Tag Archives: connected car

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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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 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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Ford migrates SYNC Applink to more cars

Ford announced that it will bring the SYNC Applink feature set to more vehicles this year and is expanding its developer network as it grow the number of apps available for in-car use. The current SYNC features main center around mobile integration and hands free calling but also offer some drive assist and entertainment offerings. As the developer community grows it will be interesting to see what other types of apps are allowed and become popular.

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Microsoft and Toyota: Connected Car in the Cloud

Microsoft and Toyota announced today they will form a partnership to deliver next-generation telematics solutions for Toyota’s customers. Telematics can range from GPS to in car emergency call services but also include remote battery charging management in new electronic vehicles.

From the press release: “TMC’s goal is to establish a complete global cloud platform by 2015 that will provide affordable and advanced telematics services to Toyota automotive customers around the world.”

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Chevy Cruze: plumbing the depths of hype

I know the connected car is a big theme for this year and I am fully behind it. However, that doesn’t mean auto companies are going to step all over themselves and their ad agencies trying to seem cool. Video speaks for itself.

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Sprint and ECOtality

In a recent keynote speech at the Detroit Economic Club, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse talked about his company’s role in several telematic initiatives. One of those was a partnership with ECOtality. Sprint provides wireless connectivity to more than 15,000 Level 2 stations and Level 3 stations that make up ECOtality’s Blink Network.

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