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In what qualifies as one of those, 'Are you freaking serious?' moments, the Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies (AARC) is suing auto makers Ford and GM for selling cars with technology to rip music from CDs. The feature that has the AARC in a tizzy is called Jukebox, which records songs from CDs to the infotainment system's hard drive, a feature that's been available on Ford vehicles since at least 2011. AARC is a non-profit organization representing more than 300,000 music artists. Like the RIAA, these types of copyright organizations have largely turned a blind eye to ripping music for... Read more...
The race to develop a driverless car is on, driven in large part by the efforts of Google, although plenty of other companies such as Intel and Ford are investing heavily into developing such technology as well. You can count Nissan as one major car maker that’s in the fray, as CEO Carlos Ghosn revealed the company’s plans to reporters in Tokyo. Nissan has a roadmap for a nearly autonomous car by 2020. By 2016, Nissan will have vehicles that can self-park; by 2018, they’ll be able to change lanes without driver intervention, and by 2020 they’ll be able to navigate intersections... Read more...
As we dive deeper into the era of the so-called "Internet of Things" (IoT), some exciting things are happening. One of them is a joint collaboration between Ford and Intel to make automobiles more connected, which would include the ability to remotely view what's happening inside your vehicle using a smartphone app, as well as give or deny permission to guest drivers. Those are just two examples of what could come out of Project Mobii. Mobii stands for Mobile Interior Imaging, and just like it sounds, Ford and Intel are exploring ways how interior-facing cameras sporting sensor technology and various... Read more...
At first glance, Ford Motor Company and Samsung SDI may seem like an odd couple, but together they're working on a hybrid battery technology that could eventually be mass produced on non-hybrid vehicles for better fuel savings. The collaborative technology is part of a 10-year research effort and involves a dual-battery system that combines a lithium-ion battery with a 12-volt lead-acid battery. By combining the two, it could enable regenerative braking technology in non-hybrid vehicles for improved fuel efficiency, and could one day render traditional lead-acid batteries an obsolete technology.... Read more...
Shortly after Steve Ballmer announced his plans to step down as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Microsoft, the search began in earnest to replace him and one name that kept coming up was Alan Mulally, CEO of Ford who is contractually obligated to remain with his company through 2014. Had he been offered the job at Microsoft, there's no doubt Mulally would have been able to buy out his contract, but up until recently, it was all speculation. Apparently tired of fielding the same question over and over, Mulally finally addressed the giant elephant in the room. His answer? According to an article... Read more...
Don’t look now, but the solar-powered car is making a comeback. Ford announced the C-MAX Solar Energi Concept, a sporty-looking hatchback whose roof is lined with solar panels. The idea is that the car will offer “the best of a plug-in hybrid without depending on the electric grid for fuel”--which is a brilliant idea if it pans out. The roof panels of the C-MAX Solar Energi have a concentrator, like a magnifying glass, that more efficiently collects the sun’s rays to charge the battery. The company claims that a day’s worth of sunshine can deliver the same performance... Read more...
Microsoft still has up to eight more months to find a replacement for Steve Ballmer, the outgoing CEO who announced near the end of August plans to retire within the next 12 months, essentially giving himself and Microsoft's board of directors a deadline to hire someone new. Less than four months into the search, one name that keeps coming up is Ford chief Alan Mulally, and that has Ford's board feeling a little anxious. The board's biggest concern is that Mulally has done nothing to take his name out of contention. If he didn't have interest in the Microsoft job and/or was committed to staying... Read more...
Considered by some industry analysts to be the front runner to replace Steve Ballmer as Microsoft's next Chief Executive Officer, Alan Mulally, the man in charge of Ford, might now be out of the running. As far as the automobile maker's director Edsel Ford II is concerned, Mulally is staying with his current company at least through the end of 2014, which would carry him beyond the 1-year timeline Microsoft gave itself to find a replacement chief. "Alan is staying through the end of 2014 and that's all I know," Ford said off to the side during the new Mustang unveiling in Dearborn, Michigan, according... Read more...
Ever since Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced his retirement in August, the company has been busily hunting for a new head honcho, and according to a Reuters report, among those on the shortlist are Nokia’s Stephen Elop, Ford CEO Alan Mulally, and three other external candidates whose names could not be determined. In addition to those five, there are at least three names from within Microsoft’s own ranks that are options for the big chair, including Tony Bates, former Skype CEO who is now in charge of Microsoft’s business development, and Satya Nadella, who runs Microsoft’s... Read more...
Although the dream of roads full of driverless cars is a ways off, several companies such as Tesla and Google are making steps toward that goal by developing self-driving car technology. Ford is now also demonstrating self-parking technology called Fully Assisted Parking Aid that will actually help a driver locate a spot and then make the car automatically park itself--without the driver inside. Indeed, you’ll be able to hop out of the car and use a smartphone app to tell your car to park itself. This is ideal for both parking in tight spaces (i.e., you don’t have to squeeze your way... Read more...
Former Nokia chief Stephen Elop has emerged as the odds-on frontrunner to replace Steve Ballmer at Microsoft, and while that may very well come to fruition, there are other candidates worth considering. Two of them include Ford Motor CEO Alan Mulally and Computer Sciences Corp's (CSC) CEO Mike Lawrie. Citing "several sources familiar with the matter," Reuters says Microsoft and its special committee tasked with finding the company's next chief has a list of about 40 potential replacements it's considering. The list includes a mix of internal and external candidates for the job. Investors would... Read more...
Make no mistake: the world is 3D printing has become an incredibly interesting one, and one that's growing at breakneck pace. What was once a hobby for high-end science labs has quickly become a favorite amongst average consumers, and now, companies far and wide. Ford has just published a video showing an engineer building a vibrating shift knob using just a 3D printer and an Xbox 360 controller. The point? To create an intelligent shift knob that helps people learn how to drive a manual vehicle, and it also is designed to vibrate when one should shift in order to save the most fuel. It's built... Read more...
Detroit, which in recent decades has become a punchline, is reinventing itself by focusing on technology. More specifically, the auto industry is looking to the tech sector, as car manufacturers seek to develop software applications for next-gen connected vehicles. Thus, there’s a small but attractive job market blooming in Detroit. The New York Times says that big automakers are all hiring. For example, GM plans to add 4,400 employees to its rolls over the next few years, and many of those positions will be in the area, and Ford has 300 IT positions open this year. Statewide, available tech... Read more...
Satellite radio is about to become an even more integrated experience in new Ford vehicles. The automaker has announced plans to become the first in the industry to launch MySMX and SiriusXM On Demand alongside satellite radio in vehicles. For the first time ever, subscribers will be able to control SiriusXM Internet Radio programming and listen to SiriusXM's personalized commercial-free music channels using their vehicle's in-dash radio. It's essentially an extension of what has been possible before for subscribers, tying in some nice interplay with smartphones. Ford drivers will be the first... Read more...
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