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Ford, Amazon Want to Sync You Up with Alexa

Voice assistant one of many new connected-car features for Sync.

by on Jan.05, 2017

Ford will make Alexa available to Sync users in-car, while also letting them control vehicle features from home using Amazon's Echo.

Ford is about to take Amazon’s Alexa for a ride.

She’s the wildly popular voice assistant now showing up in millions of homes equipped with various versions of Amazon’s Echo hardware. But, starting this month, owners of Ford vehicles equipped with the Sync infotainment system will be able to access some of the connected-car features in their vehicles remotely using one of Echo devices.

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And, over the summer, motorists will be able to access Alexa herself from inside the vehicle to ask about things like traffic, the weather and restaurant tips, or to control some of their home automation technologies. Among other things, that means they could turn the lights on, start the coffeemaker and open the garage from behind the wheel using voice commands.

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Ford Unveils New Kuga at Tech Congress

Automakers focusing reaching tech crowd with debuts.

by on Feb.22, 2016

Ford debuted the new Kuga at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, rather than at the Geneva Motor Show.

With the auto show circuit underway, most would expect Ford’s latest new model introduction to come at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Not so, as the new Ford Kuga SUV debuted at the Mobile World Congress today.

The new European SUV along with an announcement that the automaker’s latest Sync iteration, Sync 3, is coming to Europe later this year, at the show in Barcelona, Spain, is just one more example of the importance makers place on technology shows to capture the attention of buyers.

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Ford CEO Mark Fields not only rolled out the new car, he also said the company would triple the amount it invests in new technologies that not only make for safer, more entertaining vehicles, but ultimately will lead to the production of self-driving cars. (more…)

Ford Fusion Gets Pothole-Protection Program

Maker loading up sedan with technology to beat competition.

by on Feb.19, 2016

The 2017 Ford Fusion Sport gets the maker's pothole-detection technology standard.

Every year, U.S. drivers spend $3 billion repairing damage to their vehicles due to potholes; however, Ford is looking to help Fusion owners keep that money in their pocket in the years ahead.

The automaker is expanding the availability of its pothole-detection technology to its 2017 Fusion Sport model. Previously an option for its Lincoln line-up as well as the Ford Expedition full-size SUV, the technology, which will be standard equipment on the new Fusion Sport, could save drivers as much as $300 in repair costs.

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The car’s computer detects when the car is running over a pothole, then instantly adjusts the shock absorbers to keep the tire from dropping into the depression. (more…)

Ford Gets Siri-ous with Sync Software Update

Move affects Ford products dating back to 2011.

by on Dec.04, 2015

Ford owners will now have access to Apple's Siri, but not the Apple CarPlay system.

Ford is the latest in a growing list of automakers adding Apple’s Siri voice valet service to its cars. But unlike some of its competitors, Ford will allow owners of vehicles dating back as far as the 2011 model-year to add the popular feature to their cars.

The move is expected to impact as many as 5 million Ford owners who will simply need to go online, download the update and then plug it into vehicles equipped with Sync and the maker’s MyFord Touch infotainment system.

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Sync “was designed to be flexible and updatable, just like other mobile technologies, so our customers are able to get the most out of their smartphones while behind the wheel,” said Sherif Marakby, director, Ford Electronics and Electrical Systems Engineering. (more…)

Ford to Launch Updated Sync 3 This Summer

System said to be faster, more intuitive, offer online updates.

by on Jun.02, 2015

The new Sync 3 home screen is broken into three distinct zones for Audio, Phone and Navi.

Hoping to hold its lead against increasingly aggressive rivals, Ford Motor Co. will launch its completely redesigned Sync 3 infotainment system this summer on the 2016 Ford Escape and Fiesta models.

Launched in 2007, and among the first to offer such features as voice and touch control, smartphone app integration and other communications and navigation services, the original Sync helped draw a generation of tech-savvy buyers to Ford. But it also earned the maker plenty of criticism for the system’s failures and weaknesses.

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One surprise: Ford’s latest version of Sync will not – at least for now – include the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems. But Sync 3 does improve on the earlier AppLink technology that can integrate a variety of smartphone apps, as well as Sire Eyes-Free which can tap into an iPhone’s voice-operated personal assistant.

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Ford’s Smart Mobility Plan Changing Global Transportation

Maker’s 25 experiments expanding knowledge base.

by on Jan.06, 2015

Mark Fields, President and CEO, Ford Motor Company, delivers the opening keynote address at the 2015 International CES.

Ford is not just looking for ways to make cars smarter, it’s trying to change the way people around the world get from place to place. The automaker introduced its plans to do that as well as addressing its progress on autonomous vehicles as well at the Consumer Electronic Show today in Las Vegas.

Ford CEO Mark Fields told a packed house during his keynote address at CES that the automaker is actively pursuing an autonomous vehicle. However, he noted it’s not a race to get done first, but more important to get it done right and make it affordable.

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“Our priority is not in making marketing claims or being in a race for the first autonomous car on the road,” Fields said. “Our priority is in making the first Ford autonomous vehicle accessible to the masses and truly enhancing customers’ lives.” (more…)