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  • How Connected Cars Have Established A New Ecosystem Powered By IoT

    How Connected Cars Have Established A New Ecosystem Powered By IoT

    Not long ago, after you bought a new vehicle, the manufacturer had very little contact with you for years until it was time to sell you another car. The Internet of Things is changing all that. The IoT-enabled “connected car” turns the vehicle itself into a hub for an entire ecosystem of connected services that offer consumers a wealth of benefits including enhanced safety and… Read More

  • Autonomous Cars Are Closer Than You Think

    Autonomous Cars Are Closer Than You Think

    “In the next five years, you’ll see somebody introduce autonomous vehicles,” Ford CEO Mark Fields said at a small dinner for press and analysts during CES. He was quick to qualify that statement (only in very defined areas, during good weather, etc.), but that’s one of the few statements that stuck out from the fog of war that is spending a week in Vegas during… Read More

  • Ford Has Big Plans For Autonomous Cars And The Future Of Driving

    Ford Has Big Plans For Autonomous Cars And The Future Of Driving

    At its CES keynote today, Ford announced its Smart Mobility initiative, a set of 25 experiments ranging from big data analytics to a car swap service that let you swap your Mustang in for a minivan for the weekend. The company also talked about its plans for autonomous cars. Ford CEO Mark Fields noted four trends for the auto industry’s future: Increasing urbanization, and its… Read More

  • 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

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