Ford Motor Company President and CEO Alan Mulally kisses the hood of the brand new all electric Ford Focus as he delivers a keynote address at the 2011 CES. This is the first installment of five electric vehicles to be delivered by 2013. Ford is also launching a series of features and services ranging from apps to charger installation to enhance adoption.
Another view of the Ford Focus. Ford says that its vehicle offers better mileage than the Chevy Volt and charges twice as rapidly as the Nissan Leaf. The car has a top speed of 84 miles per hour, but Ford did not disclose the range that it can drive before needing a recharge.
This image of the upcoming Ford Focus BEV shows off the electric vehicle's charging port.
AutoLinq is an Android-based automotive head unit. The car's navigation system contains speed limit data that flashes warnings when the road's speed limit is exceeded. If the car continues to speed, the app flashes a red warning, with text that says it is about to send a text message alerting the car's owner. Especially handy if there's a teen driver in the house.
It's difficult to judge scale from the photo, but the 5-inch Nuvi 2400 series is pretty massive. More important than the big screen is Garmin's inclusion of driver safety features debuted on the flagship Nuvi 3790T, such as an improved interface, Bluetooth hands-free calling, and truly hands-free voice command with a customizable wake-up phrase. Click here to read the full review.
Parrot's newest car stereo has Android inside.
Pioneer's car kit for the iPhone. The kit holds your iPhone or iPod Touch in place while you drive with a swiveling cradle with a 30-pin dock connector.
Similar to other telematics services, Hyundai puts its Blue Link activation button in the mirror frame.
The Bringrr will wirelessly check that your mobile phone is in the car when you embark on a trip. The Bringrr Classic and Charge models use Bluetooth.
The MyFord Mobile app uses MapQuest to find charging stations.
A wireless charging Powermat is due in the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, and in other GM brand cars by mid-2012.
OnStar's aftermarket mirror offers emergency services and turn-by-turn navigation OnStar.
The main Entune menu appears on the car's LCD, and shows available apps. For instance, a screen came up giving a CNET tester options for traffic and weather provided by XM satellite radio. (For more, click here.