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Building the intelligent car of the future

Microsoft: Working with automotive industry to design an updateable car that’s easier to use and responds to the driver’s needs.

Microsoft’s Pranish Kumar and his team work to develop reliable in-car experiences, not by sitting at a desk but by working behind the wheel of a fleet of test vehicles. (more…)

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Study Reveals New Factor that could Limit the Life of Hybrid and Electric Car Batteries

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A new study of the batteries commonly used in hybrid and electric-only cars has revealed an unexpected factor that could limit the performance of batteries currently on the road.

Researchers led by Ohio State University engineers examined used car batteries and discovered that over time lithium accumulates beyond the battery electrodes – in the “current collector,” a sheet of copper which facilitates electron transfer between the electrodes and the car’s electrical system. (more…)

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Ford Motor Company Earns Place in Computing History

Computer History Museum inducts Ford SYNC, powered by Microsoft, as part of permanent collection.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Situated in California’s Silicon Valley, the Computer History Museum has amassed an amazing collection of technology artifacts from the information age. Alongside the 2,000-year-old AntiKythera mechanism you’ll find the Atanasoff-Berry Computer, deemed the first electronic computer. You’ll also see Microsoft creations such as the Microsoft IntelliMouse, the Natural Keyboard and technology from a company you’d likely never expect: Ford Motor Company.

Ford SYNC, the award-winning, in-car connectivity system powered by the Windows Embedded Automotive software platform and co-developed by Microsoft and Ford, will become part of the museum’s permanent display. More than 4 million vehicles have been sold with Ford SYNC since its North American launch five years ago. And with availability expanding to Europe and Asia later this year, Ford predicts that number to reach 13 million by 2015. (more…)

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