Ford to License Patented Inflatable Safety Belt Technology to Encourage Expanded Adoption

May 28, 2014 by  
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Ford Motor Company is offering its patented inflatable safety belt technology to other companies and industries, including competitive automotive manufacturers.

The availability of licenses may lead to the wider adoption of inflatable safety belts as other automakers seek to enhance passenger safety. The technology is potentially applicable to other forms of seated-passenger transportation, including military use, and airborne passengers traveling by helicopter or airplane, and even for water travel.

Ford Invests $500M in Ohio Engine Plant

April 7, 2014 by  
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Ford Motor Company will invest $500 million to upgrade its Lima Engine Plant and add 300 new jobs to support production of the all-new 2.7-liter EcoBoost® specifically engineered for the next-generation 2015 Ford F-150.

The high-output, twin-turbo 2.7-liter V6 EcoBoost with standard Auto Start-Stop features a new design said to deliver power and performance in a stronger, smarter package.

Standard Auto Start-Stop technology boosts fuel efficiency and is specially tuned for truck customers. Auto Start-Stop turns the engine off automatically when the vehicle is at a stop – except when towing or in four-wheel-drive mode. The engine quickly restarts once the driver releases the brake.

Ricardo 48V ADEPT project aims to improve diesel powertrain efficiency

September 4, 2013 by  
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 In the HyBoost project, Ricardo, Ford Motor Company, Controlled Power Technologies (CPT) and the European Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium (EALABC) demonstrated a concept termed ‘intelligent electrification’. 

This deployed near-market and available 12+X volt electrification and boosting technologies to demonstrate a high performance, low CO2 gasoline powertrain offering fuel economy benefits equivalent to a full hybrid – but at a projected cost premium of less than a diesel.

ADEPT Project

In the new Advanced Diesel Electric Powertrain (ADEPT) project the same partners will be joined by Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies UK Ltd and University of Nottingham to apply the intelligent electrification concept for the first time to a diesel vehicle (a Ford Focus).

Ford to launch SiriusXM Internet radio app on SYNC® AppLink®

June 19, 2013 by  
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Sirius XM Radio and Ford Motor Company said Ford will be the first automaker to provide in-vehicle access to the SiriusXM Internet Radio App in Ford vehicles equipped with SYNC® AppLink®. 

Ford drivers will be the first to enjoy access to the MySXM and SiriusXM On Demand features of SiriusXM Internet Radio alongside satellite radio by using voice commands, steering wheel or radio controls.

Personalized listening

The SiriusXM Internet Radio App through SYNC AppLink gives subscribers in-vehicle access to MySXM, the new feature that allows listeners to personalize many SiriusXM commercial-free music and select comedy channels for a more personal listening experience.

Ford contributes AppLink to the GENIVI Alliance

February 26, 2013 by  
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Ford Motor Company will contribute the software for AppLink™, the Ford-developed in-car smartphone app interface, to the GENIVI Alliance. It is the first U.S. automaker to contribute proprietary source code from one of its products to an open-source project. The AppLink software enables apps from connected smartphones to be controlled using the vehicle interface, including available voice recognition and audio buttons.

Ford will establish a new open-source GENIVI project, with a Ford engineer maintaining the project. The project will contain all of the code and documentation required to implement the AppLink software into the vehicle audio system head unit to enable two-way communications with Google Android and Apple iOS devices. All of the code for what will be known as SmartPhoneLink is being released under the well-established BSD open-source license.

Slacker leverages GM flexible app framework

January 23, 2013 by  
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By taking advantage of GM’s flexible app framework, which allows consumers to add apps and features after their initial purchase of a vehicle, the music service Slacker ( will soon be available to drivers nationwide. GM joins current Slacker automotive distribution partners Acura, Chrysler, Ford Motor Company, Honda, Toyota Scion and Tesla.

The implementation of Slacker in GM vehicles is made seamless through new infotainment systems, debuting in select 2014 MY vehicles that will change how in-vehicle apps are offered today. The systems’ framework includes an app catalog that will allow vehicle owners to choose from a menu of available applications specifically designed for the in-vehicle experience.

HELLA sees growth for electronics and lighting

April 30, 2012 by  
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Dr. Martin Fischer, chief executive officer of HELLA’s Electronics Division in the Americas, said HELLA is expanding its operations in Brazil, Mexico and the United States.

The firm will begin production of electronic components in Brazil early next year in partnership with Sao Paulo-based Emicol, one of Brazil’s leading suppliers of electronic and electro-mechanical parts. HELLA Electronics recently completed a 50,000-square-foot addition to its San Jose Iturbide plant north of Mexico City. That plant recently received Ford Motor Company’s Q1 award for outstanding quality and customer service.

RF Micro Devices achieves ISO/TS 16949 certification

April 23, 2012 by  
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RF Micro Devices, Inc. has been granted ISO/TS 16949 certification, the highest international quality standard for the automotive industry. The certification covers RFMD’s manufacturing facilities in Greensboro, North Carolina.

ISO/TS 16949 certification incorporates ISO technical specifications that are more stringent than ISO 9001 quality management system requirements. The goal of the ISO/TS 16949 standard is to enhance existing quality management systems, which, when combined with customer-specific requirements, support continual improvement through defect prevention and a reduction in variation and waste in the supply chain. The ISO/TS 16949 standard combines North American and European automotive requirements and serves the global automotive market.

Panasonic to supply Li-Ion cells for Ford vehicles

February 24, 2012 by  
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Lithium-ion battery cell for plug-in hybrid vehicles (left) and hybrid electric vehicles (right)

Panasonic Corporation announced that it will supply lithium-ion (Li-Ion) battery cells for Ford Motor Company’s hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles. Upcoming models of the Ford Fusion Hybrid Electric and C-Max Hybrid Electric as well as the Ford Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi plug-in hybrids will use Panasonic battery cells in combination with a gasoline engine.

Ford accelerates delivery of in-car technology and smart phone integration in Asia

November 18, 2011 by  
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Ford Motor Company said it will accelerate plans to develop and deliver in-car technology to customers across Asia by establishing connected services group in its Asia Pacific and Africa region.

Ford appointed Ed Pleet as director of the group, which will be based at the company’s Asia Pacific and Africa (APA) headquarters in Shanghai, China. Pleet said Ford SYNC has been a success in North America and the company wants to bring it to more customers in Asia Pacific and Africa.  SYNC, first launched in North America in 2007, is already equipped in more than 3.5 million vehicles globally.

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