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Ford adds Apple CarPlay, Android Auto with first over-the-air update
Ford adds Apple CarPlay, Android Auto with first over-the-air update

Today, much of the auto world's attention is focused on the game of musical chairs taking place in Ford Motor Company's corner offices. In all the hubbub, though, you might've missed a truly interesting technology tidbit: the automaker has rolled out Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to late-model...Read More»

Jim Hackett
Ford CEO Mark Fields ousted in favor of self-driving car exec

It's the end of an era, albeit a short one: this morning, Ford Motor Company announced the conclusion of CEO Mark Fields' three-year run. Instead of launching a lengthy hunt for a new executive, the automaker is promoting its self-driving car chief, Jim Hackett, to the top role. Fields' unexpected...Read More»

MyFord Touch made simpler for 2013
Lawsuits against MyFord Touch move forward: will this discourage automakers from doing infotainment?

Remember MyFord Touch and MyLincoln touch, the infotainment systems that shoppers loved and loved to hate? Three years ago, owners sued Ford over the systems' glitchy, underwhelming performance. Now, many of those cases have been wrapped into a class-action lawsuit, which could mean a big payout...Read More»

Apple CarPlay
Ford offers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto in all 2017 models

Good news, Apple and Android fans: every 2017 Ford model in the U.S. will support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. That's because Ford is rolling out its latest telematics platform, SYNC 3, to the full 2017 model-year lineup. As the automaker revealed back in January, SYNC 3 is what makes CarPlay...Read More»

Apple CarPlay On Ford's SYNC3
Ford SYNC Adds Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, And Other Features For 2017, 2016 Models

If you love your smartphone as much as we do, and if you drive a new Ford, we've got some very exciting news: Ford has said that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will both roll out to the SYNC 3 infotainment system this year, as will several other useful features. Over the past year, Ford SYNC has...Read More»

Volvo Cars Microsoft HoloLens
Can Volvo Save Microsoft?

Today is the 30th birthday of Microsoft Windows, the operating system everyone loves to hate. It's remarkable that Windows has survived this long -- though to be fair, neither it nor its maker are quite what they once were. However, a new partnership with Volvo could potentially give Microsoft a...Read More»

The open-source version of Ford AppLink called SmartDeviceLink or SDL
Toyota Teams With Ford To Stop Apple, Google From Dominating Dashboards

Car companies aren't known for creating awesome infotainment systems. In fact, though today's vehicles are mechanically very good, quality scores have plummeted because of terrible in-dash software. That's why many shoppers are excited about the long-overdue arrival of Google's Android Auto and...Read More»

Ford Sync 3 infotainment system
Ford Axes Troubled MyFord Touch For Sync 3

Ford's MyFord Touch infotainment system is going the way of Windows XP--an ironic parallel, since Ford [NYSE:F] is also ditching Microsoft code as it ushers in a third-generation infotainment system dubbed Sync 3. ALSO SEE: 2016 Audi Q7: First Look The new system skips the MyFord Touch and...Read More»

AAA Foundation study infographic: 'Measuring Cognitive Distraction in the Vehicle'
Toyota, Hyundai Ace AAA's Distracted Driving Study; Mercedes, Ford, Apple Fare Poorly

The National Transportation Safety Board may have been right all along, and former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood may have to eat a little crow. That's because the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has released data from a new study that confirms what the NTSB and others have already...Read More»

Volkswagen iBeetle and iBeetle Cabriolet
Forget MyFord & All The Rest: Apple & Google Are Going To Own Your Dashboard

The sad fact is, cell phones aren't perfect. Sure, they keep us connected to friends around the globe, but they also make it possible for us to spend entire holiday dinners face down in Facebook, ignoring everyone around us. And that's to say nothing of mobile phones' tragic effect on auto fatality...Read More»

MyFord Touch made simpler for 2013
Owners Sue Ford Over MyFord Touch Infotainment Flaws

The MyFord Touch infotainment system has been a mixed blessing for Ford. On the one hand, it's become hugely popular with consumers. In fact, roughly 80 percent of new-car shoppers shell out for it. That's meant huge profits for America's best-loved company. On the other hand, not everyone's a fan...Read More»

2013 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study brand rankings
J.D. Power: The Stuff That Car Owners Hate Usually Can't Be Fixed

J.D. Power has just released its highly anticipated 2013 Initial Quality Study, and on the whole, it contains plenty of good news for consumers and automakers alike. However, it also signals a major shift in the way that we relate to our vehicles and what we expect of them. The study is based on...Read More»

MyFord Touch system in the 2014 Ford Fiesta - image: Ford Motor Company
Despite Complaints, Ford Sync & MyFord Touch Remain Popular

Two years ago, J.D. Power published a brutal assessment of Ford Motor Company: in just one year, the company's rank on Power's Initial Quality Survey plummeted from #5 to #23. The tumble wasn't due to dodgy build quality on the vehicles themselves. Rather, it was almost entirely attributed to...Read More»

Ford 'Video Snacks' bring vehicle features directly to consumers
Ford Feeds Shoppers 'Video Snacks' To Explain New Car Features

Perhaps more than any other automaker, Ford understands the challenges of explaining technology to customers. Its own MyFord Touch and SYNC systems have caused the company's initial quality rankings to plummet because owners don't understand how all the bells and whistles work. Now, Ford has...Read More»

Chevrolet Spark & Sonic models add Apple's voice-activated Siri software to MyLink
Siri, Amazon Cloud Player, Slacker Come To Dashboards

If you're a fan of cars and technology, this is a very big week. Three important services have arrived on infotainment systems, which could make your daily commute more comfortable -- provided you've got a good data plan with your mobile carrier. Siri Last June, we mentioned that Apple's Siri...Read More»

MyFord Touch system in the 2014 Ford Fiesta - image: Ford Motor Company
2014 Ford Fiesta Gets The MyFord Touch Infotainment System

In the old days, buying a base model generally meant compromising on the features you really wanted, since automakers really offered the “good stuff” in gateway vehicles. Take Ford’s popular Fiesta, for example: it offers stripped-down Sync and navigation systems, but buyers...Read More»

2014 Chevrolet Corvette (C7) spy shots
Corvette Spy Shots, iPhone 5 Fights Distraction, Front-Drive BMW: Today's Car News

Today at The Car Connection, we show you spy photos of the upcoming 2014 C7 Corvette, tell you how the new iPhone will work to combat distracted driving and spill the beans on a new front-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid concept from BMW. The weekend is nearly here, so be sure to stock up on car news, as...Read More»

Tina Fey and Steve Carell for the movie Date Night
Dates.fm App For Ford SYNC Helps Plan Epic Date Nights

Today, most of the tech world's attention is focused on Apple and the likely debut of the iPhone 5 (and maybe the iPad Mini). But there's another tech story on the West Coast that could have a direct effect on your love life -- especially if you drive a Ford. In San Francisco, the gadget blog...Read More»

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Roximity App Debuts, Lets Drivers Know About Deals Nearby

Last year, we told you about Roximity, a new location-based app that alerts smartphone owners to nearby deals. The app won the Ford SYNC App Developer Challenge, and now, after nearly a year of refinement, it's launched for Apple devices, with an Android version in the pipeline. The way it works is...Read More»

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