Electronic Innovations

By Cole Q.

You may not immediately associate an auto maker with the Consumer Electronics Show, better known as CES . Yet Ford Motor Company has been involved with the event for years, often leading the conversation on in-car connectivity and other electronics-related automotive topics. This year was no different, and the Ford display was chock full of news about near-term technologies as well as several concepts that explore future possibilities.

Literally, the central part of the display was a 2015 Ford Mustang .


Mustang was the official car of the 2014 International CES. This was the first global trade show at which the vehicle was shown, and it was the first time that nearly all CES participants had to see the all-new car in person. But what technology does this muscular car possess? We’re glad you asked! The new Mustang will be the first model in North America to feature the simpler menus, enhanced voice control and other new capabilities of the next-generation SYNC® AppLink™ system. More on AppLink a little later in this article. Of course the Mustang is well known for technology under the hood, and the new turbocharged EcoBoost® 2.3-liter engine that will be available in the new Mustang was also part of the display.

Another car that captured the attention of CES attendees was the Ford C-MAX Solar Energi Concept. This is a sun-powered vehicle with the potential to deliver the advantages of a plug-in hybrid without depending on the electric grid for recharging the on-board batteries. The C-MAX Solar Energi Concept uses a solar panel roof in conjunction with a special solar concentrator lens to increase the intensity of the sun’s power directed onto the solar panels.  You can learn more in the video above, and also read our post, Sun-Powered Vehicle .

Next up was a host of new in-car connectivity apps that will soon be available through SYNC AppLink . But instead of us telling you about them, we’ll let Stefan Bankowski from Ford give you more information in this video: