Ford Captures Kudos From Consumer Electronics Show

By Ford Social Member

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES®) is the world’s largest consumer technology trade show. It’s where the makers of the latest electronic goodies go to show off their wares, and it’s where outstanding technology gains recognition. Ford will receive both recognition and awards at the 2011 CES with the 2010 Ford Taurus, SYNC® and Ford Work Solutions.™ Additionally, Ford President and Chief Executive Officer, Alan Mulally, will deliver the opening keynote address at the event.

“Consumers demand the latest on-the-go innovation in their cars. Ford automobiles are built with cutting-edge technology that makes driving safer and more enjoyable,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association® (CEA), producer of the International CES. “We are thrilled to welcome Ford to the 2010 International CES and to name the new Ford Taurus as the ‘Official Car of CES.’ We also look forward to hearing Ford’s Alan Mulally kick off the 2010 CES with his opening keynote address on Thursday, January 7.”

Official Car of 2010 International CES

The 2010 Ford Taurus will be the official car of the 2010 International CES – offering 10 class-exclusive technologies not available from any other manufacturer. In addition to Multi-Contour Seats with Active Motion, voice-activated navigation, SYNC and MyKey, other class-exclusive technologies available on the Ford Taurus include:
  • EasyFuel® Capless Fuel-Filler – a self-seal system without a traditional fuel cap. No lost, dangling, or spinning caps. It seals automatically, every time.

  • SecuriCode™ Keyless Entry Keypad – a feature that allows you to unlock the driver’s door by entering a five-digit code via a flush-mounted keypad

  • Adaptive Cruise Control and Collision Warning with Brake Support – a feature that allows you to set a cruising speed and uses radar technology to automatically adjust your speed and warn you if you’re getting too close to the vehicle in front of you

  • Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®) with Cross Traffic Alert – a feature that uses radar technology to warn you of vehicles in your blind spot and alert you to oncoming traffic when you’re backing out of a parking spot

  • Sony Audio® System – a surround sound system that delivers Dolby® Digital 5.1 sound through 12 high-quality Sony speakers

  • Available EcoBoost™ V6 – a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that delivers the output of a V8, 365 horsepower, without compromising its V6 fuel economy

2010 Innovations Design and Engineering Awards at CES

Ford Work Solutions' in-dash computer won 2010 Best of Innovations in the category of In-Vehicle Accessories. SYNC's latest application, Traffic, Directions and Information, was honored in the category of In-Vehicle Navigation/Telematics/ITS (Intelligent Transportation System).

"Our customers want the latest in connectivity and technology – making their drive experience more enjoyable and convenient," said Mark Fields, President, The Americas, Ford Motor Company. "We're honored that CES has recognized our efforts in providing these customer-driven features."

Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, engineers and members of the media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting-edge consumer electronics products across 36 categories.

The Innovations entries are judged on the following criteria:
  • Engineering qualities, based on technical specs and materials used

  • Aesthetic and design qualities, using photos provided

  • The product's intended use/function and user value

  • Unique/novel features that consumers would find attractive

  • How the design and innovation of the product compares to other products in the marketplace

Ford Work Solutions

Ford Work Solutions is a collection of technologies created to provide Ford commercial truck and van customers with connectivity, flexibility and security to better manage their businesses. Available on Ford F-150, F-Series Super Duty, E-Series vans and the new Transit Connect, Ford Work Solutions delivers four innovative features:
  • An in-dash computer developed with Magneti Marelli and powered by Microsoft Auto that provides full high-speed Internet access via the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network, Bluetooth-enabled hands-free calling and navigation by Garmin. The first broadband-capable in-dash computer in production, the system allows customers to print invoices, check inventories and access documents stored on their home or office computer networks – right on the job site. The office is now mobile.

  • Tool Link™, a Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) asset-tracking system developed in association with DeWALT®, the industry leader in professional power tools, and ThingMagic, the industry expert on embedded RFID technology. This technology enables customers to maintain a detailed real-time inventory of the tools or equipment stored in the pickup box.

  • Crew Chief™, a fleet tracking, telematics and diagnostics system, offered with market-leading telematics specialist Microlise, provides dynamic location and performance that data fleet owners need to more efficiently manage their vehicles, quickly dispatch workers to job sites, monitor driver performance for safety and economy, and keep detailed vehicle maintenance records.

  • Cable Lock security system developed in association with Master Lock®, the industry-leading lock manufacturer, discourages theft of expensive tools too large to fit in the cab.

You can read more about Ford Work Solutions by clicking here.

SYNC with Traffic, Directions and Information

Ford SYNC's latest application – Traffic, Directions and Information – leverages industry-leading voice-recognition software, integrated GPS technology and a customer's Bluetooth-capable mobile phone. It provides simple hands-free access to personalized traffic reports, precise turn-by-turn driving directions and up-to-date information, including business listings, news, sports and weather.

These new capabilities are in addition to SYNC's established hallmark suite of services, from hands-free, voice-activated cell phone and digital media player integration to the more recent security and convenience additions of 911 Assist™ and Vehicle Health Report.

Introduced in 2007, SYNC is now in  more than 80 percent of the vehicles Ford sells in North America, and more than 1 million SYNC-equipped vehicles are on the road today.

2010 International CES

Ford Work Solutions and SYNC with Traffic, Directions and Information will be on display at the 2010 International CES, which runs January 7-10 in Las Vegas. The Innovations Design and Engineering Showcase will feature honorees by product category in the Grand Lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center and they will also be featured at CES Unveiled: The Official Press Event of the International CES on January 5.

Innovations 2010 Design and Engineering honoree products are featured on , which lists product categories, as well as each product name, manufacturer information, designer, description, photo and URL.

The prestigious Innovations Design and Engineering Awards have been recognizing achievements in product design and engineering since 1976. It is sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the producer of the International CES, the world's largest consumer technology trade show, and endorsed by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), the voice of industrial design, committed to advancing the profession through education, information, community and advocacy.
Jim 11/30/2009
I like the idea of supporting our vets. They get the short end of the stick when it comes to medical support and the financial hardships they face when coning back home. This would be a great "welcome home" message and show of support for our warriors. I know right now a lot of the unsold inventory ends up out of this country. With transportation and management cost of this unsold fleet of vehicles it would be far better to give them to our troops and take a tax write off.
R.GOMOLA SR. 11/13/2009
Hank Iori 11/11/2009
About 100 years ago Henry Ford tried to team up with Edison to mass produce electric cars. I recommend that Ford takes care of that bit of unfinished business and introduces a state of the art electric car for the average middle class person, the 2010 version of the "Model T" to capture the imagination of Americans and put Ford into the forefront of this automotive technology.
Ford Captures Kudos From Consumer Electronics Show
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