Delivery without drivers: Domino's, Ford team up for test

Aug 29, 2017

Forget the delivery driver. Ford and Domino's Pizza are teaming up to see whether customers like having their pizzas delivered by driverless cars. Starting Wednesday, some pizzas in Ann Arbor, Michigan, will arrive in a specially designed Ford Fusion outfitted with radars and a camera used for autonomous testing. For this test, a Ford engineer will be at the wheel. But customers won't be interacting with the driver.

Ford, General Motors and Hyundai say U.S. sales drops last month, apparently dragging the industry to its sixth straight month of declining numbers as auto sales slow from last year's record pace.

Ford says its sales declined 5.1 percent, while GM was off 4.7 percent. Korean automaker Hyundai says its sales dropped 19.2 percent.

Analysts are predicting an overall June drop of more than 2 percent when all the numbers come in today, even though Toyota, Nissan and Honda each report small sales gains.

Ford Motor Company cancels new Mexico plant

Jan 3, 2017

Ford Motor said Tuesday it has canceled its plans on production of a $1.6 billion plant in Mexico, and has decided to instead invest $700 million in an expansion of an existing Flat Rock, Michigan.

Ford said the decision will add 700 new jobs in Flat Rock to produce high-tech electrified and autonomous vehicles, plus the Ford Mustang and Lincoln Continental.

During the final weeks of the presidential campaign, President-elect Donald Trump was highly critical of Ford’s initial plans to move all small car production to Mexico within 3 years.

U.S. safety regulators have opened two investigations into problems with Ford vehicles that could expand previous recalls.

The probes cover about 643,000 vehicles and involve door latches that can open while vehicles are moving and a sudden loss of power-assisted steering. Included in the probes are 380,000 Edge SUVs from 2011 to 2013 and nearly 263,000 Fusions from the 2010 model year.

The government says it has received 1,560 reports that the door ajar warning light won't turn off on the Edges. Some complained that the doors open while being driven.

Gerald R. Ford memorial and wreath-laying service in Grand Rapids.
Hilary Farrell

Events marking the 103rd anniversary of the birth of President Gerald Ford are taking place in western Michigan.
The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation is hosting Thursday's ceremonies, which include a wreath-laying tribute at Ford's tomb in Grand Rapids.
The wreath-laying will be conducted on behalf of President Barack Obama and the Ford family. Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss will present a wreath on behalf of the city.
Following the ceremony, the Ford Presidential Museum will open free to the public through 5 p.m.

Ford says it's recalling about 38,000 Transit vans in the U.S. and Canada because the side curtain air bags may not protect people properly in a crash.

The recall covers low-roof Transit vans from the 2015 and 2016 model years.

The company says the bags on either side of the vans may have been folded incorrectly. They may not inflate at the proper angles to protect drivers or passengers. 

Ford says no crashes or injuries have been reported.

The affected vans were built from March 12, 2014 through March 18, 2016.

Ford Motor Co. is establishing a Silicon Valley-based subsidiary to build and invest in new mobility options like car-sharing and ride-hailing services.

Ford Smart Mobility LLC will be chaired by former Steelcase CEO Jim Hackett. Hackett plans to name a CEO shortly.

The company will operate in Palo Alto, California, and Ford's hometown of Dearborn, Michigan.

Ford CEO Mark Fields said the company will be "separate but connected" to its parent.

Police car lights
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It's a first for police cars: Doors that can protect officers against armor-piercing bullets.

Ford will soon be offering the doors on its Police Interceptor sedans and SUVs.

The doors are designed to stop a .30-caliber bullet shot from a high-powered rifle.

They're made from ceramic tile, which breaks up the bullet, and a layer of a Kevlar-like material that catches the shrapnel.

Ford has offered ballistic panels on its police car doors since 2008. But previous versions protected against handgun fire and non-armor piercing bullets.

Ford conducting tests after chemical found outside plant

Feb 4, 2016

Ford Motor Company is conducting tests at one of its Detroit-area facilities after finding vinyl chloride in groundwater outside the plant.

The Detroit News reports Wednesday that samples with the chemical were found last summer at least seven feet below ground on the east side of Ford's Livonia Transmission Plant.

The Dearborn-based automaker tells the newspaper that it poses no health risk to people living in the area and that the plant gets its drinking water from the city of Detroit's system.

Ford has decided to stop using air bag inflators made by Takata Corp. in future vehicles as the auto industry continues to move away from the potentially dangerous products.