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Ford upgrades virtual reality simulator

Ford recently upgraded its Virtual Test Track Experiment simulator with improved image rendering technologies and capabilities to study driver performance.

By February 21, 2012


The disconnect of connected cars

In Ford's VIRTTEX simulator in Dearborn, Mich., a motorist is asked to find a song on an MP3 player.

By May 3, 2010


Inside Ford Motor's 'Distraction Lab'

A behind-the-scenes look at Ford Motor's Distraction Lab, where researchers look at ways to improve driver safety.

By October 29, 2009


Ford touts its leadership in in-car connectivity

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.

By January 8, 2009


An emotional call for cars, cell phones

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.

August 8, 2002


GM to study safety of dashboard gadgets

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.

April 23, 2002


GM's OnStar inks deal for speech software

The automaker's mobile communications division will purchase text-to-speech software from SpeechWorks.

July 3, 2001


Cell phones head down divided road

Politicians and safety advocates' calls to ban mobile devices from vehicles have gained traction, but an increasingly vocal group is questioning the logic.

July 3, 2001


Ford to study dangers of electronic gadgets in cars

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.

January 10, 2001