• Smartphone apps: Coming to a car near you

    Posted September 5, 2013 - 11:00 am

    Everyone knows the smartphone industry is apps driven by apps. Soon, your car may also be ‘driven’ by apps. Is that a good thing? It depends.
  • Once all our cars can talk to each other, what will they reveal about us?

    Posted September 3, 2012 - 1:28 pm

    In the future, cars will be networked, personalized, and connected to the cloud. The laws protecting personal data collected from these cars? Still largely road kill.
  • Ford and GM develop hands-free office apps for cars

    Posted January 31, 2011 - 9:49 pm

    Using tech to work while you drive is a great concept. But for the time being, it's widely accepted that sending and checking e-mail or texting while behind the wheel is very unsafe.
  • CES: Ford debuts all-electric car (video)

    Posted January 7, 2011 - 6:00 pm

    For the first time outside of a major auto show, Ford has introduced a new car, the Focus Electric.
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    MIT: High-tech cars can mellow you out

    Posted November 5, 2010 - 12:01 pm

    Letting the sort of automatic parking systems now available from Ford and Toyota take over doesn't just ensure a better parking job; according to a study from MIT, they can actually reduce stress. Of course, it's still undetermined if that stress is a good thing (because it keeps you more alert) or if the stress drop-off will still happen when such systems are standard equipment on all cars.
  • My Favorite Product from CES is a Ford

    Posted January 12, 2010 - 11:24 pm

    I've been working my way through the video and text reporting notes I collected at CES, and I'm ready to announce my choice for my favorite product at the show -- the Ford Work Solution. In this package, it's a little larger than the average consumer gadget, weighing in a something over 4,000 pounds.
  • Why US Taxpayers Will Bail Out Foreign Auto Suppliers

    Posted March 30, 2009 - 10:36 am

    When news broke last week that the U.S. would provide $5 billion in financing to cash-strapped automotive suppliers, the overall message was clear: The government is trying to prevent the collapse of the domestic auto industry and the Big Three automakers (GM, Ford and Chrysler) by ensuring that their top (or Tier 1) suppliers will receive the billions in payments owed to them by the Big Three. But the American public should remember that in this globalized economy, some of these TARP funds will eventually wind up at auto-parts suppliers in China, Europe, Indonesia, Thailand and elsewhere.
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