Ford Files Patent for Automated Police Car

Automated Police CarRobot police forces are an idea largely reserved for movies, but Ford seems motivated to make them a reality, at least as far as cars go, as the American automaker recently filed a patent for an automated police car. Filing a patent doesn’t necessary mean we’ll see the idea coming to a road near you, but it does show that Ford is open to exploring the possibility.

In theory, the automated police car would be able to issue citations and tickets to vehicles violating the laws and regulations of the road. The car would be able to use roadside sensors and cameras as well as operate independently. If an offending vehicle deserved more than a ticket or citation, the automated police car could follow it.

The police car would be able to wirelessly connect to a vehicle to communicate with the driver. From there, it would be able to determine whether the offending vehicle deserved a ticket or citation.

This latest patent is a sign Ford is taking the next generation of technology seriously. With a goal of building autonomous vehicles by 2021, the American automaker is continuing to utilize all of its resources to develop self-driving technology.

While we here at Robbie Roberson Ford won’t have any automated police cars rolling off our lot anytime soon, we can at least hope to see more advanced systems on our Ford vehicles in the future.

Ford F-150 Diesel Engine Finally Unveiled

F-150 diesel engineThe moment we have all been waiting for is finally here: you can finally place your order for a 2018 Ford F-150 equipped with a diesel engine. Ford announced the F-150 diesel engine will be an all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke® diesel.

This amazing engine will deliver a best-in-class 11,400 pounds of towing capacity, 2,020 pounds of payload capacity, an EPA-estimated 30 mpg highway, and best-in-class diesel power, with 250 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque.*

“For every truck owner who wants strong fuel economy while they tow and haul, we offer a new 3.0-liter Power Stroke® V6 engine that dreams are made of,” said Dave Filipe, vice president global powertrain engineering. “The more you tow and the longer you haul, the more you’ll appreciate its class-leading towing and payload capacity and how efficient it is at the pump.”

Thanks to the F-150’s military-grade, aluminum-alloy body, Ford engineers were able to invest in new technologies for this diesel engine. This means this engine is designed to tow under grueling conditions, while still delivering great fuel efficiency.

If you have been waiting for the arrival of the F-150 diesel engine, stop by Robbie Roberson Ford today to place your order. The diesel-equipped trucks will begin arriving this spring.

*Final EPA F-150 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel fuel economy estimates will be published this spring.

Winter Events along the Georgia Coast

events along the Georgia CoastIt may be winter here in America, but in Georgia, we still get to enjoy mild weather all season long, so although much of the country of bundled up indoors, that doesn’t mean we have to. In fact, here are some great winter events along the Georgia coast that you should consider attending.

  • Sharktooth Sandbar Paddle. Head to Fort McAllister State Park the weekend of January 20th to join a family-friendly canoe paddle around the salt marshes.
  • Old Time Oyster Roast. The Kingsland Lions Club will be hosting its annual Old-Time Oyster Roast February 3rd from 6-8pm. If you love some good seafood and fun, get your tickets to this great event.
  • Mardi Gras Festival. You don’t have to be in New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras. Head down to Mary’s on Saturday, February 10th for a family-friendly festival that features a parade, food, bicycle tour, 5K, and more.
  • Whiskey, Wine, & Wildlife. This festival can potentially include three of your favorite things—food, good drinks, and animals. This event benefits the Jekyll Island Foundation and takes place February 8th-11th on the island.

If you need a new family hauler before you head out on your winter adventures, come visit us at Robbie Roberson Ford.

Top Three Indoor Winter Activities in Georgia

indoor winter activitiesThe weather is starting to cool off, but that doesn’t mean you have to let the cabin fever set in yet. There are plenty of fun indoor winter activities to do around Georgia that would make for an awesome day trip with your family. Enjoy these fun activities—as well as the warm indoors— whenever you’re bored this winter.

