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Why Ford Is Developing Technology to Avoid Traffic Jams

Ford Motor Company is an American automobile maker having it’s headquarter in Michigan, Dearborn which is recognized as a suburb of Detroit. The company sells it automobiles under two brand names Lincoln and Ford. Ford Motor Company is investigating, exploring and developing intellectual, next-generation driving technologies specifically designed to facilitate address future mobility challenges that draws closer with fast urbanization and population growth all over the world. The company is doing it as a blueprint for mobility and to meet up with the mobility challenges due to the overcrowded cities and streets.

The company is expanding its sector and investigating on Traffic Jam Assist which is an intelligent driving aspect that puts into everything from technology to features that are already available in all the cars recognized under this brand. Ford already holds features such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Active Park Assist, Ford Powershift transmission and Lane Keeping Aid to keep up the same pace with the other leading automakers.

The company’s other prototypes such as an advanced version of active park assist and Traffic Jam Assist came up to provide perpendicular hands free parking. It is basically designed in such a manner so that it can interact with the surroundings of the vehicle, lessen the stress of the driver and facilitate you to reduce traffic gridlock.

The Ford’s chief technical executive and the vice president in Research and Innovation Paul Mascarenas said that developing these kinds of technologies is a part of the first step in any journey toward a more connected and improved future. It’s an undertaking that is believed to save much of time, conserve the resources, lower emissions, enhance safety and help reduce driver stress.

To further emphasize on the significance that Ford is giving on enhancing the safety for the drivers together with the passengers, the company will be the very first automaker to initiate seatbelt airbags on a conventional car. This kind of safety feature opportunity will be present in the future Ford Mondeo model that will come up for sale in Europe in the year 2013.

The thought unites the conventional seatbelt together with the airbag technology in turn to put forward an additional level of protection guard for rear-seat inhabitants. The data that was released by the brand Ford features that the inflatable lap belt set up in 40 milliseconds and stretches the crash force above an area is five times bigger than the conventional seatbelts.

The Traffic Jam Assist technology makes use of radar as well as camera to help the auto keep proper pace with the other vehicles in case there is traffic and offers automated steering control to keep the driver stress free.

Joseph Urhahne, engineer with Ford Research and Innovation said “that the drivers use up more than 30 percent of their time in heavy traffic on any busy roads. Traffic Jam Assist could help make traveling through congested roads a more comforting experience and by keeping tempo with the flow of traffic potentially will help reduce road congestion.”

The new innovative system will help to keep the drivers calm and allow them to focus on their driving. Thus, you can reach your destination much faster.

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Jad is associated with many car and technology communities including this automobile blog and love to write articles about Cars and Bikes.He is passionate about cars like Jaguar, BMW and you can check his blog http://gearheads.org/ for more details.

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7 Sure Ways Your Blog Will Never Generate Traffic!

Blogs are a great forum to share your opinion, ideas and expertise. But the philosophy of build it and they will come is not true in the world of the web. Millions of blogs exist and without some work, yours is at risk of falling deep in the search results among the others never to be read.
Here are a few sure fire ways to guarantee that you will not see any traffic on your blog.
1. Close yourself off – Guest blogging and accepting guest blog posts alike is a great way to keep your page current and to build backlinks to your content. By encouraging others to post on your blog, you gain their help in promoting their database of readers to come see what they have to say on your site. In turn, when you guest blog on other people’s blogs, you do the same by getting your content in front of new sets of eyes.
2. Pay no attention to design – The look and feel of your blog directly impacts whether a person wants to stay on your site when they arrive or whether they feel like running. When you design a blog that looks appealing, people will be more likely to read what you have to say. If your content is compelling enough, you will have a repeat visitor and a loyal fan that will help spread the word about your site to their network of friends.
3. Participate on other sites – One great way to get found is to participate in discussions online. This can be done by leaving comments on blogs or answering questions on sites such as Quora. When you do this, you tell the world that you are an expert in a particular topic. If they want to read more, you could easily get high quality leads going to your blog to consume your content.
4. Give no way to subscribe – Do not expect to be remembered tomorrow by the people who visited you today. Instead, take your opportunity to stay in front of them by having an easy way to subscribe. Drive subscriptions by making your subscribe box visible and noteworthy so people have no choice but to see it.
5. Become a hermit – Believe it or not, even though your blog and business are online, meeting people face to face is still one of the best ways to drive people to your site. When you become a hermit you lose touch with the world and fail to network in a meaningful way that can help your business and blog grow. Instead, attend conferences and get out and meet people at local networking events as often as you can.
6. Disengage with your readers – People generally go to a blog to gain some sort of information. However, when there is no engagement, they may feel as if their voice is not being heard and may not have as much desire to engage with you. Instead, ask questions in your blog posts, survey your readers and find new ways to get them to post comments on your blog that will make them feel more invested in what you have to say.
7. Avoid controversy – This is a difficult one but without getting involved in current topics or events, you lose out on the ability to start a conversation on your site about something important and help generate traffic in that way. Your blog is your forum to voice an opinion and controversial topics are a great way to do this. But remember, always leave the forum open for others to voice their opinions back in return and start a conversation instead of a dispute.
Blogging can be a great way to generate traffic, but without doing it right your blog could be left flat and without the visitors you need to succeed.

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Patrick Del Rosario is part of the team behind Open Colleges, one of Australia’s pioneer and leading providers of Open Colleges Management Courses and diploma of management. When not working, Patrick enjoys blogging about career and business. Patrick is also a photography enthusiast and is currently running a photography studio in the Philippines. If you have a blog and would like free content. You can find him on Google+ or drop a line at patrick (at) oc.edu.au.

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‘Facebook’s unique visitors slip in May’

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook’s US user numbers dwindled in May from April and March, according to data compiled by research firm comScore, in the latest sign that growth may be leveling off at the No. 1 social network.

Last month, Facebook attracted 158.01 million unique visitors in the United States, edging lower from 158.69 million in April and 158.93 million in March, comScore said.

Keeping users coming back — or combating fatigue — is crucial for all social media services, analysts say. Facebook is consistently trotting our new features, including the “Timeline” interface rolled out this year, and more are expected with the deal to acquire popular photo-sharing app Instagram.

ComScore has changed how it counts users, making year-ago comparisons harder. Under its old methods, comScore previously said Facebook had 157.22 million visitors in May 2011, which would make Wednesday’s data a year-on-year increase of just 0.5 percent.

The changes comScore made generally reduce user numbers, so in an apples-to-apples comparison, user growth would look slightly bigger, a comsScore spokesman said.

Users spent an average of 380.8 minutes, or more than six hours, on the site in May this year, up slightly from 378.9 minutes in April.

In April last year, as measured under comScore’s old techniques, users spent 374.9 minutes on the site.

Facebook was heavily criticized for the handling of its initial public offering in May, and critics have also questioned the efficacy of its ads.

One oft-cited reason for buying Facebook stock was the company’s rapid growth.

The company’s shares debuted at $38, but dipped well into the $20s before recovering some ground in recent weeks. On Wednesday shares closed at $31.60, down about 1 percent.

About two out of five people polled by Reuters and Ipsos Public Affairs said they used Facebook every day. Nearly half of the Facebook users polled spent about the same amount of time on the social network as six months ago.

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