Ford Motor Company is one of the most recognizable brands in the world. However, despite the company‘s continued presence in the public eye, there are still some things that most people don’t know about them. Here, we present our list of nine fast and fascinating facts about the motor company that you definitely (probably) didn’t know. Well, what are you waiting for? Check the list out for yourself below!
Number Nine: From Auto to Auto and Mobility
Ford Smart Mobility is the company’s plan to improve connectivity in the context of the consumer experience. The plan will help to transform the company from just an auto company into an auto and mobility company, and it has renewed the company’s focus on studying mobility, how people move, and how technology can facilitate an improved customer experience.
Number Eight: Ford Tested Autonomous Vehicles in Snow Before Anyone Else
Autonomous vehicles are one of the most up-and-coming technologies today. While most big automakers test autonomous vehicles in dry and sunny conditions, Ford tests their autonomous vehicles in the snow. The company’s fleet of fully autonomous vehicles is the largest of any automaker.
Number Seven: The Story Behind FordPass
Soon, the company will launch FordPass, which is designed to do for its consumers what iTunes did for music fans. FordPass will allow consumers to download an app for their smartphones, access a Marketplace that has various mobility services, and reap the loyalty membership benefits. The company plans to launch FordPass in April of this year.
Number Six: It Developed the First Wheelchair-Compatible SUV
The company recently got together with BraunAbility to create a wheelchair-accessible SUV – the first of its kind. The car is called the BraunAbility MXV and features sliding door technology, removable seats, and an in-floor ramp with the power to be lit up.
Number Five: Avoid Potholes With Ford’s Shock Absorber System
Developed for the 2017 Fusion V6 Sport, Ford’s computer-controlled shock absorber system helps to make driving down undeveloped roads as pleasant as possible. According to AAA, U.S. drivers spend about $3 billion every year on pothole damage, and Ford is helping to decrease this number.
Number Four: It’s Helping Consumers Control Their Cars From Their Homes
The company is currently working on technology that will allow consumers to pair their vehicles with smart home products or home automation devices. The company is working with Amazon Echo to integrate its SYNC Connect technology so consumers can control their cars with their voice. The technology will also allow customers to control their lights, home security systems, and garage doors remotely.
Number Three: Share a Lease With Ford Credit Link
If you’re located in Austin, Texas, then you should take advantage of Ford Credit Link, which allows small groups of people to share a vehicle lease. The groups can reserve drive time, keep up with routine maintenance, and communicate with each other through an app and a device that plugs into the shared vehicle.
Number Two: Police Love Ford
In 2015, an impressive 60 percent of all police vehicle sales in the United States were Fords. Specifically, many law enforcement officers use the Interceptor Utility and Interceptor Sedan vehicles. The doors of these special vehicles are being upgraded to stop a .30-caliber bullet shot from an extremely powerful rifle (such as an AK-47).
Number One: It’s the World’s Best-Selling Truck Brand
It’s true! The F-Series has been the best-selling pickup truck in the United States for 39 consecutive years, and it’s been the best-selling vehicle in the United States for 34 consecutive years. Thanks for reading!