Ford Pedestrian Detection: Saving Lives with Innovative Technologies

In order to prevent as many collisions as possible, Ford engineers have been hard at work developing the Ford Pedestrian Detection system. Believe it or not, pedestrians are injured every eight minutes in a car crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The new Ford system can help eliminate these accidents.

According to Ford, Pedestrian Detection works by predicting movement and activating a series of safety systems. The vehicles will use radar and camera technology in order to scan the road ahead for potential collisions and detect pedestrians. If the driver doesn’t react, the car will activate full brake force in order to bring the vehicle to a halt.

“Since we are trying to avoid a collision that hasn’t happened yet, prediction of the future is an inherent part of the puzzle,” says Scott Lindstrom, Ford driver assist technologies manager. “Having a huge cache of data – based on real-world driving conditions – helps our system be smart enough to determine what may happen in a second that has not yet even occurred.”

This system can work at any time of day in any weather condition, at speeds up to 50 miles per hour. Ford Pedestrian Technology has been tested for over 500,000 miles on 12 separate vehicles. It operates on more than 240 terabytes of test data—which is more than 20.4 trillion books worth of information. Few companies compare to Ford when it comes to collision technology.

Changing Your Air Filter: Proper Maintenance

changing your air filter

Changing your air filter is one the most important things to keep in mind during the fall. Not only will this regular service improve performance and efficiency, it can also help to extend the life of your car. Read on to learn more about the benefits of changing your air filter.

According to Cars Direct, one of the major benefits of replacing your air filter is increasing efficiency. Believe it or not, a dirty filter can clog airflow and reduce fuel economy by up to 14 percent. Because cars rely on smooth air flow in order to maintain combustion, a poor air supply could lead to poor gas mileage.

In addition to improving gas mileage, changing the air filter will reduce emissions as well. When air supply is low during the combustion process, this can lead to a rich air-fuel mixture. Not only will this increase the amounts of particulates that come out of the tailpipe, it can also damage emissions-control components like the catalytic convertor or O2 sensors.

When should you replace your air filter? The average driver should get a new filter every 12,000 to 15,000 miles. That’s roughly once a year. Even if an air filter looks clean, it’s a good idea to get a new one when the time comes. If you’ve had your filter for less than a year, you can also spray it out with compressed air to try and eliminate any buildup.

Cute Car-Themed Halloween Costumes for Kids

car-themed Halloween costumes

Like cars? We here at Robbie Roberson Ford sure do, and so do a lot of little kids. Why not celebrate your littles one’s love for cars by dressing them up in a car-themed Halloween costume? It may not be as common as, say, a ghost or whatever cartoon is popular this year, but it’s a fun and cool undertaking that will make your trick-or-treater stand out.

Mario Kart characters: What’s an easier costume than a red shirt and overalls? Throw in a makeshift go-kart and you’ve got yourself a great outfit that everyone will recognize.

Batman in the Batmobile: Every child goes through a Batman phase at some point. Add to the fun with a Batmobile they can sit in.

Ice Cream Truck: Build a large van your child can sit in, and then decorate it with pictures of real – or made up – frozen dessert products as well as cute pastels and designs.

A Mini Cooper: Not many cars are as recognizable as a Mini Cooper. Once you’ve got the spherical headlights and the contrasting paint stripes and roof down, everyone will know what you’re going for.

A Transformer: This one’s for the ambitious costumers. If you’re up to the task, trying making a Transformers costume for your kid that actually transforms. It has been done!

There are lots of other great ideas for car-themed Halloween costumes out there, too. Take a glance around or try to brainstorm some of your own!

19th Annual Gram Parsons Guitar Pull and Tribute Festival

Gram Parsons Guitar Pull and Tribute Festival

September 23rd kicks off the 19th annual Gram Parsons Guitar Pull and Tribute Festival at the Okefenokee Fairgrounds. Celebrate the country legend who spent his youth in Waycross, Georgia. The festival pays tribute to Gram Parsons’ Cosmic American Soul music, which paved a new path for songwriters across America.

What started as a friends-only guitar pull in 1998 at one of the festival founder’s homes has turned into a national event. Expect to see kids and adults of all ages participate in the Gram Parsons Guitar Pull. Primitive camping is free with the price of admission, but if you’d rather stay elsewhere, a wristband allows you to come in and out of the festival as you please.

Arrive Friday afternoon and set up your tent in time to catch acts like Donna Frost, Laurel Lee and the Escapees, and Back City Woods perform. Saturday you can spend time cooking over a fire or checking out local vendors before catching the next round of performers, ending with Devils in Disguise. The winners of this year’s Gram Parsons Guitar Pull Songwriting Contest will perform too. Those aspiring songwriters who missed out on the contest this year had better start preparing their submissions for the 2017 festival now. This Waycross event only plans to get bigger!

Three Tailgating Essentials For Beginners

Tailgating essentials

Football season is back again, which means it’s time to perfect your tailgating skills. You may think it’s simple—show up, snack and hang out. But you know what they say: Anything worth doing is worth doing right! Follow these tailgating essentials to make the most of your experiences this season.

Make a Checklist

Nothing says “prepared” like a list made in advance and checked off the day of. Think of the essentials (chairs, cups, utensils, napkins, a cooler, a bottle opener) and the things that will vary person by person (beer, nonalcoholic drinks, snacks, music, games). You may revise the list the more you tailgate, which just means you’ll be a pro by the end of the season.

Pack Up Ahead of Time

If tailgating is a common occurrence for you, there’s no harm in having a tailgating kit. Keep a cooler together with the non-perishables from your list of essentials, like paper plates, cups and utensils, rolls of paper towels, sunscreen, or a first aid kit. When it’s almost game time, all you’ll have to pack up are the food and drinks. Prepare food as much as possible the night before, so that veggies are already cut and burgers are already formed when it’s time to light up the grill.

Use the Space

Make the most of your vehicle as an accessory to your tailgating. Tie a helium balloon to your antenna so that friends can find you easily. Turn your trunk into a drink station by throwing a table cloth down and laying out beverages and cups. Add a canopy and a banner with your team’s name, and invite your neighbors over for a drink.

Best Summer Activities

Best Summer Activities

Making the most of summer is something everyone strives to do, but many fall short. Not every summer day has to be an action-packed adventure, though. In fact, some of the best days involve just sitting back, relaxing, and enjoying the breeze (if there is one). From us here at Robbie Roberson Ford, here are some of the best summer activities that will provide rest and relaxation for days to come.

  • Picnic – Having a potluck picnic is a great way to bring friends and family together for some delicious food and entertaining conversation. Having each person bring a dish and prepare for a day of fun. You could also throw a backyard summer bash for your neighborhood as well!
  • Canoeing – Taking the family out on the lake in an old-fashioned canoe is one way to spend the day. Another is to tip it over (if everyone involved can swim) and make all the occupants go for a dip. At least they’ll cool off!
  • Yard Sale – While a yard sale can be held any time of year, hosting one in summer is a great way to get people active and get rid of things you don’t need. As an added bonus, you’ll be able to finish that spring cleaning you’ve been putting off!