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Ford Motor Company announced at last week’s Gamescom that they are holding a contest that challenges video game developers to come up with answers for global mobility issues.

The Ford Smart Mobility Game Challenge, designed with the Cologne Game Lab, motivates game developers to transform the problem of blending various transportation modes within an urban area into enjoyable and engaging web based video games, as stated by the automaker. In the 1st week of August in Cologne, Gamescom 2015 held its interactive video games trade fair held in Europe.

Gamification has shown to be a great way to figure out real-life challenges in a number of areas. The learnings from the Ford Smart Mobility Game Challenge could possibly lead to innovative answers and completely new ways of blending urban transportation, with joined-up door-to-door trips. For example, the video games created could possibly reward participating commuters for successful trips, according to conditions like time-taken, price, convenience and comfort. In addition they might use personal info and technology like smart phones and watches, as per Ford.

The Smart Mobility Game Challenge is a component of Ford Smart Mobility — Ford’s attempt to transform how the world moves via innovation. The challenge tracks a new Ford-commissioned study of 5,500 transit riders in leading European urban centers that revealed most individuals regard their trip to work more nerve-racking than their real jobs. The finalists might be requested to integrate the fundamental information derived from this survey into their video game creation plans, as outlined by Ford.

Ford indicated they have selected gamification to expedite the progression of autonomous technological innovations and to enrich the experience of Ford ownership. Ford rewards SmartGauge technology owners for fuel- and driving in an energy-efficient way. The MyFord Mobile application allows drivers to wirelessly control the recharging of their electrically powered cars and displays carbon-dioxide reductions as exercise balls or even hot-air balloons. Ford is also using video gaming aspects in creating MoDe :Link, the prototype journey-planning app which is an element of the Handle on Mobility electric powered motorcycle experiment.

Games might reward commuters for walking or biking in nice weather conditions, and link them to services beyond public transportation, like Ford’s GoDrive car-sharing program. By motivating commuters to use under-utilized roads, video games might also help relieve congestion, as per Ford.

Gamification has been validated as an effective problem-solving device in research areas such as trying to find a cure for AIDS, in which a vital development was accomplished via the development of a web based video game named Foldit. Gamification is also helping scientists study cancer, and is incentivizing energy efficiency and also recycling programs, as stated by the automaker. See the newest Fords at Chapman Ford.

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Best All-Around Sports Coupe

It seems like the world has been waiting forever for the 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R, and now that it has arrived reviewers are saying it was well worth the wait. “Motor Trend,” one of the most trusted sources of consumer automotive news, is going as far as calling it the best all around sports coupe. From the 526-horsepower naturally aspirated engine to the magnetic ride that sheds potholes like a pig going through corn cobs, Motor Trend reviewers were effusive in their praise for this son of a Mustang. Check with the pros at your Scottsdale Ford dealer, Chapman Ford, to see about getting a test drive.

Shelby Puts the Engine in Engineering

Without getting overly technical, the GT350R’s new engine is Ford’s first attempt at building a production motor where the connecting rods are at 180-degrees to each other, as opposed to the standard 90-degree configuration. The result is a spine-melting 429 foot pounds of torque that sends a shiver through your whole body. The roar of this beast is enough to scare small animals and obtuse pedestrians that may be lost in their thoughts. When the baffles open all the way, you’ll be excused if you gasp just a bit at the sound of sheer power. Motor Trend estimates the 350R will run the quarter-mile in about 12 seconds at 120 miles per hour. It will take less than 4 seconds to get to 60 mph.

Choose Between GT350 and GT350R

Depending on your needs and your pocketbook, Ford has given you two choices for this super-powered Mustang. The GT350 is more of a standard vehicle, still with plenty of horsepower and get up and go, but lacking in the suspension and other features that make the GT350R a true race car. At $12,000 more than the GT350, Motor Trend’s reviewers say the GT350R is well worth the money. It’s faster, lighter and handles much better both in corners and on the straightaway. If, however, you need a back seat, you’d best go with the GT350. Rear seating was deemed an optional non-necessity on the GT350R. Check in with Chapman Ford to see all the differences between the two vehicles.

Then There’s the Mustang

If you love the look of America’s pony car but just can’t swing the price tag, of the GT350 or GT350R, consider a more practical version of the Mustang. The base model starts at just under $24,000 and still provides more fun than a night at the movies. There are a number of engine choices depending on whether you want power or fuel efficiency. Pick out a convertible and prepare to be the victim of an adoring public.

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Little Larger Four Cylinder Provides a World of Difference

As an option to previous versions of the Explorer, the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine was great when it came to fuel efficiency, but frankly disappointing in terms of performance. It just didn’t have enough oomph to power this full-size SUV, so Ford upped the ante for the 2016 model year and is now providing a 2.3-liter engine. Three-tenths of a liter may not sound like much, but that adds up to 40 more horsepower and 40 more foot pounds of torque. Reviewers say that is more than enough to justify the four extra miles per gallon on the highway over the V-6. Drive the new Ford Explorer today and test the performance for yourself with a visit to Chapman Ford.

