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One of the features will surely excite car enthusiasts is the new “Track Apps” system. This inbuilt feature has all the performance driving telemetry you could wish for. It has an acceleration timer that lets you record your 0-60 mph, 0-100mph, 1/8th-mile and 1/4-mile times.
There is also an accelerometer which measures g-forces, so now you’ll be able to see how hard the car is working in the corners. Braking performance is another feature with Track apps, which measures your stopping time and distance.
Finally, and possibly the most fun, there is an app that mimics the lights at a drag strip, giving a count down before stomping on the gas pedal.
All these apps will be a source of great fun for Mustang owners, we just want to urge you to do your testing on the track, and not on public roads.
To learn more about this feature, watch the video below.
Ford wants to be a player in this field and has announced that early this year, it will open a new dedicated research lab in Silicon Valley. The premise behind this new facility is to create uncompromised personal mobility experiences.
Being in Silicon Valley, Ford believes it can make better ties with established and start-up tech firms, plus link-up with area universities like Stanford.
“Ford has an incredible heritage of driving innovation in the transportation and manufacturing sectors during the past 107 years,” said Paul Mascarenas, Ford chief technical officer and vice president of Research and Innovation. “Now it’s time to prepare for the next 100 years, ushering in a new era of collaboration and finding new partners to help us transform what it means to be an automaker.”
This new lab, which will be opened in the San Francisco Bay area will serve as a hub for all of Ford’s new technologies. Ford has in recent years developed products like MyKey, SYNC, EcoBoost and Inflatable Rear Seat Belts. By being in such a tech savvy location, what will Ford come out with next?
“Silicon Valley represents a deep and dynamic technology neighborhood and is far from Dearborn,” said K. Venkatesh Prasad, senior technical leader for open innovation with Ford Research and Innovation. “With so many opportunities and so much potential, our new lab will allow us to scout new technologies and partners in their own environment and continue our expansion beyond the traditional automaker mindset to drive innovation for a better mobility experience.”
Their goal is to integrate mobility with technology in everyday life, and bring that experience to millions of customers around the world.
Have you ever thought about getting an electric car, but are concerned that it might not be right for you? There’s a new gadget that will help you make a decision about buying electric – the EV Profiler.
The EV Profiler works with your current vehicle to track your driving behavior. This low profile device plugs into the cigarette outlet and keeps a log of your driving habits. It compiles the information online to show you how far you could take an electric car on a single charge. If you drive more than 100 miles a day and don’t have time to charge up, an EV is not the right choice for you. But if you’re still on the fence, the EV Profiler would be a great tool to use to make a decision.
The EV Profiler is a Driving Data Recorder, so it keeps track of acceleration, terrain and what types of roads you use (highway vs. local roads) on a daily basis. After it logs all that information, it gets fed to an online report and compares it to statistics from current electric vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Volt (the company plans to add more EVs as they enter the market). The EV Profiler is an efficient way to find out if an EV fits into your lifestyle.
You can rent the EV Profiler for $25 a week or $82 per month, and it can be ordered through the EV Profile website.