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Ford connecting cars to cloud-based apps

Lucas Mearian | Oct. 20, 2011
Ford is testing technology that would create a wireless network between cars and with cloud-based services to enable drivers to avoid traffic jams, speed traps or even find out their last blood glucose level.

Vehicle GPS technology can also prepare vehicles for oncoming weather changes or traffic jams.

For example, if cars down the road are experiencing heavy rain and slippery conditions, the vehicle's anti-lock break system can be adjusted to respond accordingly. Or, if there's an accident up ahead, the car's navigation system can suggest an alternate route, Prasad said.

"People spend 47 hours a year in their car going nowhere [in traffic]," he said. "That's the equivalent of a week's vacation."


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