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At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today, Ford announced that it is bringing its SYNC and AppLink platforms to Europe. After selling close...

Cars and the Internet are slowly getting closer, but it's still hard for developers to get their apps into cars without being invited by...

Here is another nail in the coffin of traditional terrestrial drive-time radio: Ford and NPR just announced the launch of NPR's updated Android and...

Ford today announced a major upgrade to its MyFord Touch user interface that allows drivers to control virtually all aspects of their cars infotainment...

Earlier this year, at Google I/O, Ford and Google announced a new project that would use Google’s cloud-based tools to make vehicles smarter. Later this week, at the 18th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems, Ford will give its first public demonstrations of the fruits of this work. The idea behind this work is to use Google’s Prediction API to “predict driver behavior in order to optimize vehicle control systems and improve vehicle performance attributes such as fuel or hybrid-electric efficiency.”

 This morning, Ford and Toyota announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding that will allow the two companies to work together on building a...

I still remember plugging my portable CD player into a cassette adapter so I could listen to my music in the car. Today, in-car cassette players are a thing of the past, but most cars still come with built-in CD players. According to Ford's global trends and futuring manger Sheryl Connelly, that could soon change, though. While talking to AM Online, Connelly noted that "the in-car CD player – much like pay telephones – is destined to fade away in the face of exciting new technology.”

When cars can talk to the Internet, many interesting things can happen. When they can talk to each other, though, even more possibilities open up.

Our cars are quickly becoming sophisticated computers on wheels and new cars often feature technologies like speech recognition, lane departure warnings, adaptive cruise control...

Cars are becoming increasingly connected and there can be little doubt that this opens drivers up to all kinds of new distractions. Some new...

In Ford's vision, a driver would opt into this system and allow Ford to build an anonymous profile based on the data it gathers from a given car's telematics system. Based on this data, the system would then be able to predict where you are going depending on the time of day, for example, and optimize your car's performance settings accordingly. The car could also ask a driver for confirmation as well ("Are you going to work?").

One trend that's very clear at this year's CES is that the Internet is slowly making its way into cars. Of course, you can already browser the net and play music from Pandora through your smartphone, but the next generation of cars - and especially electric cars - are making the Internet an integral part of the car's feature set.

With SYNC, Ford was one of the first car manufacturers to connect its cars to the Internet and brought relatively high-end technologies like voice...

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