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Autoblog Minute: Ford to test autonomous tech in Cali and AMG's potent S65 cabrio

It was a big week in Ford news, and we take a look at Mercedes' new convertible four-seater. Senior editor Greg Migliore reports on this edition of Autoblog Minute Weekly Recap.
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[00:00:00] It was a big week in Ford news, and we take a look at Mercedes' new convertible four-seater. I'm senior editor Greg Migliore and this is your Autoblog Minute Weekly Recap.

Ford and Corning have collaborated to put Gorilla Glass on the new Ford GT. Gorilla Glass is a hybrid type of glass, stronger and lighter than traditional materials, and that's helped engineers make the Ford GT itself lighter. Now consumers might be familiar with this material

[00:00:30] as it's already found on many smartphones. While testing is reserved for their supercar, Ford is considering future use of Gorilla Glass on some of its other vehicles.

In autonomous news, Ford has gotten permission to test its driverless vehicles on public roads in California. Testing will replicate real-world situations. And safe, data-driven experiments will be conducted between autonomous cars and pedestrians, which is key to Ford's 10-year development program for autonomous tech.

[00:01:00] The fully autonomous Fusion hybrid will begin testing in 2016.

The new Mercedes S65 cabriolet is equipped with an AMG 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12, we just learned this week. The hand-built beast of an engine produces 621 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. It's the first time Mercedes is offering this engine in a four-seat convertible.

And those are the highlights from the week that was. Be sure to come back this Saturday for my full recap where I'll have additional insight into

[00:01:30] Ford's strategy to make the F-150 a hybrid. We're off next week, but we'll return after the holidays with more recaps and reviews. For Autoblog, I'm Greg Migliore.

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