“Electronic Harmony” (#1123)

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Wednesday, 6/13 @ 5:30pm ET
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  1. PLAYING: Entire Show

  2. Segment 1: GM Meeting and Gas Prices

    Panel:

    • John McElroy, Host, Autoline Detroit
    • Tim Moran, Freelance
    • Lou Ann Hammond, Carlist.com
  3. Segment 2: SYNC Demonstration

    Guest:

    • Gary Jablonski, Product Development Manager, Infotainment Systems

    Panel:

    • John McElroy, Host, Autoline Detroit
  4. Segment 3: SYNC

    Guest:

    • Velle Kolde, Automotive Business Unit, Microsoft

    Panel:

    • John McElroy, Host, Autoline Detroit
    • Tim Moran, Freelance
    • Lou Ann Hammond, Carlist.com
  5. EXTRA: Velle Kolde, Microsoft Auto


Synopsis

The telematics explosion makes communications easier for all of us, but at the same time creates a bundle of problems. Cell phones, PDAs, and iPods all contain unique information or entertainment that is not usually shared between devices. And whenever you get into your vehicle, that bundle ends up in a heap in-between the seats. Automakers have been searching for integration opportunities for several years.

And now Ford is preparing to offer its customers at least one answer to this problem, and it's called SYNC. Teaming with software powerhouse Microsoft, Ford has developed an electronic unit integrated right into its cars and trucks that will make all three of the devices available to the driver by voice command. On this week's Autoline, Ford's Gary Jablonski demonstrates some of SYNC's capabilities in a Lincoln MKX. Meanwhile, in studio, John interviews Velle Kolde, from Microsoft's Automotive Business Unit, the developers of SYNC's software, who discuss the history of the project, the synergies between the two companies and what's coming next. Joining John on the panel are Lou Ann Hammond from Carlist.com and electronics journalist Tim Moran.