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Ford Touch systems get upgraded via Flash drives

Ford Touch systems get upgraded via Flash drives

Ford's trailblazing in-car entertainment and information platform known as MyFord Touch (or MyLincoln Touch for Lincoln models) hasn't exactly been a smash hit. The automaker has struggled to make it a user-friendly and intuitive system to have in a vehicle. But the company is nothing if not determined, and that's why it is sending out around 300,000 Flash drives to owners of applicable vehicles.

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Facebook friends Ford to make a “social” car

Facebook friends Ford to make a “social” car

Facebook and Ford recently held a joint "Hackathon" event aimed at exploring new ways of making cars more social. About 30 engineers from both Ford and Facebook got together for the 24-hour event to rapidly develop prototype apps that would integrate Facebook's social elements with Ford's SYNC platform to create a seamless connected in-car user experience.

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Ford SYNC takes a European roadtrip with B-Max

Ford SYNC takes a European roadtrip with B-Max

Ford's SYNC system is one of the best uses of in-car technology out there that's included by a manufacturer - but since its inception in 2007 it's been relegated to North America. The company aims to end that sad state of affairs next week at the Geneva Motor Show, when it introduces SYNC to European customers in the new 2013 B-Max crossover. he optional add-on will be added to other models afterwards. Currently the company hasn't said when the B-Max will hit the road, or how long after that it'll take to expand  the current line-up with the SYNC option.

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Ford figures fleets of autopilot cars coming in next decade

Ford figures fleets of autopilot cars coming in next decade

Bill Ford Jr, head of Ford Motor Company, thinks over the next decade, there'll be fleets of autopilot cars cruising the highways around the world. That would be no surprise considering the work going into making autonomous vehicles already. Google is already operating autonomous cars that use GPS and a host of sensors to navigate freely from point to point with no human interaction.

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Ford upgrades Transit van to the sleeker Tourneo Custom

Ford upgrades Transit van to the sleeker Tourneo Custom

Let's face it. It's hard to make a high-capacity van look sexy. You just can't merge a Chevy Astro with a Mini Cooper. It doesn't work. But Ford is trying to push the envelope with a new concept model called the Ford Tourneo Concept. It's making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, which takes place next month. It is designed to be the next generation of the automaker's existing "Transit" line of high-capacity vans.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: February 16, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: February 16, 2012

Happy Thursday everyone. If we had to guess what's on your mind right now, we'd say Sony's upcoming PlayStation Vita handheld. If we were right, you must check out our first look article where we play around with our early review unit of the device. If that's not what was on your mind, perhaps we can distract you with this wicked cool Lego Minecraft set? Still not good enough? Then read on for the rest of the big news from today.

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Ford ships OpenXC beta kits for in-car apps

Ford ships OpenXC beta kits for in-car apps

Apps will soon be as prevalent for your car as they are for your smartphones, or at least that's what Ford is aiming for. The car maker's Research and Innovation team has joined forces with Bugs Lab to create a software and hardware platform called OpenXC that will allow third-party developers to create custom apps for cars. Today, they've released the beta dev kits for developers to start tinkering.

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GMC announces IntelliLink for smartphone connectivity

GMC announces IntelliLink for smartphone connectivity

GMC has announced a new system that will first be seen in the 2012 GMC Terrain SUV. The system is called IntelliLink and is designed to connect the drivers smartphone to the vehicle entertainment system and to provide voice-activated control of the audio system. IntelliLink allows voice commands to start a phone call, change the radio station, and to stream Internet radio. Drivers can even use their voice to control an iPod.

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