carIT Congress: Ford developer sees opportunities in smartphones

Ford's Hohage says Ford's HMI focuses on affordability (Photo: Claus Dick)

FRANKFURT – Smartphones provide a “window of opportunity” to upgrade and personalize in-car infotainment beyond the possibilities of embedded technologies, a senior Ford development executive said Tuesday. Speaking to the 400 participants at the Mobility 3.0 Congress here, Caspar Dirk Hohage said a connected smartphone circumvents the relatively slow development cycles that are a fact […]

With Spotify, Ford boosts infotainment offering

Spotify will require an iPhone App to be used in Ford vehicles (Photo: Ford)

The Spotify music streaming service will be available through Ford’s Sync Applink, the US carmaker said Monday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The agreement marks the first time Spotify, which has a catalog of more than 20 million songs available for streaming access, works directly with an automaker. It also underlines how carmakers […]

CES: Ford opens SYNC to mobile app developers

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LAS VEGAS – Mobile app developers will gain easier access to Ford’s in-car telematics system, SYNC. The US carmaker announced at the CES here that it is launching  an open mobile app developer program that provides a software development kit and technical support to programmers. Information on the program can be found at The […]

2014 Ford Fiesta in US to feature new LCD touchscreen

Ford upgrades infotainment for smaller cars (Photo: Ford)

Ford’s 2014 Fiesta model, which will be available in the US next year, will feature a new 6.5 inch LCD touchscreen designed to appeal to tech-savvy younger buyers of smaller cars. The screen is part of the MyFordTouch infotainment system the US carmaker is rolling out across all its models. Citing the growing importance of […]

Ford integrates Baidu Ting, QQ Music Apps in new chinese Focus

Nigel Harris, general manager of China's Changan Ford Sales Company, shows the new Ford Focus ST at the Beijing Auto Show (Photo: Ford)

Ford is expanding the infotainment options in its new Chinese Focus model by integrating the popular Baidu Ting and QQ Music applications. The services will be available at no additional cost via smartphones that are connected to the carmaker’s voice-operated SYNC system. Ford said the integration was driven by the proliferation of smartphones in China […]

Ford, Nuance testing better voice recognition

Ford wants voice control to respond to normal speech and not just to specific commands (Photo: Ford)

Ford and its voice-technology partner Nuance Communications are testing new technologies to make in-car voice recognition systems work easier and more efficiently. The US carmaker would like its Sync infotainment system to recognize common words and phrases rather than just the specific commands that most voice recognition systems now require. “We are examining how to […]

Ford wants to use Sync for in-car health monitoring

Using Ford Sync, diabetic drivers may soon be able to monitor their glucose levels

Ford is studying whether it’s in-car telematics system – Sync – can be used to monitor health issues in drivers. The U.S. carmaker said its researchers are developing a series of possible in-car health and wellness connectivity services and Apps. These could be used to help people with chronic illnesses. Ford is working with U.S. […]

CeBIT: Mulally: 2 million Sync-equipped Fords in Europe by 2015

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Ford CEO Alan Mulally said Tuesday he expects nearly 2 million Sync-equipped vehicles on European roads by 2015. In a keynote address at the CeBIT high-tech fair in Hanover, Mulally said he was confident the Sync voice-controlled connectivity system , which has been sold 3 million times in the US, will find large customer acceptance […]

Mulally to discuss Ford’s European SYNC rollout at CeBIT

Ford CEO Mulally, seen here at the Detroit auto show in January, will speak at CeBIT March 1

Ford CEO Alan Mulally will use a keynote address at the CeBIT high-tech trade fair next month to further highlight the US automaker’s in-car infotainment solutions. Ford said Mulally, who spoke at the Consumer Electronics Fair (CES) in Las Vegas last month, will discuss the European rollout of the company’s SYNC and MyFordTouch driver connect […]

Joining global EV battle, Ford unveils Focus Electric

The Focus Electric is Ford's first fully electric vehicle. It will be on sale later this year.

LAS VEGAS – Ford on Friday unveiled a new Ford Focus Electric, raising the stakes in the battle between volume carmakers to get traction in the fledgling electric-vehicle market. It is Ford’s first fully electric vehicle. The US-based automaker wants to deliver five electric models to customers in North America and Europe by 2013. Unveiling […]