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Qualcomm buddies up with Ford, Panasonic to punt connected car tech

Qualcomm, amid all of its corporate wranglings with Broadcom, is branching out into silicon for connected cars thanks to a three-way tie-up with Panasonic and Ford. The so-called C-V2X project (cellular vehicle-to-everything) will enable connected cars to talk not only to each other but also to smart street furniture. In spite …
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Map app chaps Waze add shout-at-sat-nav support for Ford cars

Shouting at your sat-nav may now result in something actually happening, whether or not you want it, thanks to Ford and navigation app Waze's inclusion of voice control. The feature has been rolled out along with the ability to project the displays of iPhones running Waze onto Ford wagons' touchscreens. "Our goal is to make …
Gareth Corfield, 17 May 2018
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Ford giving electric car investment a jolt to the tune of $11bn

American auto enormity Ford will increase its investment in electric vehicles to $11bn (£7.97bn) in the next five years, it announced yesterday at the North American International Auto Show. With its planned doubling of expenditure from $3.5bn (£3.26bn), it will create 16 fully electric cars and 24 plug-in hybrids by 2022, a …
Richard Priday, 15 Jan 2018
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Robot takes the job of sitting on your arse

Poll Car-maker Ford has revealed a robot that's taken the job of sitting on your arse. Described as a “metallic butt” in video below, the device is used to determine “the exact pass pattern of a person's sitting behaviour” so that the company can design better car seats. The robot simulates sitting in and out of a car seat 25,000 …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Oct 2017
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It’s 2017 and Hayes AT modem commands can hack luxury cars

Updated A bunch of mid-age Ford, Infiniti, Nissan and BMW vehicles are carrying around a vulnerable chipset from Infineon that America's ICS-CERT reckons is easy to exploit. The BMWs went on sale between 2009 and 2010, the affected Infiniti models were built between 2013 and 2015 and there's a chance Nissan Leafs manufactured between …
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Ford to replace CEO with connected car division boss – reports

Ford has reportedly invited its CEO to leave following a slump in share prices which some media reports pin on the US auto maker’s shift from focusing on cars to tech. The US Associated Press reported this morning that 56-year-old Mark Fields is retiring “amid questions about its current performance and future strategy”. Under …
Gareth Corfield, 22 May 2017
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Ford slurps 400 BlackBerry devs in smart car software push

Multinational car company Ford has hired 400 developers from BlackBerry for its connected cars, shortly after announcing the building of its own data centre. The Ottawa Sun newspaper reported that a previously announced “agreement” actually amounted to a transfer of 400 heads between companies. Last month, Ford announced it …
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Ford to build own data centre to store connected car data

Following boastful tweets by American president Donald Trump about job creation, Ford is set to open its very own Michigan data centre for its connected cars. Predicting data storage requirements of 200PB by 2021 – growing from today’s 13PB – Ford chief exec Mark Fields said in a canned statement that the new bit barn “will …
Gareth Corfield, 30 Mar 2017

Ford fills up ex-Google, Uber engineers' tank: $1bn pours into Argo AI

Ford is investing $1bn in Argo AI, a startup cofounded by engineers who resigned from Google and Uber’s autonomous car projects. Competition to develop the world’s first completely autonomous car is fierce. Companies like Audi, Tesla, Baidu, Nissan, and Toyota are racing to get their brand-spanking-new technologies on the road …
Katyanna Quach, 13 Feb 2017
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Ford slams brakes on sales spreadsheets after fire menaces data center

Ford is working to recover after a fire at its US corporate headquarters briefly shut down data center operations and prevented it from gathering sales data. The automotive giant said that the Monday fire, which broke out at a power sub-station beneath the building, caused a full evacuation of its headquarters in Dearborn, MI …
Shaun Nichols, 1 Nov 2016
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Uber and Volvo take on Ford in race to launch self-driving vehicles

Volvo and Uber are taking on Ford to usher in the next decade with a fleet of self-driving vehicles. The VC-funded ride-sharing service has bought Silicon Valley self-driving vehicle technology start up Ottomotto LLC. Financial terms were not disclosed. Under the deal, Otto’s co-founder Anthony Levandowski will head Uber’s …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Aug 2016
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Ford announces plans for mass production of self-driving cars by 2021

Ford has claimed that it will be mass-producing a self-driving car by 2021. The Michigan-based multinational’s president and CEO, Mark Fields, has informed a Palo Alto audience that the business would be selling cars without steering wheels or pedals in five years' time. This, according to the Financial Times, is because Ford …
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Pivotal's $653m funding

Pivotal’s Series C funding round was reported to be worth $253m, but is now closer to $653m, a Form D SEC filing reveals. The extra money comes from existing investors EMC, who converted $400m in debt to equity to account for the additional money recorded in the SEC form, claims a Pivotal spokesperson who spoke to TechCrunch …
Katyanna Quach, 10 May 2016
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Ford tops up Pivotal's $253m cash slurp, parks CIO on its board

Ford is pumping a hefty $182.2m into platform-as-a-service spinner Pivotal as part of a key strategic stake. The car company announced the investment in the three-year-old EMC spin-out, adding that its chief information officer, Marcy Klevorn, is also joining Pivotal’s board. Ford is the lead investor in a funding round that …
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Ford's parallel PARCing: Motor giant tries to craft new tech just like Xerox

Ford is scared of the future. It has to figure out how to survive in a time when manually driving your car to work is as archaic as commuting by horse. The motor company is running research projects to look at how the future might be multi-modal, with car-share schemes, folding electric bikes, and self-driving cars. There is a …
Simon Rockman, 28 Jul 2015
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Toyota recalls 625,000 hybrids: Software bug kills engines dead with THERMAL OVERLOAD

Toyota has become the third car manufacturer in two weeks to recall its cars because of software problems, with over 625,000 Prius hybrids needing an upgrade to stop the engine suddenly cutting out. On Tuesday Jaguar Land Rover recalled 65,000 of its Range Rover models over a software glitch that caused the cars to …
Iain Thomson, 15 Jul 2015
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Ford's 400,000-car recall could be the tip of an auto security iceberg

Ford’s recall of more than 400,000 cars in North America to fix a software bug may be just the first of many for the motor industry as automobiles become increasingly complex, security researchers warn. As previously reported, a total of 433,000 2015 Focus, C-MAX and Escape cars are being recalled to dealerships for a software …
John Leyden, 8 Jul 2015
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Ford recalls 433,000 cars: Software bug breaks engine off-switch

Ford is recalling 433,000 of its cars as they suffer from a software bug that could prevent drivers from turning off their engines. The affected models include some 2015 Focus, C-MAX, and Escape vehicles. If you're unlucky, turning the ignition key to the off position and removing the key, or pressing the engine stop button, …

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