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Ford recently upgraded its Virtual Test Track Experiment simulator with improved image rendering technologies and capabilities to study driver performance.
In Ford's VIRTTEX simulator in Dearborn, Mich., a motorist is asked to find a song on an MP3 player.
A behind-the-scenes look at Ford Motor's Distraction Lab, where researchers look at ways to improve driver safety.
During a CES keynote address, Alan Mulally, the CEO of the automotive giant, talked up his company's initiatives in getting Internet-based applications into millions of its cars.
Why do some drivers crash while dialing a cell phone, and others steer smoothly while applying lipstick? Researchers look to see how much emotion has to do with it.
The big automaker teams with the University of Illinois to see how well humans can interact with in-vehicle toys like navigation systems and laptop computers.
The automaker's mobile communications division will purchase text-to-speech software from SpeechWorks.
Politicians and safety advocates' calls to ban mobile devices from vehicles have gained traction, but an increasingly vocal group is questioning the logic.
The automaker will open a driving simulator lab to study the dangers of dashboard computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices that are becoming ubiquitous on U.S. roads.