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  • Ford Ditches Microsoft For QNX In Latest In-Vehicle Tech Platform

    Ford Ditches Microsoft For QNX In Latest In-Vehicle Tech Platform

    Ford today took the wraps off Sync 3, its next-generation, in-car technology package that’s, as you’d expect, faster, sleeker and much improved from the old one. It’s also more intuitive and easier on the eyes, and integrates smartphone apps better. But the biggest change is under the hood: Sync 3 is powered by QNX instead of Microsoft Auto. Read More

  • Ex-Ford CEO Alan Mulally Joins Google’s Board Of Directors

    Ex-Ford CEO Alan Mulally Joins Google’s Board Of Directors

    That didn’t take long. Former Ford President CEO has found a new parking spot at Google after just retiring from Ford Motor Company earlier this month. Google has just announced the appointment of Alan Mulally to its Board of Directors and will serve on Google’s Audit Committee. His appointment was effective July 9, 2014. Read More

  • Ford Gets Diplomatic About Apple’s CarPlay And Its Microsoft Ties

    Ford Gets Diplomatic About Apple’s CarPlay And Its Microsoft Ties

    iOS in the Car is real and now called CarPlay. Along with several automakers, Apple announced the platform this morning ahead of the Geneva Auto Show where partners Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo all announced that they’d begin shipping CarPlay-enabled vehicles to drivers this week. Apple also announced a handful of automakers set to support the platform in the coming months… Read More

  • Ford Partners With MIT And Stanford To Research Autonomous Cars

    Ford Partners With MIT And Stanford To Research Autonomous Cars

    Ford today announced that it is partnering with MIT and Stanford to research a number of technical challenges surrounding automated driving. A team at MIT will look into how a car can best predict the actions of pedestrians and other cars around it, while another team at Stanford plans to look into ways for cars to see around obstructions. The teams will use Ford’s recently… Read More

  • Ford Buys Automotive App Maker Livio Radio For ‘Less Than $10M’

    Ford Buys Automotive App Maker Livio Radio For ‘Less Than $10M’

    Ford Motors today is announcing the acquisition of Livio Radio, a maker of a platform for in-car apps, with a focus on audio and music services. This is the car-maker’s first technology acquisition in 13 years. The Ferndale, MI-based startup — now a subsidiary of Ford’s Global Technologies Group — will continue to operate under the original name. Neither party has… Read More

  • Cars Are The Next Playground For App Developers

    Cars Are The Next Playground For App Developers

    This year’s CES may have been about startups more than ever before, but over the last few years, the car industry has also increased its presence at the show. In previous years, we heard a lot about the connected car, but until now, those cars remained virtually closed for developers. In one fell swoop, that changed this year, as Ford and GM announced concrete programs with SDKs and… Read More

  • Ford Launches Its OpenXC SDK And Hardware Specs To Let Developers Access Its Cars’ Sensors And Metrics

    Ford Launches Its OpenXC SDK And Hardware Specs To Let Developers Access Its Cars’ Sensors And Metrics

    Our cars today feature lots of sensors, but it’s not easy for developers and hardware hackers to get access to all of this data, which is typically proprietary and manufacturer specific. Last year, Ford, in collaboration with Bug Labs, announced its OpenXC program to allow developers to access metrics from its car’s internal network and today, it is opening up the program and… Read More

  • Ford And Jimmy Fallon Turn To Twitter For Help Writing Lincoln Super Bowl Ad

    Ford And Jimmy Fallon Turn To Twitter For Help Writing Lincoln Super Bowl Ad

    Ford is launching a big marketing campaign to revive its Lincoln brand, and apparently Twitter will play a big role in those efforts, according to a story in Bloomberg. The automaker has hired Jimmy Fallon to write Lincoln’s first-ever Super Bowl ad, which will be based on tweets. Neither Bloomberg nor the #SteerTheScript website offers many details about how Fallon plans to turn a bunch… Read More

  • Ford Announces Improved SYNC With Smarter Voice Recognition And Simplified Controls

    Ford Announces Improved SYNC With Smarter Voice Recognition And Simplified Controls

    Earlier this month, Ford announced that it had delivered its 5 millionth SYNC-enabled vehicle. Today, the company is announcing an update to its Microsoft-powered in-car entertainment and connectivity platform and MyFord Touch interface, which will make its debut in the 2014 Ford Fiesta. The updated SYNC in the Fiesta will feature a new 6.5-inch LCD touch screen, but more importantly, the… Read More

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