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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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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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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High quality music streaming over the Internet to your car stereo

You may have heard that Ford SYNC (based on Microsoft’s Windows Automotive) will play music from your mp3 player, or even from a USB drive, as the video here shows.  Turns out you can also stream music from either a phone or a laptop via a mobile phone Internet connection and Bluetooth using the A2DP…

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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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Identity -- It's not just for people! (Part 1)

Yesterday I sent an email along these lines to a few friends: Automotive part counterfeiting costs about $12B/year – just for Tier 1 suppliers.   Part counterfeiting costs Ford alone $1B.  Beyond automotive, according to the National Association of Manufacturing, trade of counterfeit parts is about 5-7% of global trade – around $500B per year.   As you…

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Toyota's Car OS vs. Ford's Sync (Microsoft Windows Automotive), Part 2

Welcome back for Part 2!  I didn’t expect this to be a series when I wrote the original post, but two things happened recently that might (I hope 🙂  ) make  a second post interesting.  First, Reuters picked up a story from the Nikkei business daily headlined “Toyota plans standards for in-car software”.    A few…

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