turin-based design firm Bibi studio designed the Sella / Sellino, a beautiful and minimalist stool crafted from birch plywood . Winner of a 2015 A’design Award , the lightweight stool features a flat seat in the shape of a bike saddle. The structure uses interlocking elements for easy assembly. + Bibi studio The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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WATCH LIVE: Join Us for the ‘Big Ideas in Small Spaces’ Webcast and Hear from Leading Auto Designers and Architects!

May 31, 2013 by  
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We’ll be live streaming ‘Big Ideas in Small Spaces: Proportion in Design’ right here! Attention, Inhabitat readers! We’re less than one week away from the live webcast of ‘Big Ideas in Small Spaces: Proportion in Design’—an incredible design panel discussion hosted by Ford Motor Company and The Chicago Architecture Foundation . Following up on the successful ‘ Design with a Conscience ‘ webcast in April, our newest design panel discussion will focus in on how creatives can maximize aesthetics and functionality in small spaces to produce innovative designs that are comfortable, efficient, and beautiful. The Big Ideas in Small Spaces panelists will include: Diane Atwood of the Atwood Foundation, John Gately of  Jahn ,  Gensler ‘s Carlos Martinez, and legendary car designer and Ford’s group vice president of design and chief creative officer  J Mays . All leaders in their respective industries, these four designers will bring light to how similarities in their creative processes have led to some of country’s most famous buildings and the design of cutting-edge, eco-friendly Ford vehicles like the Fiesta  and the elegant  Fusion Energi . Don’t miss out on this webcast which will be streaming  RIGHT HERE  (bookmark this page!) on  Thursday, June 6th at 11:45am CDT!  THE WEBCAST STARTS THURSDAY, JUNE 6TH AT 11:45AM CDT (12:45PM EST) Read the rest of WATCH LIVE: Join Us for the ‘Big Ideas in Small Spaces’ Webcast and Hear from Leading Auto Designers and Architects! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: architecture and automotive , architecture panels , architecture webcast , atwood foundation , automotive design , big ideas in small spaces , big ideas in small spaces: proportion in design , Car Design , carlos martinex , chicago architecture events , Chicago Architecture Foundation , design events , design panels , diane atwood , ford , ford fiesta , ford fusion , ford live , ford motor company , ford motors , ford webcast , genselr , J Mays , jahn , jonathan gately        

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Chats with J Mays, VP of Global Design and Chief Creative Officer at Ford Motor Company

May 29, 2013 by  
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Automotive designer J Mays  has become well-known as the design director of Ford Motor Company . Born in rural Oklahoma, Mays started working at his family’s auto parts store at an early age with aspirations of becoming an architect, but eventually found his calling in car design while at the Art Center in Pasadena . An automotive design pioneer with more than 30 years under his belt, Mays has been involved in the design of a number of the car industry’s most well-recognized automobiles, including the VW “New Beetle” , Aston Martin DB9 , Land Rover LR3/Discovery,  Ford GT , 2011 Ford Fiesta , 2012 Focus (including the Focus EV) , and the new green 2013 Ford Fusion —just to name a few! For the last 16 years he’s been leading the charge at Ford as the Vice President of Global Design and Chief Creative Officer and has played a critical role in bringing a new generation of stylish, green, high-performance  electric and hybrid vehicles to a mainstream market. I recently got the chance to chat with Mays about his monumental career, and I’ve published our interview here. Click ahead to read the entire interview, where Mays touches on his global travels, his design ethos and influences, the current market for hybrid and electric vehicles, and what he sees for the future of zero-emissions vehicles, both at Ford and on a global scale. Read the rest of INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Chats with J Mays, VP of Global Design and Chief Creative Officer at Ford Motor Company Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electric cars , electric vehicles , energy efficient cars , ev , ford , ford design , ford electric , ford EV , ford fiesta , ford fusion , ford fusion energi , ford fusion energy , ford hybrid , ford motors , fuel efficiency , fuel efficient cars , fusion energi , green automotive , green cars , inhabitat interview , J Mays , VP of Global Design and Chief Creative Officer at Ford Motor Company        

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Chats with J Mays, VP of Global Design and Chief Creative Officer at Ford Motor Company

