December 2011/January 2012 Newsletter
Powertrain Electrical Engineering Update
GM's Kent Helfrich and Ford's Craig Stephens discuss the state of powertrain engineering including sensors, actuators and dealing with complexity.

Ford and Microsoft Back Together to Fix MyFord Touch
Ford is again teaming with Microsoft to upgrade software on the problem-ridden Sync 2 (MyFord Touch and MyLincoln Touch) with touch screen interface. The new interface promises to be easier to operate and less distracting.

Lear Corporation, The Company Profile
Lear's Electrical Power Management Systems segment will report sales in excess of $3 billion for 2011, and expects to hit $5 billion by mid-decade.

Silicon Valley Still an Auto Industry Draw
Carmakers want access to the new technologies being developed in Silicon Valley. Ford will join BMW, Mercedes, Volkswagen, GM, Honda and Renault-Nissan when it opens a new R&D lab in 2012.



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