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16 May, 2011

John Day How does an automaker decide which smartphone apps can access vehicle resources, and how access should be enabled? “More and more drivers will find a way to use their devices and their apps while in the car,” says Derrick Kuzak, Ford group vice president of Global Product Development. “They can do it unsafely, or they can do it through safer voice-activated solutions such as Ford SYNC – keeping their … Read More

SYNC, Robert Bosch Car Multimedia GmbH, AppLink, automotive apps clearinghouse, Airbiquity, in-car multimedia systems, Nissan's LEAF Electric Vehicle, Ford, Hitachi Automotive Systems

14 Dec, 2010

John Day Four years from now, if the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has its way, every new car sold in the U.S. will include technology to let drivers see what – or who – is behind them when the vehicle’s transmission is in reverse. That’s government acting responsibly to save lives, or another assault on my individual freedom, depending on your perspective. NHTSA’s proposed rule was … Read More

Rear-View Camera, NHTSA, Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act, cross traffic system, backover fatalities, Lincoln, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Ford, Jim Buczkowski

6 Dec, 2010

John Day   Suppose you’re the person responsible for managing an automaker’s infotainment strategy. Let’s say you currently offer SiriusXM satellite radio, AM/FM, and HD. When and how do you add Internet radio? Ford is offering Pandora and Stitcher (music and news programming respectively), Toyota recently announced a partnership with Clear Channel’s iheartradio (750+ stations). Is now the time to make a move, … Read More

Slacker Internet Radio, Sirius/XM, Stitcher, Clear Channel, Ford, ABC News Radio, Toyota, Internet radio, Pandora, Wi-Fi, iheartradio, Infotainment

26 Nov, 2010

John Day The market research firm iSuppli recently predicted that factory-installed Wi-Fi will grow from about 174,000 this year to 7.2 million in 2017. That got me thinking about in-vehicle Internet access. iSuppli said automakers increasingly view wireless connectivity as a key competitive differentiator, and I am sure they do, but there is little consensus on how to provide that connectivity and little evidence … Read More

Harman Automotive, General Motors, in-vehicle Internet access, Audi a8, USB mobile broadband modem, Autonet Mobile, Wi-Fi, WLAN, Amazon, Chrysler, iSuppli, eBay, Marvell Technology, Ford, Bluetooth, Subaru

9 Nov, 2010

John Day The folks at USCAR drew my attention to cyber-physical systems (CPS), a discipline of keen interest to the National Science Foundation (NSF) and to a growing number of universities, as well as to Ford, GM, Chrysler, and other automakers. USCAR thinks of CPS as a network of highly sophisticated electromechanical subsystems autonomously controlling hybrid drive, automated parking assist, crash avoidance, … Read More

Ford, GM, cyber-physical systems, Chrysler, National Science Foundation, USCAR

27 Oct, 2010

John Day Cars today have more electronic content than ever, which means more circuits, more wiring, and more weight. At the same time, automotive semiconductor and networking technologies pack more performance into smaller space. How does that net out? I posed the question to Paul Geyer, who has design responsibility for connectors, schematics and wiring tools in Chrysler’s Power and Signal Distribution group … Read More

GM, SAE/USCAR 21, Ford, USCAR, Chrysler, SAE/USCAR-2, United States Council for Automotive Research

14 Oct, 2010

John Day The New York Times published a positive story about Detroit this week (Oct. 12). It referenced the fact that U.S. brands edged imports in J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study, 108 to 109 PP100 (problems per-100 vehicles within 90 days of purchase). Ford cracked the IQS top five for the first time, and Lincoln had 23 fewer problems per 100 vehicles than it did last year. Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac all … Read More

New York Times, J.D. Power and Associates, Chrysler, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Buick, GM, GMC, Ford, Ford Sync

7 Jul, 2010

John Day “Lights on a car door handle? What’s so great about that,” I wondered when I first saw Magna International demo the feature. But then I noticed that it wasn’t just the door handle that was illuminated, but also the ground next to the door, and it wasn’t just an ordinary light shining down but also a projected logo. That’s when I realized just how brilliant an idea door handle projection lighting is. Aftermarket … Read More

door handle projection lighting, Elaine Bannon, CUV, smart key fob, TheDetroitBureau.com, Ford, Magna International

