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Ford experiment uses Coke’s PlantBottle tech to create car seats with new partnership

Ford experiment uses Coke’s PlantBottle tech to create car seats with new partnership

Going green spans a wide range of endeavors from unusual and offbeat to unique and conservative, and not to be left out of the mix, Ford has been working on its own various environmentally-friendly projects. In its latest move, the auto maker has teamed up with Coca-Cola in a partnership to use the latter company's PlantBottle technology to develop seat components for its Ford Fusion Energi hybrid.

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Ford F-150 EcoBoost trucks save 45M gallons of fuel combined

Ford F-150 EcoBoost trucks save 45M gallons of fuel combined

Ford has been pushing its new line of turbocharged engines in the EcoBoost family hard over the last few years. You can find EcoBoost engines in just about every vehicle line that Ford produces today. The promise of these twin turbo engines is that they will provide the same level of performance as larger naturally aspirated engines with better fuel efficiency.

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Microsoft CEO shortlist gets shorter with Alan Mulally and Stephen Elop making the cut

Microsoft CEO shortlist gets shorter with Alan Mulally and Stephen Elop making the cut

We already know Microsoft is on the hunt for a new CEO with current CEO Steve Ballmer having announced that he would be leaving Microsoft. Early on there were several big names tipped to be on the list as potential candidates to replace Ballmer as CEO of Microsoft. The leaked list included Ford CEO Alan Mulally, former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, and Oracle president Mark Hurd.

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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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