(Posted on Mar 6, 2019 at 06:00PM by Kelsey McDonald)
Have you heard the news? Ford has been working with Argo AI to test how autonomous vehicles can benefit small businesses. Last summer, the innovative companies approached local enterprises - such as florists, dry cleaning services, and a boutique pet care shop - to find out if a program to transport goods utilizing self-driving automobiles would be useful to them and the answer was yes! They then simulated a trial using an application where the participants could request or schedule deliveries. It wasn't AV but had graphics and sensor attachments throughout it to gain insight on how people would use the technology.
Are you in the market for a new car? Unfortunately, you can’t buy an AV yet, but you can get a 2018 Ford EcoSport SE which makes running errands easy and convenient. The compact crossover (161.3” L and 69.5” W) is perfect for squeezing into tiny parking spots, yet it still has a mighty motor to help you jet around town in a hurry. Under the hood is a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine that generates 123 hp and 125 lb.-ft. of torque and can haul up to 2,000 lbs. Additionally, it gets an impressive EPA estimated fuel economy of 27 in the city and 29 on the highway (28 combined).
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