Surprising High-Tech Companies

 

Ford SYNC

Ford SYNC

6 Companies You Did Not Know Were High-Tech
by: Richard Satran
via: money.usnews.com

“Ford. Can a Detroit carmaker really be considered a technology company? No one would doubt that Tesla, the electric car pioneer from Palo Alto, Calif., is a technology innovator. But Ford might be more of a surprise. The carmaker has a Silicon Valley lab where it uses big data to research car drivers’ behavior and other information. Its SYNC car software was created as an open system that allows it to partner with technology providers. In one application, insurer State Farm uses it to collect odometer readings so insurance customers can quality for a really safe driver rate that’s verified online. The automaker is ahead of most rivals when it comes to other advances, like fuel economy improvements and an aggressive push into electric vehicles. ‘Ford raised the bar in fuel-efficient vehicles – and that is a very critical part of environmental footprint that they addressed,’ says Rebecca Henson, a senior sustainability analyst at Calvert Investments. She cited the Fiesta and Focus as breakthrough car models at low price points and with high fuel efficiency. Kelley Blue Book lists three Ford cars – Focus Electric, C-Max Energi and the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid – in its top 10 “Green Cars” more than any other global automaker.” [Read more]

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