Ford’s new 2021 F-150 will have the option to drive itself on highways, albeit with human supervision, as the company expands its Active Drive Assist package. Announced last week as an option for the upcoming Mustang Mach-E electric crossover, Active Drive Assist uses eye- and head-tracking to make sure the person at the wheel is paying attention to the road, even if their hands aren’t on the wheel.
While adaptive cruise control systems with lane-keeping aren’t new, typically they demand some sort of contact with the wheel in order for the system to be convinced the driver is still paying attention. On some systems that’s torque-based – tracking movement on the wheel – while, rarer, it can also use contact sensors. Either way, though, it’s not the most relaxed way to cruise.
Active Drive Assist, however, will allow you to take your hands off the wheel completely, just as long as you’re still paying attention to the road situation. It’ll work on divided highways with controlled on/off-ramps, with over 100,000 miles of such roads across the US and Canada promised to support the system at launch. If you’re not paying attention, meanwhile, Active Drive Assist will flash up warnings and potentially even bring the F-150 to a halt.
Unfortunately, as with the Mustang Mach-E, it won’t be ready for the 2021 F-150’s arrival this fall in US dealerships. Instead, Ford is going to take a two-phase approach.
From launch, the new F-150 will be offered with an Active Drive Assist prep pack. That will add all the relevant hardware to the truck, so that it’s physically ready for the functionality when it leaves the factory. All that will be missing is the software.
That will follow on in summer 2021, Ford says. It’ll be available as either an over-the-air (OTA) update, using the F-150’s embedded 4G LTE modem, or by taking the truck into a dealership. Either way, there’ll be a charge for the software, though Ford hasn’t said how much that will be yet.
Clearly, we’re still far from a fully-autonomous vehicle, even one which is limited in where it can self-drive without supervision. All the same, F-150 owners often put plenty of miles on their trucks over the course of a year, and a sizable proportion of that driving can be on highways. That could well make Active Drive Assist even more useful on the new pickup than it is on the electric crossover, though we’ll have to wait until next year to see just how well it performs in the real world.
The Special Detail Hidden On The Cadillac Escalade-V
If the V badge means anything in a Caddy, you can think of it as Popeye after devouring a can of spinach. The Escalade-V has a 6.2-liter supercharged gas-fed V8 engine derived from the hardcore CT5-V Blackwing. However, Cadillac engineers gave the mill a more substantial 2.65-liter R2650 TVS supercharger with four-lobe rotors capable of spinning to a heady 13,500 rpm. Pumping out up to 10 pounds of boost accessible with a heavy right foot, the Escalade-V offers 682 horsepower and 653 lb-ft of torque, making it the world’s most powerful full-size luxury SUV. In addition, the blown V8 churns out maximum torque from 4,400 rpm, which means you get ultimate shove without burying the go-pedal, a trait that most luxury car or SUV buyers love.
Sure, the Escalade is an opulent (albeit pricey) family SUV, but the V badge and magnificent supercharged V8 have given it a renewed vigor. According to Cadillac, the Escalade-V could sprint from zero to 60 mph in under 4.4 seconds. It could also breach the quarter-mile run in 12.74 seconds at 110 mph. For context, the Escalade-V has more power than a Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 and is faster than a RAM TRX at the dragstrip. Who says you can’t have fun in a three-row luxury SUV?
Today’s Wordle Answer #382 – July 6, 2022 Solution And Hints
The answer to Wordle’s July 6, 2022, edition is the word fluff. When it comes to an etymological analysis, there isn’t much meat to the puzzle here. A close predecessor is the word floow (also spelled as flue), which refers to a wooly substance. There’s a Flemish term called vluwe and a French word velu meaning hairy or shaggy that are said to be earlier variants of the word. Some say that the world fluff is an imitative modification of the word floow, which describes the act of puffing a light substance. Another theory is that fluff came out from the merger of flue and puff.
There’s also a movie that was released in 2020 by the name “Fluff,” but you haven’t likely seen it unless names like John Pallotta, Wesley Green, Brian Anthony Wilson, and Gina Martino ring a bell. Fluff sandwich is also a delicacy in the New England region; it gets its name from the light filling that is predominantly marshmallow with jelly or peanut butter, and is colloquially referred to as the fluffernutter.
Samsung’s Foldable Phones Could Get Much Cheaper In The Near Future
During the restructuring of its smartphone branding scheme, Samsung adopted the A letter for its mid-range phones, reserving M for entry-level devices (spoiler: the three phone families now spell S, A, M). The Galaxy A series usually has some resemblance to flagship Galaxy S phones, particularly in design, but often skimps out on other hardware components like the processor, memory, and cameras. According to an insider source (via ETnews), Samsung will be using the same tactic to bring down its foldable prices to a more agreeable level.
The report doesn’t say which corners will allegedly be cut to reach that lower price point, though it does mention only having core functions installed. If there is one thing that Samsung can’t skimp on, however, it is the durability of the foldable phone and the materials it will use. If a cheap foldable phone with an already fragile display is easily damaged, it will only serve to scare potential buyers away rather than increase confidence in the product line.
Samsung will reportedly target a price of 1 million KRW, which is roughly $770 USD and therefore considerably cheaper than even the Galaxy Z Flip 3 model’s price tag. This won’t be happening anytime soon, though, as the pieces are unlikely to fall into place until 2024 — presumably when foldable displays themselves have become less expensive to make. Samsung’s timeline might also be influenced by Apple’s foldable plans, as the Korean company will most likely want to have its brand well-established in that market before the first foldable iPhone or iPad launch.
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