Go to the Theatre

No, we don’t mean the movies. There are a variety of historical theatres around Georgia that put on beautiful live plays. Atlanta’s Fox Theatre is renowned far and wide for its stunning, mosque-inspired architecture, and Cotton Hall in Colquitt is known for its unique setting as a former cotton warehouse.

Take the Train

Ever want to know what it was like to ride an old-fashioned passenger train? Check out the Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad or the steam and diesel locomotives at the Georgia State Railroad Museum. You can also check out the SAM Shortline in Georgia Veterans State Park.

Head to a Museum

Georgia has an incredible rich history. Why not head to the Old School History Museum and Uncle Remus Museum in Eatonton, or check out the Laurel & Hardy Museum of Harlem? There’s also the Rural Telephone Museum in Leslie for a unique perspective of Georgia’s past.

These indoor winter activities in Georgia are family-friendly and sure to keep you and your loved ones both entertained and warm.

Unforgettable Winter Destinations in Georgia

destinations in GeorgiaDon’t let the change of the season keep you from exploring your state this winter. There are dozens of amazing winter destinations in Georgia that we could recommend. Here are three of our favorites from the team at Robbie Roberson Ford.

Blood Mountain

If you’re looking to leave the warmth of Southern Georgia behind, head north to Blood Mountain. It’s a six hour drive from Robbie Roberson Ford in Waycross, but worth the day trip for a cozy night spent in a cabin. Blood Mountain is one of the highest peaks in the state, so bundle up and make the hike for an incredible view, then retreat to your warm winter cabin.

Cloudland Canyon

Make a long weekend of your North Georgia adventures and drive west from Blood Mountain to visit Cloudland Canyon. The frozen waterfalls are a breathtaking sight to see. It’s a totally different experience than visiting in the summer, making this a special winter destination that is well worth the drive.

Atlanta Botanical Gardens

When you’re ready for a Holiday-themed adventure, you won’t want to miss a trip to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Here you’ll find one of the most incredible displays of Christmas Lights this side of the Mississippi.

Best Road Trip in Georgia

Best Road Trip in GeorgiaTraveling along the Georgia coastline offers a vast array of wonderful sights and attractions. The 100-mile journey could be completed in a few hours. Alternatively, those looking to see everything the area has to offer can make it into a four-day venture. Here’s the best road trip in Georgia recommended by us here at Robbie Roberson Ford.

Savannah

There are few places more pleasant and lively than Savannah, Georgia. Otherwise known as the oldest city in Georgia, 1,600 historic structures remain standing to this day. They blend with modern architecture for a sight you won’t find anywhere else.

Tybee Island

Once you’re seen everything Savannah has to offer, it’s time to head to Tybee Island. Also known as Savannah’s Beach, the island offers chartered ecological tours, condos, and much more. Visitors will enjoy freshly caught dinner at one of the many restaurants on Tybee Island.

Darien

Darien is a historic community and home to one of the largest shrimp fleets in the United States. Travelers will enjoy a leisurely ferry ride to Sapelo Island to take in a few sights they won’t find anywhere else.

Golden Isles

The Golden Isles a few rather unique islands that offer new experience and scenic sights. Jekyll Island maybe relatively remote, but there’s still plenty to see and do, like visit the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. Driftwood Beach is there for a little rest and relaxation after a much-need road trip.

6 Gorgeous Southern Road Trips To Take This Summer

Southern Road TripsThe spring and summer months are the ultimate time of year for a road trip, and there are few places more beautiful than the American South. Not sure where to begin? Check out this list of Southern road trips:

  • Explore Florida from top to bottom, which covers more than 100 miles.
  • Make your way through Louisiana, bite by bite, via this Gumbo Trail.
  • Drive through South Carolina and enjoy the freshest peaches, right from the source.
  • Consider this Texas Hill Country roadtrip, where beautiful scenery and peaceful roads await you.
  • Carve your way through the 521,000-acre Great Smoky Mountains National Park, prepared with picnics and campfire equipment.
  • Lastly, and family would love a road trip that ends in Orlando, Florida, home to Disneyworld and much more.

