Obama talks GM, but leaves out the "B" word. Hydrogen is back this week; will it stay? And the new version of Microsoft SYNC is out; we'll tell you what it does and if your Ford can get it. Plus, a ride in a hotted-up Lexus.Listen now: Download today's podcast SHOW NOTES
Ford Motor today released details on Sync's 911 Assist. The service will place a call directly to a local 911 operator in the event of an accident involving the activation of an air bag or an emergency fuel pump shutoff.
911 Assist, along with Vehicle Health Report, expands the features of Sync; both features are bundled together and now available as a software upgrade at dealerships for existing Sync owners and will come standard in the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid.
Unlike other crash notification services, 911 Assist does not require the customer to sign up and pay for a … Read more
Forget analog gauges; the instrument cluster of the future will be a 3D dynamic display configurable by the user. Computer graphics company Nvidia is has developed a chip designed specifically for the automotive market. This chip holds system software and graphics processing capabilities to show 3D instruments on an LCD. Partner Iconmobile, which did earlier work on Audi's A1 concept car, designed an interface for the chip that combines car information with navigation and entertainment. The Iconmobile interface serves as a demonstration and is not slated for a production car.
But you can point north if you wear a belt of a dozen or so magnets all the time. We'll explain. Also Palm Pre is coming for $200 and we have some rumored next-generation specs. Oh and about 300 car stories, 'cause you know. Cooley is on the show.Listen now: Download today's podcast Subscribe now: iTunes (audio) | iTunes (video) | RSS (audio) | RSS (video) EPISODE 977
Palm Pre to arrive June 6 for $200 http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10244423-1.html
Next-gen iPhone specs, launch date revealed? http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/05/next-gen-iphone-specs-launch-date-revealed/
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Starting today, 2010 Ford Fusion, Ford Mustang, Mercury Milan, and Mercury MKZ owners can download an upgrade from the SyncMyRide Web site that will let their Sync radios receive traffic information.
The upgrade enables Sync to "deliver voice-in, voice-out traffic updates and navigation cues plus weather, stock and news reports similar in some ways to OnStar," according to an article appearing in Twice.
Although there is no screen, the upgrade offers many of the features available in the Sync system with Sirius Travel Link service, such as traffic updates along navigation routes and weather, stock, and news updates. … Read more
An electric Ford is coming, but at what price? Two tricks that will make an Audi use less gas. We also tell you what 12 percent of new cars will have next year. Plus, ride in a car with the wrong name on the badge!Listen now: Download today's podcast SHOW NOTES
I hope you've enjoyed all of this week's video of amazing World Rally Championship racing. I thought a good way to close this series would be this tribute video dedicated to the history of WRC and how it's changed throughout the years--how the cars have changed, and it even includes historical data at the end detailing what cars have won the title and in which year. It's great for knowledge hounds as well as anybody who just wants to see some fine automobiles kickin' up dust and sliding on the asphalt.
DETROIT--Sales of the electric Ford Focus, due in 2011, will be crimped by a high sticker price and a limited number of charging stations, according to Ford.
Mark Fields, Ford's president of the Americas, expects sales of the electric Focus to range from 5,000 to 10,000 annually for a few years.
Production of the redesigned gasoline-powered 2011 Focus begins next year. The electric version will be powered by a lithium ion battery pack with a 100-mile range.
"We are going to make it as affordable as we can, but clearly it will be more expensive than … Read more
Ford Motor offered a glimpse into one of its testing labs on Tuesday. The showcase was assumably to promote the new safety features in its upcoming lineup of cars, and as you can imagine, the peek into this world of crash test dummies is rather amusing.
One of the technologies Ford talked about testing was a new air bag system, which was put in the 2009 F-150 and will be in the 2010 Ford Taurus. Instead of being acceleration-based, the new sensors are pressure-based, which makes them more accurate, according to Ford, but also more sensitive.
The company wanted to … Read more
The weather's nice, and the kids are out of school. Time to pack up some gear and head out on the open road for summer fun. But what sort of car will hold the family and luggage for a weeklong excursion without costing an arm and a leg to gas up? We scoured our recent car reviews to find the best cars with modern tech to load up for a summer road trip.