Chevy, Ford win gold medals at Edison Awards

Chevy and Ford racked up awards for their latest technology innovations at the Edison Awards last night. The awards show highlights breakthrough products and services, and recognizes innovative industry leaders. Basically, it's like the Oscars for emerging technology companies, but with much, much longer speeches and videos.

The Chevy Volt won the gold medal in the Personal Transportation Segment at the 2011 Edison Awards.
The Chevy Volt won the gold medal in the Personal Transportation Segment at the 2011 Edison Awards. Wayne Cunningham/CNET

GM's Chevrolet Volt and Ford's MyFord Touch and MyKey won the domestic carmakers' gold medals at the Edison Awards gala held in New York last night.

The technology awards show highlights breakthrough products and services and recognizes innovative industry leaders. Basically, it's like the Oscars for technology companies, but with much, much longer speeches and videos.

In the Personal Transportation segment, the Chevy Volt beat out the Copenhagen Wheel by Senseable City Lab and the Nissan Leaf for first place. Senseable City Lab and Nissan earned the silver and bronze medal respectively.

Ford was the big awards winner for the evening. The carmaker's MyKey bested GM's OnStar MyLink app in the Remote Driving Aids category. Ford also captured the Silver and Gold medals in the In-Car Driving Aids segment with its MyFord Touch and Sync with MyFord Touch technologies. Go Green Auto Rally's app took home the bronze. Rear inflatable seat belts won Ford the gold in the Applied Technology category. All award finalists were judged by the steering committee members, of which Thomas Edison's great-grandniece Sarah Miller Caldicott is chairperson.

The evening closed with Ford CEO Alan Mulally accepting an Edison Achievement Award for bringing Ford back from the brink of financial death without the help of government funds and for the Ford Sync system.

 

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