Collaboration by Big Automakers: Toyota and Ford work together on Hybrid System

Ford and Toyota announced today that they would begin to collaborate on an advanced hybrid system. Why? According to the automakers, to make it more affordable and to bring it to market sooner. This joint project will focus on rear wheel drive SUVs (sport utility vehicles) and light trucks. According to Ford, the system will share similar technology and components.

They have also decided to collaborate on telematics technologies and standards. What is telematics? Telematics is the process of integrating telecommunications and informatics (information processing). Read more about telematics at This collaborating focus will be on developing standards and technologies…the companies insist that they will continue to develop their own end product with their own features.

To read more about the collaboration, go to The Ford Story.

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Mike has roots in the automotive service industry. He began diagnosing and fixing cars at a young age in his family’s service station. He has worked in automotive parts supply stores, towing companies, and service facilities. After graduating from St. Cloud State University (MN) with a Bachelor’s degree, he implemented and taught a basic car care program at the high school level. During work on his Master’s degree at Illinois State University (IL), he was a curriculum specialist on a National Science Foundation project where he co-authored ten integrated mathematics, science, and technology books designed for team teaching. Mike has also supervised teachers in Career and Technology Education as a school system administrator.

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