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Ford’s Microsoft problem

The entirely rational leaders at Ford saw the need to improve their products and distinguish them in a crowded market. Its been obvious for a long time now that the car would get internet access and additional “smart” capabilities. Ford looked around and chose Microsoft as its technology partner.

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Verizon buys Hughes Telematics

Local Atlanta company Hughes Telematics has been in the automotive data space since before it was cool. Today Verizon announces that it has purchase Hughes Telematics for $612 million in cash to add the company’s machine-to-machine (M2M) connected car technologies and services to its existing capabilities.

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Moving from connected devices to connected systems

GigaOmPro looks beyond the smartphone in the growing world of connected devices. From the decidedly geeky topic of the Internet of Things to the more pedestrian e-book readers, everything is going to be connected at some point. As the connections get more sophisticated the ramifications for both economies and individual lifestyles increase dramatically.

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Ford, Bug Labs & OpenXC

At Techcrunch today, aside from the metadrama, Ford announced a partnership with Bug Labs to create an open source platform called OpenXC for in-car applications innovation. The two companies will work together to provide engineers, geeks and forward thinking companies a tool kit to use for hardware and software applications for the automobile.

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Ford Evo: the future of connected cars

Ford has been on a roll and it continues with the IFA show in Berlin. Ford is showing off a concept car called the Evo. In addition to the stylish looks the EVo will be a truly connected car, with applications that link it to the home network as well as the power grid to manage everything from charging to entertainment.

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OpenTag and DASH7

Its good to see DASH7 back in the news. Today Daily Wireless writes about the OpenTag project. You can download a slide show (PDF) to go along with the webinar at the DASH7 website, but OpenTag is an open source library and demo application for implementing ISO 18000-7 on embedded hardware, is now available in beta. OpenTag is written entirely in C and can be ported to 8, 16, or 32 bit platforms.

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Ford adds solar panels to electric car package

Ford and SunPower are teaming up to bring solar panels to buyers of Ford electronic vehicles. The solar panel will charge things other than the cars but the idea is to offset the power needed to charge the cars each night.

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Ford CTO Paul Mascarenas: the connected car

Gigaom has a video interview with Ford Motor Company CTO Paul Mascarenas. Now, in addition to not being able to embed their videos, Gigaom is running a 24 second pre-roll ad for GigaomPro, and its not a very good ad… Read more for the highlights and partial transcript.

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Kevin Link: The connected car & Hughes Telematics

Kevin has a great interview up on Mashables today about the market dynamics around the connected car. Hughes Telematics is a leader in the telematics field and Kevin has been their from the beginning. Interestingly they are going to market with a new mobile health product later on this year called Lifecomm.

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HaloIPT wireless electric car charging

Another inductive car charging system hits the market with HaloIPT announcing its partnership with Drayson Racing to bring wireless charging to the UK. HaloIPT calims to won the intellectual property behind the wireless charging systems that provide “stationary and dynamic in-motion charging for electric vehicles.” The in-motion ability seems new but the claims of IP are not

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