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Toyota weighs Ford’s open-source CarPlay rival

Toyota weighs Ford’s open-source CarPlay rival

Toyota is tinkering with Ford's open-source dashboard software, the tech that allows smartphone apps to hook up to car infotainment systems. The Japanese firm announced today that SmartDeviceLink (SDL) "is being studied" for its potential inclusion in future cars; if adopted, it would mean compatible apps could work with cars across Ford, Toyota, and Lexus' ranges, tapping into voice control, steering wheel buttons, and whatever touchscreens are embedded.

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Ford details SYNC 3’s ambitious roll-out

Ford details SYNC 3’s ambitious roll-out

Ford has confirmed the first cars to get its new SYNC 3 infotainment system, with the 2016 Escape and Fiesta top of the list for a dashboard refresh this summer. The two new models will open the door to a veritable gush of upgrades, with Ford promising that its entire North American line-up will be revamped with SYNC 3 before 2016 is out. Among the improvements are smarter voice recognition which Ford says should help keep hands on the wheel more often.

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Ford opens EV car patents to auto rivals (for a fee)

Ford opens EV car patents to auto rivals (for a fee)

Ford is throwing open its electric car patent portfolio, offering rivals access in the hope of driving EV development, though unlike Tesla it will be charging a fee. The IP will include technology around better battery charging, regenerative braking, and how to assess driving styles and habits to better balance powertrain use. In total, Ford says, it has in excess of 650 electrified models, including both all-electric and hybrids.

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Ford GoDrive car-sharing offers London EVs for one-way trips

Ford GoDrive car-sharing offers London EVs for one-way trips

Ford has launched its own car-share program, offering drivers in London, UK, the option to rent a car by the minute with a choice of EV or EcoBoost vehicles. Dubbed Ford GoDrive, the system is part of Ford's ongoing "global mobility" experiment that also includes autonomous/semi-autonomous vehicles and more, kicking off with fifty cars parked across twenty locations in the UK's capital city. Bookings are made through a smartphone app, and the car is unlocked using a smart card similar to how Zipcar and similar services operate.

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Ford goes backwards with 2016 F-150 tech (in a good way)

Ford goes backwards with 2016 F-150 tech (in a good way)

Cars that can parallel-park themselves aren't new, but Ford's F-150 is borrowing the principle for a common truck headache: safely reversing a trailer. Pro Trailer Backup Assist is joining the options list for the 2016 model year of the aluminum truck, aiming to help avoid moments of "hang on, which way do I turn the wheel?" confusion when trying to back up with a trailer, horse box, or something else hanging off of your F-150, by making it as straightforward as watching the LCD and twiddling a knob.

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2016 Mustang gets hood vent turn signals and new option packs

2016 Mustang gets hood vent turn signals and new option packs

The 2015 year model marked an all-new Mustang that received independent rear suspension and a complete redesign inside and out. You might expect that with the car only having been on the market for a single year model, the 2016 model would be identical. Ford has announced that it is making some changes to the 2016 version of the Mustang in the form of new option packs.

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2016 F-150 gets available CNG or Propane powered 5.0L V8

2016 F-150 gets available CNG or Propane powered 5.0L V8

Ford has stirred up the truck industry with the all-new F-150 truck that replaces the steel body panels with lightweight aluminum to shed weight. Less weight means more performance and better fuel efficiency. Ford has announced this week that the 2016 F-150 will also be the only light-duty truck in the industry with an available CNG/propane powered V8 engine under the hood.

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Talking Ford GT and self-driving cars with CEO Mark Fields

Talking Ford GT and self-driving cars with CEO Mark Fields

Ford CEO Mark Fields is on a mission, and while aluminum, rubber, and steel might be the most obvious part of that - whether a truck like the F-150 or a legitimate supercar like the GT - the blue oval boss wants to make sure technology gets its dues. I revisited Ford’s Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto, California to talk about autonomous vehicles and how they can co-exist with super-niche metal like the GT, why the rule book for selling trucks can be the blueprint for the connected car, and just how Ford is going about being good geek neighbors.

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2015 Ford F-150 beats competitors with top safety rating

2015 Ford F-150 beats competitors with top safety rating

Ford's 2015 F-150 pickup truck has been bestowed with a top crash rating from federal regulators, it has been announced, showing that the switch to aluminum hasn't resulted in any safety compromises. It earned the score while elbowing out some competing trucks, including those from General Motors, which scored a single star lower than the newest F-150. This is also an improvement over the crash test safety rating of its previous steel pickup, promising good things for the auto maker's future.

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Ford issues three recalls for cars hit with different problems

Ford issues three recalls for cars hit with different problems

Ford has announced a trio of recalls for different models hit with different issues. This includes some of its F-Series Super Duty ambulances, its Lincoln MKT limo and hearse cars, its Police Interceptor vehicles, and its Explorer SUVs. The recall was announced today, and in total includes more than 220,000 cars, SUVs, and trucks located in the United States and Canada. Though several models are affected, it is the Explorer SUVs that primarily make up the brunt of the recall.

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