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2013 Ford Fusion Energi Named Connected Car of the Year

Ford Fusion InteriorThe awards continue to roll in for the redesigned 2013 Ford Fusion.  The most recent accolade comes from Connected World Magazine, who named the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi as its 2013 Connected Car of the Year.

Ford did not simply give the Fusion a new award-winning exterior design when it redesigned the sedan for 2013.  The Michigan dealer placed a premium on in-car connectivity, and the 2013 Fusion boasts the most complete array of convenience and entertainment features of any sedan in its class.  The 2013 Fusion Energi is a plug-in hybrid that is equipped with standard features, including SYNC® with MyFord Touch® and the unrivaled connectivity of the MyFord® Mobile smartphone app.

“SYNC has helped us evolve as an automaker, to think and act more like a technology company, with a new level of openness and access that has forever changed how we look at our business and respond to our customers,” said Paul Mascarenas, chief technical officer and vice president, Ford Research and Innovation. “Ultimately, SYNC embodies one of the many things Ford is all about: going further to transform innovative ideas into products that are affordable, attainable and valuable for millions of people.”

Ford Teams Up with Bug Labs for In-Car Customizable Electronic Components

Ford has teamed up with Bug Labs, an open-source hardware and software provider, to explore ways to make in-car connectivity more available, personalized, and affordable than ever before.  Announced at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference, the in-car research platform, OpenXC, will allow consumers to add new electronic components to their Ford cars.

This plug-and-play platform will mimic Bug Labs’ current Bug product, which allows people to tack together multiple plastic modules, such as GPS and cameras, to create personalized electronic gadgets. OpenXC will allow developers to work on hardware and software for cars without needing to learn a new platform.

According to K. Venkatesh Prasad, a director in Ford’s Infotronics Research and Advanced Engineering Labs, “We’ve been experimenting with a an in-car fuel monitor, so you can see how green your driving is, but we’ve also added connectivity to the Internet so you can see how your fuel consumption compares to other drivers.”

Ford also plans to eventually offer this type of hardware for older models to allow people to purchase inexpensive hardware and download apps for their car.

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