IT & Network Infrastructure : Ford Loads 2010 Models with Safety, IT Bells and Whistles

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-09-14 Print this article Print
Ford Loads 2010 Models with Safety, IT Bells and Whistles

Ford Loads 2010 Models with Safety, IT Bells and Whistles

by Chris Preimesberger
Ford Motor Co., like Avis in another wheels-oriented market, really is trying harder. In this case, we're talking about IT and how the company is using more of it to help drivers get from one place to another in safety and comfort. Many of these new features are exclusive to its own product line. The Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker made a stop in San Francisco Sept. 10 to show media members and analysts what they have planned for the 2010 vehicle year. As one might imagine, most of the IT-related features involve safety and Internet connectivity, ranging from on-board radar (to notify the driver of potential road hazards) to voice-activated information systems to programmable keys that limit the vehicle's top speed and music-player volume levels for younger drivers. Here is a click-through look at new IT features that will be available in Ford sedans, crossovers, SUVs and trucks this coming year.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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