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Consumers may be complaining about the MyFord Touch system, but that hasn’t dissuaded CEO Alan Mulally from continuing to focus on in-vehicle electronics as a key way to connect with buyers.

The CEO conceded that Ford might have overlooked voice controls and depended far too much on touch-screen technology — but still firmly advocated investing in the developing technologies that are bringing the connected car to today’s consumer.

As he told Automotive News, “We want to move to the place where you have this enduring relationship with your Ford store just like your Apple store.”

Sounds like the car company wants to sell you the hardware and a lot of software that goes with it in the future. That being said, on the Sync side, Ford announced it sold over 5 million vehicles with that system in the last five years.

Echoing the CEO, Chief Technology Officer Paul Mascarenas noted, “The car is a rich source of real-time data and when combined with the processing power available in the cloud, it could become the smartest device you will ever own.”

Check out more full coverage, read the Automotive News article for more from Alan Mulally here and see the CE Outlook story with quotes from Ford CTO Paul Mascarenas here.

The Dodge Avenger
Credit: Wikipedia.

Here’s a story for those of you that are superstitious.

But then again, if you are, this may be exactly the type of story you want to avoid reading. Scared? Well maybe you should be: “Bad luck” on the road sure isn’t anything that we want to contemplate.

CNBC actually compiled a list of “bad luck” cars based on info from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. You can read their report here: http://www.iihs.org/.

Smaller vehicles tend to dominate the list as you might expect but there are some solid reasons for that other than size.

We were surprised that the Dodge Avenger was there in 8th place. Perhaps that’s because of its class-leading 283 horsepower V6 engine.

Apparently a lot of drivers can’t handle a little power!

Check out full coverage of this “bad luck” story from CNBC.com and Yahoo here:

10 Bad Luck Cars

Car art or insanity? You make the call.

As most of us do our best to swat flies AWAY, French artist Natacha Mercier did her best to collect them. Using fly paper, a greenhouse, and 100,000 flies along with a Mercedes Benz — the artist created this mobile piece of art.

What inspired this outlandish work of art you ask? The artist said after watching a man decked out in all-white attire and sporting gold “bling” exit his BMW, she witnessed the women around her (herself included) “Drop like flies.” Thus the creation of the fly-covered car.

Upon completion, the artist took the car for a joyride through the streets of Toulouse, France, while onlookers gawked at the vehicle — much like the scenario that inspired it.

What do you think?! Art or just plain crazy?!

Check out the hot video of the fly corpse-covered monstrosity here:

A driver in a Smart Car made a not-so-smart move when he led Houston police on a high speed chase. This toy … I mean car … reached a top speed of 92 MPH on the Interstate 10.

Bet this driver isn’t feeling so smart now — according to Jalopnik — he apparently drove back to his house and casually got out of his car.

Several officers arrested David Wheaton, the driver, on spot without incident.

We’re sure this is the most adventurous thing we’ve ever heard a Smart Car doing! And we just can’t get over the picture! It looks like Mama Car and Baby Car.

But hey, smart car owners everywhere must now be very proud…

We think Texas police must have shared a laugh at some point. How could you not?

Check out the chase below:

Well, here’s your mystery video for today.

Watch how the car bonet on this blue jalopy suddenly flips up while the vehicle is motoring along at high speed along the highway.

OK, so let’s just admit right now, there are a number of … peculiar things about this video.

Number one, there are definitely a weird amount of motorcycles puttering along throughout the whole thing.

Even more, how in the heck does the camera suddenly move when it’s inside the car, coincidentally at the exact second that the hood flips?

One of the YouTube posts that captured the bizarre bonet-flip, claimed to have found all the answers:

“This car use to be owned by a mechanic who tragically died while working on this car. He returned as a ghost and decided to change the oil while the car was in motion. The ghost panic’d and moved the camera to save himself from the embarrassment.”

The driver jumps out at the end of the video, investigates the calamity and secures the hood back in place. He looks a bit confused and out-of-it — we’d be even more scared to see that if we really could believe that this this whole episode was spontaneous.

Check out the whole video here: