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    Maybe it has something to do with the start of the auto show season. Or maybe it's because we're fast approaching the 30-year anniversary of War Games. But whatever the reason, the subject of hacking is clearly a hot topic in car circles. Last week, you might recall that MacAfee issued an alarming (read: alarmist) study about the potential for baddies to hack into on-board computers. Yesterday, we reported on the exploits of telematics tinkerers at the annual TechCrunch Hackathon. Now comes more news from the TechCrunch Disrupt event that Ford Motor Company and Bug Labs will soon give car...

  • Ford, Toyota Team Up On Telematics: What's It Mean For You?

    Automotive heavyweights Ford and Toyota joined forces yesterday to make a very interesting announcement. Toyota's executive vice president for research and development, Takeshi Uchiyamada, appeared with Ford's group vice president for global product development, Derrick Kuzak, to say that the...

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    Ford Fiesta To Be Available With Three-Cylinder EcoBoost: Report

    Ford's upcoming 1.0-liter, three-cylinder EcoBoost engine will make it to Fiestas sold in North America, according to information pieced together from Ford executives

  • 2012 Ford Focus Electric
    Ford Asks, 'How Should The 2012 Ford Focus Electric Sound?'

    Electric vehicles have upsides and downsides. On the upside, they crank out far fewer pollutants than their fossil-fuel-swilling cousins, and they may help ease dependence on foreign oil. On the downside, they're quiet. Too quiet. While some of you might find that a good thing, EV's lack of sound...

  • MyFord Touch
    Can Better Voice Recognition Boost Ford's Quality Ranking?

    Yesterday, Ford Motor Company received quite a wallop from research firm J.D. Power: after several years of steady improvement, Ford plummeted from 5th place to 23rd on the firm's Initial Quality Survey. How can Ford climb back toward the top? Better voice-interaction with the company's SYNC system...

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    Ford Takes Its Talking Vehicles On The Road

    While EVs and plug-in hybrids may be drawing most of the headlines these days, there's another tech development on the horizon that could bring bigger changes for drivers -- and the planet. Vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology is a promising, affordable solution to many of today's transportation...

  • Ford SYNC

    Ford's popular Sync telematics system offers an array of great features, like entertainment, navigation, and diagnostics. Now, the automaker's tech team are wondering if they might extend diagnostics to evaluate the health of drivers themselves. Developers at Ford have begun working with WellDoc, a start-up that creates health management software. Together, they've built a prototype system that can monitor a driver's health and look out for symptoms that could indicate an oncoming health crisis like a heart attack or seizure. At the moment, the system is predictive, meaning that it accesses...

  • The Lincoln Lawyer
    Good News, Bad News, And Worse For Ford And 'The Lincoln Lawyer'

    Good news: At a time when corporate marketing budgets are merely a shadow of what they once were, Ford will get a free ride in the new film, The Lincoln Lawyer. A Lincoln spokesman says that the company didn't spend a dime on product placement for the movie. Bad news: The Lincoln Lawyer features...

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    2011 Detroit Auto Show Celebrity Sightings (And What They Mean For You!)

    Pundits say that the economy is on the mend and that customers want to spend. (Sadly, they don't often say it in rhyme.) But while the recession may be behind us, there's still something not-quite-right about this year's Detroit Auto Show. Sure, we've seen fog machines and the mandatory strobe...

  • Bret Michaels parties with MyFord Touch
    Snoop Dogg, Bret Michaels, Now Answering Your Questions About...The Ford Explorer

    Last time we saw Snoop Dogg, he'd rented a battalion of Packards for his wife's 35th birthday party. Last time we saw Bret Michaels...well, we haven't actually seen BM around here, though we did catch him taking a spin at the Tonys. Apparently, both have recovered well enough to help shill the 2011...

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    Scott Caan And His Best Buddy In A Vintage Ford Truck

    Since tomorrow will be a special CelebsAndCars entry, this is technically the last "regular" post of 2009. And although we could've easily gone with the million-dollar feud brewing among the trashy, splashy Teutel family, or the high-speed antics of the equally trashy but less splashy (as Playgirl...

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