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  • 2012 Ford Mustang equipped with SYNC AppLink

    Last January, we told you that Ford would be opening a lab in California’s Silicon Valley, specifically to “drive innovation in personal mobility.” Ford has recently opened the doors to its Ford Silicon Valley Lab facility, which has a mission based around three priorities: big data, open-source innovation and optimizing the user experience. An ancillary mission of the Palo Alto lab is one of public relations, as Ford wants technology companies to view it as an open platform, accessible and ready for innovative development ideas according to Paul Mascarenas, chief technical...

  • The Nardò proving ground, in the Apulia region of Italy.
    Porsche Engineering To Take Over Nardò Test Track

    The Nardò, Italy proving ground has a long and storied history of high-speed vehicle testing, and its biggest claim to fame is that the 7.8 mile long Nardo Ring oval track can be driven without steering input at speeds up to 149 mph. The Nardò proving ground also contains a 3.9 mile...

  • 2011 Ford Focus
    2012 Ford Focus: Built For (Almost) Everyone In The World

    Building a "World car" is trickier than you might think. With 7 billion of us now on the planet it's fair to say that a lot of different people have a lot of different requirements from a car. Ford already knows this. Its first attempt at a "World car" was in the 1990s, with the appropriately-named...

  • 2012 Nissan Versa four-door sedan
    Tomorrow's Nissan Reads Your Mind, Predicts Your Next Move

    If you think your car is sometimes a little slow to react when you turn a corner or push pedal to the metal, some future technology from Nissan might be right up your street. In-car safety and technology systems have got pretty advanced recently. You can buy cars that adjust their speed according...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf
    Renault-Nissan Opens Tech Research Office In Silicon Valley

    Renault might not sell any cars in the United States but that won't stop them moving into town. With partner Nissan the international group has opened a research and development office in the heart of Mountain View, Silicon Valley. The Renault-Nissan Alliance was created in 1999 and now sells one...

  • Ford Focus development
    Ford On The Fight Against Potholes At European Test Centers

    If you live somewhere with particularly changeable weather and low temperatures during the winter you'll be familiar with potholes. The broken road surfaces and large holes that result can play havoc with traffic and vehicles, damaging suspension, wheels, tires and bodywork and even causing...

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