May 29, 2013 by  
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Automotive designer J Mays  has become well-known as the design director of Ford Motor Company . Born in rural Oklahoma, Mays started working at his family’s auto parts store at an early age with aspirations of becoming an architect, but eventually found his calling in car design while at the Art Center in Pasadena . An automotive design pioneer with more than 30 years under his belt, Mays has been involved in the design of a number of the car industry’s most well-recognized automobiles, including the VW “New Beetle” , Aston Martin DB9 , Land Rover LR3/Discovery,  Ford GT , 2011 Ford Fiesta , 2012 Focus (including the Focus EV) , and the new green 2013 Ford Fusion —just to name a few! For the last 16 years he’s been leading the charge at Ford as the Vice President of Global Design and Chief Creative Officer and has played a critical role in bringing a new generation of stylish, green, high-performance  electric and hybrid vehicles to a mainstream market. I recently got the chance to chat with Mays about his monumental career, and I’ve published our interview here. Click ahead to read the entire interview, where Mays touches on his global travels, his design ethos and influences, the current market for hybrid and electric vehicles, and what he sees for the future of zero-emissions vehicles, both at Ford and on a global scale. Read the rest of INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Chats with J Mays, VP of Global Design and Chief Creative Officer at Ford Motor Company Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electric cars , electric vehicles , energy efficient cars , ev , ford , ford design , ford electric , ford EV , ford fiesta , ford fusion , ford fusion energi , ford fusion energy , ford hybrid , ford motors , fuel efficiency , fuel efficient cars , fusion energi , green automotive , green cars , inhabitat interview , J Mays , VP of Global Design and Chief Creative Officer at Ford Motor Company        

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LIVE WEBCAST: Join Inhabitat for the ‘Big Ideas in Small Spaces’ Webcast and Talk to Leading Architects & Automotive Designers

May 28, 2013 by  
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Ford Motor Company and the Chicago Architecture Foundation have joined forces to bring you yet another amazing live webcast, following up on their successful  Design with a Conscience  discussion seen here just last month. We’re extending a special e-vitation to Inhabitat readers to join us for ‘ Big Ideas in Small Spaces: Proportion in Design ‘, a panel discussion where leading Chicago architects Diane Atwood of the Atwood Foundation, John Gately of Jahn , and Gensler ‘s Carlos Martinez, and legendary car designer and Ford’s group vice president of design, and chief creative officer  J Mays will be discussing how architects and automotive designers can maximize aesthetics and functionality in small spaces to create innovative designs that are comfortable, efficient, and beautiful. We’ll be live streaming this discussion on Inhabitat.com , and our esteemed panel will be discussing similarities between their creative processes that have led to some of Chicago’s most famous buildings and the design of super comfortable compact cars like the new Ford Fiesta and the elegant  Ford Fusion . Join us live on June 6th to participate in this design discussion. We also encourage you to take part in the conversation by submitting your questions for the speakers below in the comments! We’ll be sending Inhabi-Tees to selected question submitters, so join in! JOIN US THURSDAY, JUNE 6TH FROM 11:45AM—1:30PM CDT Read the rest of LIVE WEBCAST: Join Inhabitat for the ‘Big Ideas in Small Spaces’ Webcast and Talk to Leading Architects & Automotive Designers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: architecture and automotive , architecture panels , architecture webcast , atwood foundation , automotive design , big ideas in small spaces , big ideas in small spaces: proportion in design , Car Design , carlos martinex , chicago architecture events , Chicago Architecture Foundation , design events , design panels , diane atwood , ford , ford fiesta , ford fusion , ford live , ford motor company , ford motors , ford webcast , genselr , J Mays , jahn , jonathan gately        

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TEST DRIVE: The Ford Fusion Hybrid Joins the 40+ MPG Club

April 23, 2013 by  
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Striking Corten Steel Umbrellas to Shade Madrid’s 2010 Shanghai Pavilion

April 23, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of Striking Corten Steel Umbrellas to Shade Madrid’s 2010 Shanghai Pavilion Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3Gatti Architecture Studio , bamboo , Corten steel , Daylighting , eco design , foreign office architects , green design , madrid , natural ventilation , parasols , shanghai pavilion , Spain , steel , steel umbrellas , sustainable design , sustainable renovation        

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Ford Hybrids C-Max and Fusion Fail to Meet Fuel Economy Standards

December 17, 2012 by  
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If you drive a Ford C-Max or a Ford Fusion Hybrid , you might want to double check the fuel economy of your car. Two of Ford’s hybrids, the C-Max and the Fusion, fell short of fuel economy targets when tested by Consumer Reports , said the Detroit automaker on Friday. But Ford isn’t shying away from this potentially embarrassing issue, saying that it wants to work with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to improve the way it determines fuel efficiency, claiming that the current testing methods leave too much to chance and produce erratic results. Read the rest of Ford Hybrids C-Max and Fusion Fail to Meet Fuel Economy Standards Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Consumer Reports blows whistle on Ford hybrids , environmental protection agency , EPA testing methods for fuel economy , Ford C-MAX , ford fusion , Ford hybrid vehicles , Ford hybrid vehicles fall short of EPA targets , miles per gallon , Raj Nair , vehicle fuel economy , vehicle fuel efficiency , vehicle fuel performance

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