Props to Ford!

The CEO of Ford was interviewed this morning (and yesterday) at the Consumer Electronic Show in Vegas, by Leo LaPorte, the technology guy at KFI-LA. (I never miss Leo – he is terrific!)

The Ford CEO is an engineer, and was responsible for the cockpits of all of the 7 series Boeing aircraft. The Sync system is his favorite program at Ford, and I must admit that Ford has almost closed the quality gap – and their electronics has surpassed the world!

(Just incidentally, when the new CEO was hired Ford asked him what car he drove – and he said “Lexus – the finest engineered car in the world.” When asked why he accepted the Ford job he said his ambition was to make Ford quality equal to Lexus.)

At CES, the Ford CEO announced that the Sync 2011 electronics was Open Architecture, so that apps designed for the system would be available for other manufacturers – parenthetically, similar to the safety systems invented and offered by Mercedes. Mercedes has never patented their safety features because they believe everyone should be able to take advantage of them.

Props to Ford!

Incidentally, Leo LaPorte drives a 2010 Mustang – and he bought it because Ford is a Geek machine with Sync. Surveys say that 30% of Ford buyers are influenced by the new Sync system.

The quality of American cars has so closed the gap with some foreign cars, that the differentiation has moved to “something else.” That “something else” (“Killer App?”) is likely to be Geekdom!

Finally, good news for America!


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