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Smart Cars From Brilliant People At CES 2020

January 8, 2010

Fords Talks & Tweats

I’m working on a series of posts about Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). It’s a big subject and it’s taking me a lot of time to put it together. So here are a couple of short bursts to snack on while I’m preparing a full multi-course ITS meal.

Ford Shows Off Advanced Digital Dashboards and Human Machine Interface (HMI)

Smart cars will be a key element in future ITS. There’s news from the Consumer Electronic Show from Ford on their development of smart car tech called “MyFord.”™ Its driver connect technology blends Ford signature in-vehicle features into a cohesive experience, featuring intuitive controls, more voice activation and interface personalization.

Eight-inch LCD center stack screen showing four-corner layout

Ford decided to undertake a sweeping and ambitious redesign of the automotive interface after studying consumer electronics trends and the many new ways in which drivers were using technology inside their vehicles. More info…

Here’s a video on the the MyFord system from the CES by Revision3.

Aeronautical Engineer Helps Lead Ford to a Brighter Future

Below is an excellent video  interview by Leo Laporte of Twit.TV with Ford CEO, Alan Mulally the night before his CES keynote. Mulally was named the President and CEO of Ford Motor Company on September 5, 2006. It’s good to know that there is such a smart guy with aerospace experience driving Ford’s success. It’s a ten minute video but worth it to see Mulally’s enthusiasm and intelligence.

Alan Mulally was previously executive vice president of Boeing and the CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. He graduated from the University of Kansas in 1969 with Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in aeronautical and astronautical engineering. He is an alumnus of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and is its 2007 Man of the Year. He received a Master’s degree in Management as a Sloan Fellow from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management in 1982.


In the meantime, if you are interested in ITS, there’s a relevant conference at OSU next month.

The Future of Transportation is Here

February 9-11, 2010

CH2M-HILL Alumni Center

Oregon State University

Corvallis, Oregon

Our future-oriented conference goal is to provide information about new developments — what’s coming next in transportation. The conference theme, The Future of Transportation is Here,acknowledges that events of the last two years have brought about a major shift nationally and within Oregon, with regard to energy, climate change and transportation technology. Registration…

More on ITS coming up…


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