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Ford’s Smart Mobility plan gains momentum

Earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show, Ford announced its Smart Mobility plan consisting of 25 global experiments to change the way the world moves. These experiments are really taking the concept of mobility beyond that of traditional car ownership and usage. Fourteen of...

Freitag: Connecting cars new and old

Every day there are new announcements related to connected car functionality. This topic continues to be hot. Announcements come from the auto OEMs, aftermarket players working toward late model cars, app developers, mobile operators and on and on. Some topics that have peaked my interest recently include...

EMEA: Ford Developer Conference — so what?

Three weeks ago RCR covered the upcoming Ford Developer conference in Las Vegas. The first event of its kind. The event has come and gone and the finalists are in. So how did it go? More than 170 developers from around the world participated to reach...

EMEA: Firsts with Ford

I had the opportunity this week to speak with Ford about its claimed first ever automotive original equipment manufacturer-led developer conference set to take place Sept. 8-11 in Las Vegas. This is an important move as getting into vehicles isn’t easy for application developers. Today...

Analyst Angle: Ford, carmakers set up shop in Silicon Valley

In an earlier article we discussed how the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show had a highly visible new presence from the major automakers this year, and how this revealed their strategy to defend the in car infotainment market opportunity by re-inventing themselves as technology firms, and providing improved in car infotainment solutions.

Analyst Angle (Special Edition): Car makers becoming CE tech companies

At this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, there was a new category of product making its debut as consumer electronics, and it was the automobile.

@ CES 2012: Auto makers a strong presence at tech event

LAS VEGAS – Once considered the equivalent of supermodels – only around to have things draped over their curvaceous bodies – automobiles have now become a central “product” in the consumer electronics space. This was evident at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show as automobiles...

MTAM aims to equalize talent vacuum in mobile and create jobs

DETROIT — Linda Daichendt, a small business consultant, was frustrated a couple years back when she kept coming up empty in her quest for mobile businesses based here in her home state of Michigan. With large, national associations barely touching the state or local...

Ford expands Sync AppLink to 10 vehicles in 2012

Ford Motor Co. (F) is expanding its Sync AppLink platform to 10 vehicles in 2012. The car maker tapped the 2012 Fusion, Fusion Hybrid, Fiesta, F-150, F-150 SVT Raptor, Super Duty, Expedition, E-Series, Mustang and the Shelby GT500 for the platform that brings voice...

No sign of ‘old and stodgy' Detroit at Ford Motor Co.

DEARBORN, Mich. — Here at Ford Motor Co.'s (F) headquarters, Doug VanDagens is preparing to rapidly expand the size of his connected services team over the next three to four years. The global director of the connected services group at Ford recently got the...

Emptoris buys Rivermine to exploit telecom expense management solution

Emptoris Inc., which provides supply management and enterprise contract management solutions to Global 1,000 companies, has acquired Rivermine Inc., a telecom expense management company, to expand its customer base and increase its footprint. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Emptoris traditionally has helped companies...

@ CTIA E&A: Ford asks for wireless industry 'help' and 'big ideas'

SAN FRANCISCO — It's been said before that The Ford Motor Co. is trying to remake itself as the Apple Inc. of the auto industry. The company is making a big bet on technology with new touchscreen-based interfaces, a host of wireless connectivity options,...

Worst of the Week: Worlds are colliding

Hello! And welcome to our Friday column, Worst of the Week. There's a lot of nutty stuff that goes on in this industry, so this column is a chance for us at RCRWireless.com to rant and rave about whatever rubs us the wrong way....

Ford showcases next generation of Sync and new touchscreen user interface

DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford Motor Co. (F) is playing catch up on a lot of fronts these days, but one area that it's putting on its priority list in the midst of all these changes is wireless connectivity and touchscreen interfaces.The American icon gave...

VIDEO @ CES: Ford enlists Microsoft’s Tellme for Sync

Dariusz Paczuski, consumer services director for Microsoft Corp.'s Tellme, described how the company's offering will work directly with Ford Motor Co.'s Sync platform, which runs on Microsoft technology. Tellme is a voice-command service for requests // By use...

MOBULL RODEO: Professional Bull Riders looks to bring fans closer to the action

Quietly, Professional Bull Riders has begun targeting rodeo fans - yes, rodeo fans - through their phones.The Pueblo, Colo.-based association several weeks ago launched a comprehensive wireless Web site, allowing fans to access news, standings, and rider profiles and blogs from their handsets. Visitors...

Sync to offer over-the-phone telematics: Offering could compete with OnStar

Ford vehicles equipped with the Sync feature soon may offer access to telematics services similar to some of those of General Motors' OnStar, a Ford supplier said today.Consumers will be able to upgrade Sync systems on their own, without visiting a dealership, by means...

More states prohibit chatting and driving

New cellphone driver-distraction laws went into effect Jan. 1 in Oregon and Washington state.According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Oregon will now prohibit teenagers from talking on cellphones while driving. A new Washington law goes even further, prohibiting all drivers from text...

Schwarzenegger OKs cellphone ban for teen motorists

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) signed into law legislation banning teen drivers from using all electronic devices-including cellphones, pagers, personal digital assistants and laptop computers-while behind the wheel."The simple fact is that teenage drivers are more easily distracted. They are young, inexperienced and have...

Calif. law targets teen drivers by banning all mobile devices

The California Assembly overwhelming voted to take all wireless devices out of the hands of drivers under the age of 18, a measure that builds on the state's existing across-the-board ban on handheld phone use while behind the wheel.The bill, which passed the State...

Aeris eyes evolving telematics market

Machine-to-machine wireless network operator Aeris Communications Inc. reported recent enhancements to its data services to support asset tracking, automotive telematics and stolen vehicle recovery using CDMA and GSM networks nationwide-a move that puts the company in the same space as telematics veteran OnStar.In fact,...

Ford installs mobile office in pickups

LAS VEGAS-Ford Motor Co. will offer a dealer-installed "mobile office" with a wireless-enabled PC, printer and GPS system in its F-250 trucks next year, the automaker said Tuesday .Ford is teaming with Microsoft Corp. and Stargate Mobile on the package, which will cost about...

GM to make OnStar standard feature with 2007 models

NEW ORLEANS-The world's largest automaker, General Motors, said it will make OnStar a standard feature on all of its vehicles in the United States and Canada by 2007. The move marks a major milestone for the wireless telematics and communications service, one that has...

Ford selects Sprint for in-vehicle wireless system

Sprint Corp. reported that Ford Motor Co. has selected the telecommunications company to be the preferred wireless provider of Bluetooth phones and services for Ford's Mobile-Ease Hands-Free Communication System.The system is a dealer-installed option for select Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles that uses Bluetooth...

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