Wherever you decide to go, be sure to pack excess fresh water, plenty of sunscreen, and protective sunglasses. It’s also a good idea to map out your route ahead of time and make note of any emergency stop opportunities along the way.

For more car trip tips or to take one of our new Ford models out on a test drive, give us a call or pay us a visit anytime, here at Robbie Roberson Ford!

Ford SmartLink Upgrades Brings Older Cars Up-to-Date

Ford SmartLink Upgrades
The fantastic Ford SmartLink upgrades simply involve plugging a simple device into the OBD II port under the steering wheel.

Brand new cars can be equipped with some amazing technology, including things like Wi-Fi, remote start, vehicle health monitors, and more. But if you’ve been envying this technology from afar, you won’t have to anymore thanks to Ford.

Ford engineers have created an ingenious device called SmartLink that can give certain 2010-2016 model year Ford and Lincoln cars access to these and other great features.

The Ford SmartLink upgrades simply involve plugging a simple device into the OBD II port under the steering wheel. This device will then open up the world to vehicles not equipped with a modem.

After the update, owners should be able to enjoy Wi-Fi capable of supporting up to eight devices at once, remote connectivity to their vehicle, health and location alerts, and more. Owners will be able to connect to their vehicles through a companion app or Web Portal where they can activate features, see alerts, and even schedule service appointments.

“Ford SmartLink will surprise and delight owners of recent model-year vehicles by adding some of today’s most popular connectivity features” said Stephen Odell, executive vice president, Global Marketing, Sales and Service.

The Ford SmartLink upgrades will be available here at Robbie Roberson Ford starting this summer.

New Ford Mustang Convertible Unveiled

The Ford Mustang is known among enthusiasts as the original pony car that inspired the birth of the muscle car segment. The automaker recently unveiled the new and improved Mustang convertible following the debut of the coupe model. Both models will go on sale later this fall, much to the pleasure of performance lovers.

The new Ford Mustang convertible followed the unveiling of the coupe model at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. Like the coupe, the convertible will see plenty of styling upgrades as well.

For starters, both models will receive standard LED lights and a new customizable 12-inch digital instrument display. A refreshed hood and new fascias are on the docket as well. For the first time in more than 20 years, the Mustang won’t see a V6 engine in the lineup.

Instead, the 2018 Ford Mustang will see the addition of a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that churns out a whopping 310 hp. The signature 5.0-liter V8 engine will keep its spot under the pony car’s hood.

While the new Ford Mustang convertible wasn’t on display at the Detroit Auto Show, it will head to more than 50 regional auto shows across the United States.

We here at Robbie Robberson Ford couldn’t be more excited about the new Ford Mustang convertible!

Return of the Ford Raptor

There are few full-size pickups as tough, capable, and reputable as the Ford Raptor. The highly-regarded pickup is making a comeback for the 2017 model year, much to the delight of enthusiasts everywhere. The return of the Ford Raptor is certainly something to be excited about, especially once you get a glimpse at what lies beneath the hood.

The Ford Raptor comes stocked with a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine that delivers a thrilling 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque and comes mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. That engine replaces the old 6.2-liter V8 that produced just 411 hp.

The new 10-speed automatic transmission, co-developed with General Motors for use in trucks and sports cars, features a switch on the steering wheel that can run through six driving modes. Drivers can choose between Normal, Sport, Weather, Mud/Sand, Baja, and Rock Crawl modes to optimize their ride over rough terrain.

The new Ford Raptor is more efficient than its predecessor, earning up to an EPA-estimated 15 mpg city/18 mpg highway. All-wheel drive comes standard and the Raptor is capable of hitting 60 mph in just over five seconds.

We here at Robbie Robberson Ford are pumped for the return of the Ford Raptor!