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Posts tagged with 'SYNC'

24 Sep, 2013

John Day One of the highlights of IESF for me each year is Paul Hansen’s update on the automotive electronics industry. Hansen, publisher of The Hansen Report on Automotive Electronics (www.hansenreport.com), focused this year on three topics: competition, active safety, and distracted driving. Automotive electronics competition is already fierce and getting worse, according to Hansen. “The automotive electronics … Read More

Internet of Cars, NXP, Cisco, vehicle-to-infrastructure, Cohda Wireless, vehicle-to-vehicle, Verizon, Agero, OnStar, Harman, Sirius XM Radio, Hughes Telematics, SYNC, Ford, The Hansen Report on Automotive Electronics, General Motors

16 May, 2011

More apps active in the car

Posted by John Day

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

17 Jul, 2010

Talking to Ford

Posted by John Day

John Day I am decidedly not a big fan of automated voice-based customer support systems, so I will admit to being a mite skeptical about Ford’s focus on voice recognition as its primary user interface. But I understand that the company – like all other automakers – is between a rock and a hard place. Whatever features take a driver’s eyes off the road or hands off the wheel are potentially hazardous – and features, … Read More

Nuance, Sony, Ford Edge, Ford Motor Credit, Bluetooth Message Access Profile, SYNC, iTunes Tagging, Jim Buczkowski, HD Radio, iTunes

12 Mar, 2010

Choosing sides

Posted by John Day

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

21 Dec, 2009

You have a better idea

Posted by John Day

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

16 Sep, 2009

John Day I was leafing through a national magazine recently and noticed a two-page ad for the Ford Taurus. I stopped to read the copy, and was pleased to see radar-based active safety features among the vehicle’s options – right up there with SYNC hands-free communications, a 12-speaker audio system, and several other enticements. I subsequently learned that Ford offers active safety - adaptive cruise control … Read More

Mercury Milan, Lincoln MKT, Sony, Chrysler, Chrysler Town & Country, Blind Spot Monitoring, SYNC, Lincoln MKS, Taurus, Dodge Grand Caravan, Ford

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