AAPL Stock: 117.81 ( -0.22 )

Printed from

Ford, Toyota to share in-car tech standards

updated 11:40 am EDT, Mon August 22, 2011

Ford and Toyota unite on Microsoft tech

Ford and Toyota made a rare alliance for in-car technology on Monday. The two will collaborate on telematics and "Internet-based services" to help establish common standards. Both will keep developing their existing systems, which include Ford Sync and Toyota's Entune.

Both depend on Microsoft for their technology. Sync is built primarily on a Microsoft platform. Entune is more directly developed by Toyota, but it should eventually tie into Windows Azure for cloud services like smart grids.

The news came just as the two said they were teaming on a new, common hybrid electric platform for light trucks and SUVs. The two hoped to bring the fuel-saving advantage of hybrids without compromising the power needed to drive the heavier vehicles.

Neither the in-dash technology nor the hybrid platform had a definite timetable.

by MacNN Staff



Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.


Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook


Most Popular


Recent Reviews

Ultimate Ears Megaboom Bluetooth Speaker

Ultimate Ears (now owned by Logitech) has found great success in the marketplace with its "Boom" series of Bluetooth speakers, a mod ...

Kinivo URBN Premium Bluetooth Headphones

We love music, and we're willing to bet that you do, too. If you're like us, you probably spend a good portion of your time wearing ...

Jamstik+ MIDI Controller

For a long time the MIDI world has been dominated by keyboard-inspired controllers. Times are changing however, and we are slowly star ...


Most Commented