Ford's Wi-Fi-Enabled Assembly Line


Ford announced today that it is installing Wi-Fi access points at assembly lines for vehicles using the latest Sync systems. This allows the company to install the latest software to Sync-equipped vehicles on the line, without using hardware that would need physical maintenance.

Whenever the company updates Sync — which technically can be done throughout a model year’s life — the newest version will be zapped into the cars on the line. The first plant to use it is in Ontario, Canada, where the 2011 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX SUVs are assembled. The Chicago plant that will build the new Ford Explorer is next on the list.

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