7 Apr, 2010

John Day I can’t imagine that too many people relish the thought of running out of gas or, at some time in the future, when driving an electric vehicle (EV), running out of juice. “Range anxiety is the fear that the latter might happen, and Frost & Sullivan suggests that it can be mitigated with telematics. The less anxiety the better, I say. Range anxiety remains the major challenge to be resolved to facilitate … Read More

plug-in hybrid vehicles, neighborhood electric vehicles, Praveen Chandrasekar, charging stations, city electric vehicles, battery electric vehicles, Range Anxiety, Hohm energy management application, Microsoft, Telematics, Ford, Frost & Sullivan

12 Mar, 2010

John Day We form opinions quickly these days and increasingly we gravitate toward those who agree with us and tune out opposing arguments. It happens with political and social issues and it’s happening with Toyota as the company struggles to determine the cause(s) of unintended acceleration. Some have empathy while others delight in the company’s difficulties. One problem with polarization is that details can … Read More

GM, GPS, Ford, Toyota, Unintended Acceleration, OnStar, SYNC

25 Feb, 2010

John Day I’m debating whether or not to get a smart phone. Do I really need one – or do I just want to have one? Well, either way, which one do I get? It’s not a simple decision, because the thing is going to have to last a couple of years, and the technology is advancing so quickly that no matter which phone I choose, there is likely to be a better one available before I’m out the door. That’s the way it is … Read More

Qualcomm, Mobile Media Interface Plus, Smart Phone, Ford, Google Earth, Audi a8, UMTS Connectivity, HOV Lane Routing, Jim Buczkowski, Wi-Fi Hotspot, GSMA Mobile World Congress, HD Radio

7 Jan, 2010

John Day Readers of the New York Times were shocked – shocked – by a January 7 article headlined “Despite Risks, Internet Creeps Onto Car Dashboards.” Most of the nearly 500 Times readers who posted comments on the paper’s Web site voiced outrage that the automotive industry, in its greed and stupidity (paraphrasing here), would have the audacity to offer such disastrous wares when so much attention is already … Read More

Distracted Driving, Ford, Audi, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Infotainment, New York Times

21 Dec, 2009

John Day Ford has its eye on millennials – born between 1979 and 1995 – because there are so many of them. It launched its voice-activated SYNC system on the Focus, rather than on a costlier vehicle, and its research indicates that millennials’ Internet on-ramp of choice … Read More

Ford, SYNC, Apple iPhone

13 Nov, 2009

John Day Remember the Presidential debates a year or so ago? Or the race itself, for that matter. Think how much of the reporting focused on who won the last debate, or who was ahead in the race at the moment. Same with college football. We want to know who’s leading whom – even if we don’t have reliable metrics for determining the winner. This desire to keep score came to mind when I thought about the recent … Read More

4G, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota Prius, Long Term Evolution, Fiat, Alcatel-Lucent, Daimler, Volkswagen, LTE, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Infotainment, Telematics Munich, Microsoft Auto, Ford, QNX Software, ng Connect Program, QNX CAR, Genivi Alliance

20 Oct, 2009

John Day Electronics and software enable upwards of 80% of the innovative features that attract car buyers, according to Jim Buczkowski, Ford’s global director for electrical and electronics systems. Vehicles equipped with Ford’s Sync entertainment and communications system, for example, turn twice as fast on dealer lots as vehicles without the feature, and Buczkowski says that exposure to Sync doubles a prospect’s … Read More

Ford, Electric Power Steering Assist, Ford Sync, Automatic High Beam, Rain-Sensing Wipers, Rear-View Camera, Automatic Park Assist, Ford Taurus, Cross Traffic Alert, Forward Collision Warning, EcoBoost, MyKey, Automotive Electronics, Popular Mechanics, Blind Spot Information System

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