(All photos: Barry Gray)
On Thursday, June 6th, Ford Motors introduced the media to Ford’s new Connectivity and Innovation Centre (CIC) on Palladium Drive in Stittsville. The facility is just one of Ford’s CIC centres in Ontario — others are in Waterloo and Oakville.
This was the first opportunity to learn about Ford’s growing CIC product development team and experience some of their work on in-vehicle infotainment and connectivity. Barry Gray took in the event.
A short tour of the CIC, including its working garage and visiting a lab, was provided to the media to see first-hand the new SYNC-3 that is available in the all-new 2020 Ford Explorer.
The SYNC-3 system has an LCD touchscreen that will connect you to your phone, music, navigation systems and offers voice recognition. Ford joined forces with Blackberry and 400 employees transferred to Ford to hasten the work on the research and development to bring this updated technology to Ford.
As we reported earlier this year, Ford, with real estate firm Cominar, have reached an agreement to construct a 62,000 square foot building at 800 Palladium Drive. Construction has now underway. The new facility will bring an additional 300 jobs to Stittsville and is expected to open in 2020.
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