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Ford invests in electrification big time

Ford invests in electrification big time

It seems like Washington and the big automakers in Detroit have gone electrification crazy. Everyone is working on the electrification of the automobile industry with more hybrids and pure electric vehicles being researched and produced all around the world. The push for electrification is to save drivers at the pump, help the environment, and to reduce the nation's dependence on foreign oil.

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Ford Roximity location aware deals app now available

Ford Roximity location aware deals app now available

Ford has announced a new and very interesting app is now available for drivers who own vehicles supporting Sync AppLink. The app is called Roximity and was the winner of the Ford Sync App Developer Challenge held at the 2011 Disrupt Hackathon. The app is available for iOS devices and adds some very interesting functionality for drivers.

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GE, Ford, and the University of Michigan team up to extend EV battery life

GE, Ford, and the University of Michigan team up to extend EV battery life

Researchers all around the world are teaming up with automotive manufacturers and battery manufacturers to attempt to design improvements in battery packs that will help electric vehicles drive farther. GE, Ford, and the University of Michigan are all working together on a new project with the goal of extending battery life for EVs. Longer battery life equates to a longer driving distance for electric vehicles.

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Ford Sync Voice Control now supports Allergy Alert App

Ford Sync Voice Control now supports Allergy Alert App

Ford Motor Company has made no secret of the fact that it wants to allow drivers to be able to manage certain aspects of their health while driving. That may sound odd, but consider how much time many people spend the car stuck in traffic, being able to manage health conditions while in your vehicle might be a good thing for some people. One of the ways Ford is helping people manage their health while in the car is via Sync Voice Control.

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Nokia gets connected with automotive futures

Nokia gets connected with automotive futures

This week the folks at Nokia are bringing on the next generation of their hardware and software integration talks with none other than their own Floris Van-De-Klashorst speaking about the future of automotive. The Connected Car, as they call it, is one which is a futuristic concept - this meaning that though we've got cars at the moment that are relatively connected, we've not yet scratched the surface. According to Nokia, it's Points of Interest (POI) search capabilities that are at the center of the future for vehicles that use what they call "Intelligent Technology."

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Ford warns 2013 Escape 1.6L owners to park up immediately over fire risk

Ford warns 2013 Escape 1.6L owners to park up immediately over fire risk

Ford has warned owners of the 2013 Ford Escape with the 1.6 liter engine to turn off the car and back away, after a fuel line flaw was identified that could cause a fire risk. The recall, announced this morning, is over an engine compartment fuel line problem on the 1.6 liter version of the Escape only; "customers who already own 2013 Escape vehicles with the 1.6-liter engine are being advised to stop driving their vehicles and to immediately contact their dealers" Ford says, advising not even to risk driving the car to a service location.

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Ford puts its balls inside rivals’ rides

Ford puts its balls inside rivals’ rides

If you've ever read the spec sheet for an automobile, you probably noticed that many manufacturers give you capacities for every nook and cranny inside the vehicle. I've often wondered exactly how Ford and other automakers determine that there's more storage space inside their car than a competitor. I always figured it involved tape measures and math.

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Ford uses RUTH robot to quantify interior comfort

Ford uses RUTH robot to quantify interior comfort

I've never really sat back and thought about how you could realistically and repeatedly determine how comfortable the interior of a vehicle is. Sure you can sit in one car, then sit in another, and come up with an arbitrary decision that one is more comfortable than the other is. However, if you want hard data to prove scientifically just how comfortable things are between two vehicle interiors, how exactly would you pull that off?

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