Complaints from customers force reversal by cay manufacturer
Ford will be reverting back to offering in-car systems with physical controls rather than touchscreens and voice recognition, according to a report. The move will remove some of the added complexity of its Sync and MyFord Touch systems, in favor of the buttons and knobs that drivers are used to adjusting while driving.
We go through Ford's Virttex driving dome
A blogger with media credentials for the North American International Auto Show ran his SUV off the road Tuesday, January 11, 2011, in Dearborn, Michigan. There were no injuries, or property damage. The vehicle survived without incident. Immediately following the shunt, the driver had lunch.
Utility monitors charging process for vehicles
Ahead of Ford CEO Alan Mulally's keynote later this week at CES, the company has introduced another smartphone app, MyFord Mobile. The utility is geared for electric vehicles, enabling users to monitor charging status, estimated range, and notification if the distance to the nearest charging station exceeds the range. Charge timing can also be set to automatically coincide with cheaper power rates during off-peak hours.
MyFord Touch picks fuel-efficient routes
Ford tonight added a new feature to its MyFord Touch in-dash car system on its way to launch. A new Eco-Routes feature (video below) gives drivers an extra option for GPS navigation that picks the most fuel-efficient path: it will avoid highways but still try to use major roads where the car can keep a consistent speed and save fuel. The system looks at historical data along with live traffic conditions to gauge where stop-and-go traffic might waste gas.