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Alexa will soon be able to unlock your car and start your engine

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Amazon doesn't even have a formal presence at CES 2017 but you'd never know it by the number of times Alexa is being mentioned on the show floor. She's in speakers, baby monitors, and now she's sharing the stage with Ford as the automaker is finally showing off how she'll act behind the wheel. Ford's SYNC 3 AppLink software is going to make it possible to access Alexa's ever growing list of skills and voice commands while you're behind the wheel, and even control some of your car's functions while you're sitting in your living room.

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Mike Wehner

January 5th

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Can someone please teach Uber’s self-driving cars to read road signs?

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Uber's self-driving cars are marvels of modern technology. Unfortunately, they also don't seem to know what a one-way street looks like. A video posted to Facebook shows one of Uber's autonomous Ford Fusions undergoing testing in Pittsburgh. By "undergoing testing," I really mean making a turn down a one-way road, before the human realised the mistake and made a large and embarrassing U-turn in the intersection.

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Chris Mills

October 5th

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There’s finally a major car company more ambitious than Tesla

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The wild success Tesla experienced with the Model S clearly demonstrated that not only is there a viable market for EVs but that electric cars may very well be where the entire auto industry is headed. In a similar vein, the work that Tesla is carrying out with its Autopilot software is influencing other established players within the auto industry to devote an ever-increasing proportion of R&D dollars towards self-driving car technologies.

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Yoni Heisler

August 17th

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Ford’s Testing Its Autonomous Cars in the Dark

If you don’t enjoy driving in the dark, Ford’s latest autonomous car tests will cheer you up. The company’s announced that it’s been successfully testing its cars at nighttime, a scenario that brings its own set of fairly obvious challenges for self-driving vehicles.

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Jamie Condliffe

April 11th

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Ford’s first vehicle w/ Apple’s CarPlay will be 2017 Escape in May

Ford today announced that its first vehicle to offer support for Apple’s iPhone-connected, in-dash CarPlay system will be the 2017 Escape going on sale in May.

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Jordan Kahn

March 18th

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The Nightmare That Is Backing Up a Huge Trailer Just Got Easier

Backing into a parking spot is an impossible challenge for many drivers. How about backing up while also towing a trailer? That could get at least a little easier with a nifty feature on the upcoming 2017 Ford Super Duty pickup, called Trailer Reverse Guidance.

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Andrew Liszewski

March 16th

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The Nightmare That Is Backing Up a Huge Trailer Just Got Easier

Backing into a parking spot is an impossible challenge for many drivers. How about backing up while also towing a trailer? That could get at least a little easier with a nifty feature on the upcoming 2017 Ford Super Duty pickup, called Trailer Reverse Guidance.

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Andrew Liszewski

March 16th

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Video: Ford executive is optimistic on Apple Car rumors: ‘I think Apple can do it’

Ford is expanding its SYNC® connectivity system, adding Apple CarPlay, giving iPhone users access to Maps, Messages, Phone and Music through Siri voice control or touch screen. In North America, Ford is making Apple CarPlay available on all 2017 vehicles equipped with SYNC 3, starting with the all-new Ford Escape. Owners of 2016 vehicles equipped with SYNC 3 will have an opportunity to upgrade later in the year.

Rumors of Apple Car (codename ‘Project Titan’) continue to swirl and there’s plenty time left for Apple to solidify or change its plans, given the expected launch of the new automobile is still five years away. However, that isn’t stopping car company executives weighing in on the rumors. Whilst GM execs diss the idea of Apple investing in an electric car as a ‘gigantic money pit’, an executive from Ford seems enthused by the prospect. In an interview with Trusted Reviews,  Don Butler, Executive Director for Ford Connected Vehicles, said that they welcome competition and thinks technology companies can pull it off.

“We welcome others joining. We welcome the activity that’s in the space. We think it’s exciting. It’s actually changed that we are embracing,” said Butler, speaking to TrustedReviews at the CES 2016 tradeshow in Las Vegas. “So I think Apple can do it. I think Google can do it.”

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Regarding autonomy, the Ford exec believes that the industry will reach Level 4 autonomous driving. This means that cars will be able to drive themselves in well-mapped areas in well-mapped conditions, i.e. main roads, highways and cities. He also suggests that companies like Apple or Google could partner with companies like Ford to speed up innovation in the car sector. Today, Ford is a close partner in Apple’s CarPlay system, promising to bring integrations to cars in 2016.

Ford seems to be bullish on the adoption of the technology and the integration with technology companies. However, Dave Anderson, a representative from automotive integration at Nvidia was not as convinced regarding Apple’s entrance. He warned that the process of making cars is arduous and involved, claiming both Apple and Google have a lot more learning to do before they can release their own successful electric vehicles.

It is likely that Apple’s presence in the vehicles industry has grown since it made an appearance at a global car conference in November, leading executives to consider the proposition more seriously. Last week, Elon Musk described Apple’s electric car efforts as an ‘open secret’, claiming it could be compelling. The tangible Apple Car will remain a mystery for the foreseeable future, however.


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January 20th

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Everything You Need to Know About Obama’s Autonomous Car Plan

In his final State of the Union, President Obama hinted about building a “21st century transportation system .” Now we know he was actually sitting on a plan to dramatically change the way Americans get around.

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Alissa Walker

January 14th

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Ford Is Testing Its Autonomous Cars in the Snow (and That’s Pretty Damn Tough)

Adverse weather conditions have long been considered one of the biggest barriers in the development of self-driving vehicles. Now, Ford has announced that it’s been testing its autonomous cars in the snow.

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Jamie Condliffe

January 11th

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