Save a Few Bucks Initially With the V-6

Of course, if you’re planning on towing more than 3,000 pounds or just want the extra horsepower the V-6 provides, you can stick with that standard offering. The turbo 4-cylinder is a $995 option, so you just need to figure how many miles you’ll have to drive to earn back enough money for it to pay for itself. Another option is the 365-horsepower twin-turbocharged V-6 that comes on the Sport and new Platinum editions. Along with extra power, the Platinum model comes with every option possible including mesh-perforated leather seats, quality aluminum and wood ash trim and a 500-watt Sony stereo system. Finely-tuned suspension makes both the Sport and Platinum models handle very well on sharp mountain corners. Both vehicles will go from 0 to 60 mph in just under six seconds, which won’t win a drag race with a muscle car but will let you pass most anything on the road with little effort.

Platinum Not Only Model to Get Revised Interior

Although the Platinum Explorer is a sight to behold, some of the other Ford Explorer models have also received a revamped interior this year. The armrest is much more comfortable and the third row seating offers some of the most legroom in the industry.

Scale Down a Bit to Ford Flex to Save More

If you want the EcoBoost V-6 but want to save a few hundred dollars, you might consider the highly-stylized Ford Flex. This is a smaller vehicle than the Explorer but offers some modern lines along with standard navigation and blind spot warning. See both vehicles for yourself and then compare with a trip to Chapman Ford in Scottsdale.

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Visibility Tops Public Speaking as No. 1 Fear

A recent survey of the Orlando area showed that residents are more concerned about being able to see potential hazards in their car then they are about public speaking or heights. More than eight out of 10 Orlando residents are afraid of driving in low visibility situations. Ford is using that data to help promote new safety features that help alert drivers to potential hazards that might not be in the driver’s view. Ford’s smart mobility tour, which will also make trips to Seattle, Denver and Los Angeles, made a recent visit to the Orlando area to help drivers understand safety features like blind spot alert and semi-autonomous driving that will make the roads safer. You can visit Chapman Ford in Scottsdale to learn more about Ford’s safety features.

Mobility Transitioning From Experimental Stage

“Our smart mobility vision at Ford is about changing the way the world moves,” according to Ken Washington, Ford vice president of research. “We are transitioning from experimentation to the start of implementation. Our goal is to make people’s lives better by helping them more easily navigate to where they want to go.” One way Ford hopes to make navigation easier is the Go Drive car sharing pilot. By using ideas started by companies like Uber and Lyft, Ford is promoting ride sharing to help cut down on traffic as well as the expense of owning a vehicle.

Multimodal Commutes Under Exam

For some cities, it’s not practical to drive your car from home directly to the office. Ford is currently studying how using electric bicycles and other mobile technology to make commutes faster, less stressful and less expensive. Labled “MoDe,” the electric bicycle experiments are three-pronged at the moment. One trial is geared at keeping commuters moving during traffic jams, another stows an electric bike or bikes in a Ford Transit van, and the third involves a configurable bike that can adjust to different types of terrain. All the bikes work with the MoDe: Link app, which can be used with a smart watch.

More Ford Brands Have Autonomous Safety Features

Of all the automakers in the United States, Ford offers the most brands with features like active park assist, lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert and blind spot monitoring. Along with the standard sedans and coupes, Ford provides this technology in the F-150 and SUVs. See how Ford continues to push the envelope in safety technology by examining the Ford inventory at your Chapman Ford dealership in Scottsdale.

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Ford Takes Luxury SUV to Another Level

If, as the song says, “diamonds are a girl’s best friend,” then platinum must rank as a very close second. Sink into the leather interior of the new Ford Explorer Platinum edition and you’ll understand why the company says it is “redefining” what people expect from their SUV. The Nirvana leather interior features micro-perforation, an industry-first that allows the material to breathe and stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Look for the new decked-out Explorer to hit the showroom at Chapman Ford this month. Along with the plush seating, Ford has added a 500-watt Sony stereo system. “Platinum is the ultimate expression of refinement,” said Michael Arbaugh, chief designer for the Explorer. “This is the most upscale, high quality interior we’ve ever offered in a Ford vehicle in North America.”

High Quality Materials Used Throughout

Along with the leather and the stereo, Ford has upgraded the interior trim features using polished aluminum and ash wood on the dash and door panels. The steering wheel is wrapped with both wood and leather to add a touch of sophistication. It’s even heated to make those cold winter mornings more bearable. Add colors like ceramic or ebony with an anthracite headliner. Other new features that scream luxury include smart device chargers that bring your smartphones and tablets up to full power twice as fast as conventional chargers. A hands-free rear gate requires just the swipe of your foot to open, leaving your hands to carry bags or corral your kids.

EcoBoost Engine Delivers Power and Efficiency

The 3.5-liter, 6-cylinder EcoBoost engine delivers 365 horsepower and 350 foot pounds of torque, which makes it perfect for towing. If you need a little more fuel efficiency, Ford is now offering a 2.3-liter, four cylinder EcoBoost that provides an amazing 280 horsepower while getting 28 miles per gallon on the highway. This is the first year you can also get four-wheel drive capability along with a four-cylinder engine. The Platinum Explorer comes with an intelligent four-wheel drive system that is continually reassessing road conditions to make sure the right amount of power is delivered to each wheel. The Terrain Management System is 20 times as fast as a human response, making sure you have the best possible traction and handling on sketchy surfaces. Torque is shifted between the front and back axles to help maintain efficiency even in off-road conditions. Drive the new Platinum Explorer for yourself and see what luxury truly means by taking a trip to Chapman Ford in Scottsdale.