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Ford Transforming Old Detroit Neighborhood Into Heart of Its Mobility Push

“The Factory” will become headquarters of its autonomous and electric drive programs.

by on Dec.15, 2017

Ford is moving its autonomous vehicle and EV business and strategy teams to "The Factory" in Detroit's Historic Corktown neighborhood.

A long-abandoned building, long known as “The Factory” to residents of Detroit’s old Corktown neighborhood, is getting not only a complete makeover, but also the chance to play a role in the dramatic makeover of both the Motor City and the Ford Motor Co.

Ford is renovating the facility to become the headquarters of its aggressive push into autonomous technology and electrified vehicles. About 220 employees will move to the site, 20 minutes from its main corporate campus in the western suburb of Dearborn.

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One of the advantages of the new location, which is in one of the hottest neighborhoods in a fast-reviving city, is the appeal it will have to the young programmers and other employees Ford hopes to hire, says Sherif Marakby, the director of the autonomous and electrified unit, which has been dubbed Team Edison. (more…)

ITS World Congress Reveals Innovations, Conundrums

Glimpse into automotive future winds down in Detroit.

by on Sep.11, 2014

By 2017, the Cadillac CTS will be equipped with V2V technology, which tells the driver about coming vehicles before they can be seen and avoiding a collision.

While flying cars, a la The Jetsons, didn’t zip around Detroit this week, much of what was predicted for future motorists did make an appearance during the 2014 ITS World Congress.

More than 10,000 people trekked to conference that focused on a theme of “Reinventing Transportation in our Connected World.” Showgoeers saw a plethora of “intelligent” vehicles with capabilities ranging from simply improving driver reflexes to removing the driver from the equation entirely.

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Honda’s idea of semi-autonomous driving revolves around a prototype Acura RLX sedan using cameras to monitor lane markings and radar sensors on the front and sides of the vehicle. (more…)

Burgess Returns to Detroit News

Outspoken autowriter resumes critic role after paper’s apology.

by on Mar.24, 2011

Detroit News auto critic Scott Burgess during an appearance on Auto Line Live.

Scott Burgess, the often-outspoken auto writer who quit after his critical review of the Chrysler 200 was censored by the Detroit News, has returned to the paper following its decision to apologize to readers and the reporter.

A former correspondent for the U.S. military’s Stars and Stripes, Burgess resigned, a week ago, when the Detroit News told him to soften a Chrysler review that had appeared in print before it was copied onto the paper’s website.  Initially, Burgess agreed but then decided to resign due to what he felt were the unacceptable reasons behind the editorial changes.

In a weekend mea culpa, News Editor and Publisher Jonathan Wolman agreed that it was inappropriate for editorial policies to be dictated by an angry advertiser.  He offered an apology to both readers and Burgess.  (For more, Click Here.)

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It is still not clear which advertiser initially pressured the paper for changes, though sources say it was not Chrysler.  Indications are that it was a Chrysler dealer worried about the impact of Burgess’ critique on already soft demand for the new Chrysler compact.


Detroit News Now Fully Apologizes for Changing Chrysler Review

Publisher promises advertisers won’t dictate reviews.

by on Mar.19, 2011

Detroit News auto reviewer Scott Burgess in better days, behind the wheel.

After initially agreeing it erred, but failing to fall on its sword, the Detroit News has issued a full apology to both its readers and the writer whose review was altered to satisfy an angry advertiser.

Presenting a reviewer’s “unvarnished opinion,” is essential, declared Publisher Jonathan Wolman, who added that advertisers should not be allowed to influence the news process.

The flap has given another black eye to a newspaper that has itself been hammered by critics, and which has seen its readership fall by roughly two-thirds over the past decade.

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The widely-discussed incident was touched off when veteran auto critic Scott Burgess published a scathing review of the new Chrysler 200, earlier this month.  That generated a strident response from an as yet-unnamed advertiser (though sources stress that it was not the automaker itself).

In turn, when the paper readied the review for its online version Burgess was asked to soften some of his harsher comments.