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You Can Reboot Your Computer; Why Not Your Car?

Forbes -- Owners of late-model Ford and Lincoln brand vehicles recently received something unusual in the mail: a thumb-sized USB flash drive.

Ford Motor mailed more than 250,000 of the tiny data storage devices to its customers in response to widespread criticism of the company’s MyFord Touch and MyLincoln Touch dashboard entertainment system. Each memory stick contained a much-needed software update to fix bugs and make the system faster and more user-friendly. Owners simply plug the device into their car’s USB port and follow the prompts on the dashboard screen (or have a dealer do it).

Of course, there are a couple of hitches: To install the new software, the car needs to be running for about an hour. And you can’t use the radio. (Gee, that’s not inconvenient.)


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Submitted Apr 16, 2012 By: eromitlab
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blitzntj
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:19:27 AM

Whatever
rhail2
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:18:51 AM

ok
jrcowell
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:18:13 AM

If you consider how often your smartphone gets updates, it only makes sense that the software in your car should probably get some updates and bug fixes now-and-then too.
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:18:00 AM

At least Ford is doing something in response to criticism.
mh44s
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:17:36 AM

Got to get that MyTouch to work right.
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:16:35 AM

Sounds like we all need to be technicians now.
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:15:54 AM

So, hackers will soon be going after our cars too?
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:15:46 AM

Was there anything on it that improved gas mileage?
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:15:43 AM

Need to fix those bugs
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:15:12 AM

Fascinating that they would attempt to have customer do this.

This is a 1st.
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:15:05 AM

Very interesting.
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:14:25 AM

It'd be a good idea.
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:13:27 AM


GO BLUE OVAL!!!
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:12:52 AM

The benefit of doing it yourself is that it saves your time of sitting in the ford waiting room while they do it
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:12:37 AM

I just purchased a new Ford truck. I had seen reports of such difficulties with MyFord Touch and I am glad that I did not opt for that feature.
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:12:16 AM

THATS GREAT.....
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:12:11 AM

Wow
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:12:03 AM

update when at maintenance intervals
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:11:29 AM

HOPE IT WORK
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Instead of a rebot why not give Obama the boot in November.
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:09:58 AM

you can
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:08:27 AM

A great savings in time and money for the car company and consumer.
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:08:00 AM

"sounds like a Bill Gates design"

Bill hasn't designed anything in a long time. But the My-Ford/Sync system is running on a Microsoft platform.

I'm waiting for someone to make an Apple car.
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:07:50 AM

Okay
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:07:43 AM

does ford reimburse you for the gas wasted for this upgrade?
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:07:42 AM

Whatever...
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:07:35 AM

Should be part of the plan. Car makers are bad at providing saftware updates as part of the plan.

Unless of course you want to pay premium.
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:07:23 AM

Who wants to reboot their car? Please!
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:06:32 AM

So to reboot your car you have to drive for an hour, wouldn't dare let it idle for an hour. That's Ford's "Better Idea".
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:06:28 AM

And the point is ??
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Whatever....
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:05:06 AM

interesting..
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:05:04 AM

Only good if the programmer is, and that's the rub.....
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:04:27 AM

you can
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:04:24 AM

the price of gas here is stable in the past hour. oh wait that comment may be off topic for this site.
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:04:15 AM

It will become more the norm in the future. Surprised it hasn't already happened.
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:04:10 AM

I'd like to boot the programmer for all these bugs.
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:03:51 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:03:40 AM

sounds like a Bill Gates design
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:03:33 AM

Just running? A trip for one hour without the radio on? Has to be another solution.
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:03:17 AM

Why didn't they make a recall on this so they can fix it free
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:01:55 AM

Interesting.
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:01:26 AM

Not really impressed...
chvytruk
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:01:20 AM

Sounds like the MyFord and the MyLincoln Touch systems are WINDOWS.
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:01:17 AM

Running or just ignition on?
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Leave it to M-B to know how to do it right!
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:00:44 AM

Who do you take your car to, garage or computer shop???
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:00:43 AM

Will it give me the blue screen of death?
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You mean the customers had to flash their audio system!
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 7:59:38 AM

I can crash my computer and then go on using it without any problems.
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 7:58:56 AM

Nice and cool
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