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Ford to Update Vehicles' Infotainment Software via Cloud

Ford Motor Co. is moving to automatically update its cars' infotainment systems using Microsoft's Azure cloud service.

The U.S. automaker will begin selling some cars later this year with a computer system that can be automatically updated anytime the car connects to a Wi-Fi network. The cloud-based system is expected to be available in all of Ford's cars by the end of 2016, according to Don Butler, Ford's executive director of Connected Vehicle and Services.

The system – the Ford Service Delivery Network – will enable car owners to more easily get new services, even if their car is as much as 10 years old.

Ford is using cloud computing, data analytics and in-car software to change the consumer experience. Now a car's navigation, entertainment and communication systems will be refreshable.

Previously, Ford's infotainment system could be updated – but only by bringing the vehicle into a dealership or via a USB stick.

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The U.S. automaker will begin selling some cars later this year with a computer system that can be automatically updated anytime the car connects to a Wi-Fi network. The cloud-based system is expected to be available in all of Ford's cars by the end of 2016, according to Don Butler, Ford's executive director of Connected Vehicle and Services.

The system – the Ford Service Delivery Network – will enable car owners to more easily get new services, even if their car is as much as 10 years old.

Ford is using cloud computing, data analytics and in-car software to change the consumer experience. Now a car's navigation, entertainment and communication systems will be refreshable.

Previously, Ford's infotainment system could be updated – but only by bringing the vehicle into a dealership or via a USB stick.

Read Full Article