Ford Opens New Silicon Valley Research Center to Drive Innovation in Connectivity, Mobility, Autonomous Vehicles

Ford is opening the Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto to accelerate its development of technologies and experiments in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, customer experience and big data
Ford forms research alliance with Stanford, delivering Fusion Hybrid Autonomous Research Vehicle to university engineers for next phase of testing
Dragos Maciuca, an experienced Silicon Valley engineer, joins Ford from Apple to serve as senior technical leader at Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto; additional hiring plans will support Ford having one of the largest automotive research teams in Silicon Valley

Ford today opens the Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto, growing its global research team and accelerating the company’s innovation in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, customer experience and big data. Read more


Forget those fancy paper invites printed in expensive stock paper, classy calligraphy, gold dust and all. If you’re one of those who want to test drive the Audi A8, check out the video below to know how the A8 will get to your driveway, and not the other way around.

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SKULLY P-1 Provides 'Google Glass-like' HUD on your Motorcycle Helmet #Video

This uber-high tech helmet features a 180 degree rear-view camera that feeds images into the HUD (heads up display) serving as the main control panel for all its sweet features – visual GPS navigation, bluetooth connectivity. accelerometer, a gyroscope, compass and to minimize distraction, smartphone link via voice control.

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Stuttgart-based automaker Mercedes-Benz presents at CES 2014 a new version of its Digital DriveStyle App with iPhone integration for cars equipped with the Drive Kit Plus which now allows users to access controls of their Nest Labs thermostats at home right from their cars. The new version of the app also features an intergration with Google’s Google+ network, aside from the already existing Facebook integration, which altogether offers a text-to-speech feature so the latest posts on your social feed will be read by the app. These new features shown at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas will be made available in the US in the coming months. Read more

While some people may think of only limited uses for the smartwatch – social media feed reader, SMS notifier or some would even claim it as nothing but an overpriced timepiece. But with the latest integration of a smartwatch and a Mercedes car announced at CES 2014, the watch just got a lot smarter. Read more

Bosch CEO Werner Struth announced on Monday at the CES in Las Vegas a 2.5 by 2.5 millimeters wide model sensor designed for smartphones and other consumer devices and also for the automotive industry.

Increasingly being built into devices both in the home and in automobiles – Bosch plans to develop these components as a new strategic goal, according to the CEO. Struth also adds that the auto industry remains as the largest sector of Bosch and that these new sensors will pave way to a “full automated driving system.” Read more

Navigation tech specialist Garmin unveils three new products at this year’s CES: a new entry-level 6-inch Navi, the HUD + and a Dash Cam – the first car camera from Garmin.

The Nuvi 66LMT comes with a bigger 6-inch display, Garmin Real Voice add-on and the POI Along the route feature which indicates interesting destinations like the nearest ATM or a nearby gas station. Read more

This May Be What's Needed to Stop Distracted Driving

As we all know there is a tragic problem of drivers being distracted by cell phones and other electronic devices, resulting in fatal accidents. Distracted driving accounts for 10 % of traffic fatalities, and a much effort is being put into trying to alleviate this problem. Good news is someone seems to have what appears to be an effective plan to try and solve this issue. Read more

Connected Cars | Mercedes brings

Much faster than expected, German-based car maker Mercedes-Benz equips other models besides its S-Class series with the real-time traffic information system “Comand Online”. According to “auto motor und sport”, the company has confirmed, that currently produced C-Class models already have the system embedded  Starting September, the E-Class will follow. However, already delivered cars can not be retrofitted with the “Comand Online”  system.

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AutoMotorTech | Car Hackers: Let’s Go and Hack a Prius! #Video

August 5, 2013 | Author: MotorBlog.com | am

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AutoMotorTech | Auto Hackers: : Let's Go and Hack a Prius! #Video

The youngsters are just having a bit of fun. Hackers never intend to do harm. The two here demonstrate the fun they have after taking over the car’s electronic systems.

On behalf of Forbes, the two computer security freaks have removed a Toyota Prius dashboard, exposed the electronic equipment behind it, and set to work with their laptop. Look what they can do! They can turn off the brakes from the back seat, play with the steering wheel, as well as all sorts of other mayhem. Read more