Beautiful McLaren MP4 12-C supercar runs on Windows

Interesting to see Steve Clayton’s post on the McLaren MP4 12-C running not one but two Microsoft Windows operating systems.  Not really that surprising, though.  The McLaren Group is leveraging its racing heritage as it builds McLaren Automotive into a consumer sports car manufacturer.  In addition to housing McLaren Automotive, the building behind the beautiful…

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Ford unveils fledgling developer network for SYNC

Really enjoyed the Ford’s Keynote at CES today. Too much to talk  about, really.  A couple of very quick notes: It was fun to see Ford briefly mention the American Journey 2.0 project that I (and others at Microsoft) have been working with them and the University of Michigan on.    The design course is just…

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So this is what a $2500 car looks like...

The Tata Nano was unveiled recently… a new car from Tata Motors that is expected to sell for about $2500.  Comes with a 624cc gasoline engine… no word yet on fuel efficiency.  Or crash protection.  Is this the next Yugo?  Or India’s Model T? Not sure in which markets the Tata Nano will be for…

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Amazing Day 1 Keynote at MIX!

Wow — so much at MIX I can’t possibly do it justice right now, but check out the summary here.   Really, really amazing stuff and some super announcements.  Just a teaser: Silverlight for Mobile devices — and not just windows mobile but Nokia Symbian, too. Use common skills for rich media apps everywhere. IE8 –…

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S+S Example #1: Ford Work Solutions

Computers and software can do lots of interesting things, and more every day.  While I love websites —  I  don’t want to be completely constrained to them.  For example, i like having things like Zune, my smartphone, Windows Live Writer, etc. as part of my life even though (actually, because)  the experiences are not completely…

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Coskata Ethanol breakthrough announced at Detroit International Autos Show, Partnership with GM

Rick Wagoner, Chairman of General Motors, announced at the Detroit North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) that GM has taken an equity stake in an ethanol manufacturer called Coskata, and that Coskata has developed a breakthrough process for producing ethanol that is far more efficient than traditional corn processes.  In fact, the process is so…

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Filling the Boomer Gap in Automotive, post-SYNC what comes next?

Ed Wallace has a great article in Business Week about the impact of mass demographics on the auto industry — fun to read, and insightful.   Years ago, I remember walking through Ford WHQ and seeing a distinct focus on Gen Y.  Gen X isn’t big enough to offset the void the boomers will leave.  The…

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Ford SYNC - Beyond cool, it sells cars, too!

Regular readers of this blog know that I’ve been excited about Ford’s SYNC for quite a while now.  For those that don’t know, SYNC is Ford’s implementation of Windows Automotive inside their vehicles to provide hands free access to media and phone.  For a great, quick demonstration of SYNC reading/sending text messages and playing music…

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Share the Robot Love! Toyota's violin playing bot and the GM FIRST Robot Challenge

I’m a fan of robots.  As such, two things caught my attention recently — one far from home and one very near.  First, on Thursday Toyota unveiled a white, 5 foot tall, violin playing robot that bowed with its right arm and pressed strings with its left.  Perhaps the performance lacked “soul”, but it was…

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I'm so excited about Ford SYNC (aka Windows Automotive)!

I can’t wait to get my new Ford with SYNC!  See a review here.  Pricing is just $395.  Learn more about SYNC here here.  In one way or another, I’ve been involved in this domain for the last 7 years.  In fact, I moved from Seattle to join Ford back in 2000 mostly because I was…

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