mobile / motoring / 07/06/2013

Highlights: Ford Computex in Taiwan

computexSome highlights from my trip to Computex, hosted by Ford South Africa.

I spent the last 6 days in Taipei this week with Ford, who were the only car manufacturers at Computex. They had a few announcements to make about Ford Sync, their in-vehicle infotainment system.

Some announcements made were: AppLink 2.0, their newest API that gives developers a bunch of new features; the expansion of the Ford Developer Program to the Asian and African markets (developer.ford.com); and the new Ford Kuga, which has been dubbed “Smart SUV”.

I’m not going to go into details about the car itself, it was recently launched in South Africa; however, the MyFord Touch feature will only come to the local market in 2014. Powered by Microsoft, it gives you access to SYNC, but has a full-colour interactive 8-inch screen with simple graphics and bold text, as you can see below:

MyFord-Touch

One of the cool vehicle additions is the automatic tailgate “open sesame” open and kick feature, which lets you open the boot with your foot. ┬áIt works with two sensors, which activates when you are a meter away from the car; keys in pocket. You just wave your foot under the rear bumper, and viola. Here’s me trying it out:

The rest of the trip was spent meeting up with Ford executives from other regions, sight-seeing and attending a Ford/Microsoft party where we had QR code tattoos put on. Proof that it happened (and picture credit to Ford Taiwan Facebook page):

Ford-Computex

L-R: Rafiq Phillips, Steven Ambrose, Dave Greenway, me, Andy Hadfield.



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