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Ford and the University of Michigan team up for new electrified vehicle battery lab

Ford and the University of Michigan team up for new electrified vehicle battery lab

Ford and the University of Michigan have announced they have teamed up to create a new kind of battery lab designed specifically to speed up development of batteries for electrified vehicles. The new battery lab is described as world-class facility located at the University of Michigan where Ford will collaborate with battery manufacturers, suppliers, and university researchers. The new battery lab is the result of an $8 million investment from Ford, the university, battery suppliers, and state and federal governments.

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Ford self-driving car parks and swerves around pedestrians

Ford self-driving car parks and swerves around pedestrians

Ford has shown off a self-driving car of its own, though the automatically parking prototype - which can also avoid running down pedestrians - isn't expected to arrive on US roads any time soon. The new "obstacle avoidance" systems build on Ford's existing parking assist, but where that commercial system demands drivers be both behind the wheel and responsible for braking, the new Fully Assisted Parking Aid can be operated even when the driver is outside of their car.

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Ford CEO reportedly top pick to replace Ballmer as Microsoft chief

Ford CEO reportedly top pick to replace Ballmer as Microsoft chief

Ford CEO Alan Mulally has taken pole position among potential candidates for the Microsoft CEO job, sources claim, despite the exec's ongoing denials that he has ambitions to replace Steve Ballmer. Mulally's name was pushed by Microsoft's board as a possibility, it was reported earlier this month, but Nokia's Stephen Elop was believed to be the frontrunner as he returned to the firm following the smartphone division acquisition. Now, AllThingsD reports, favor has returned to focus on Mulally.

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Ford buys Livio for single in-car infotainment and app standard push

Ford buys Livio for single in-car infotainment and app standard push

Ford has acquired Livio, a car mobile connectivity company specializing in hooking up smartphone entertainment and navigation to dashboards from a variety of brands, as the car company pushes to lead an industry standard for automotive apps. Ford already has its own infotainment system, SYNC, developed with Microsoft and using AppLink for smartphone integration. However, the company also released an open-source version of AppLink - Smart Device Link - to the GENIVI Alliance, the group leading attempts to make cross-marque infotainment systems possible.

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Ford Battles Nissan for City Contracts with Taxi of the Future

Ford Battles Nissan for City Contracts with Taxi of the Future

Nissan may have cornered the biggest compact van taxi market in the United States with its exclusive Taxi of Tomorrow contract with New York City, but Ford is looking to retaliate in other big markets with its own compact van taxi, the Taxi of the Future. Although lacking in such futuristic features as hoverboard technology and roof-hinged doors, Ford's pluckily branded continuation of its Transit Connect line of compact vans does include improvements like greater fuel efficiency, a certified wheelchair access upgrade, and more luggage space than its predecessors. The company introduced the model Sunday at the Internal Association of Transportation Regulators Conference in St. Louis.

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Ford Sync Applink Mobile app catalog and Applink 2.0 jump over the pond

Ford Sync Applink Mobile app catalog and Applink 2.0 jump over the pond

Ford has announced something that European fans of the Ford vehicles will appreciate. The Ford Sync AppLink Catalog is headed to Europe. The official announcement was made during IFA 2013 with the initial launch in six different languages including English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Mandarin. The new catalog of apps allows smartphone owners to discover Sync AppLink compatible applications.

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Microsoft investors reportedly push board to consider Ford CEO as possible Ballmer replacement

Microsoft investors reportedly push board to consider Ford CEO as possible Ballmer replacement

The hunt for a replacement to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is on, and with it have come many possible candidates, including Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, as we noted earlier this month. According to sources who spoke with Reuters, some of Microsoft's investors are leaning a different direction, saying they want a "turnaround expert" while citing a couple of individuals they want added to the candidate pool.

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Ford wraps 2014 Fiesta in bacon

Ford wraps 2014 Fiesta in bacon

I, like many other bacon purists, firmly believe that bacon is proof God loves mankind the most. Ford has created the most appealing 2014 Fiesta ever to roll the streets in celebration of International Bacon Day coming on August 31. Yes, that is indeed a holiday celebrating bacon.

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