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While engineering students at the University of Michigan were figuring out how to turn the Ford Fiesta into a rolling iPad, engineers from Ford's infortronics research group were doing the same thing. On Thursday, those engineers and students will set out from Dearborn on a road trip in separate though equally wired (wireless?) Fiestas to San Mateo, CA for the Maker Faire. The Ford engineers will be driving a green Fiesta they've dubbed AJ for American Journey 2.0.

AJ has a trunk full of computer gear including a router and two different mobile broadband modems to keep it connected. The Ford car will have three in-house developed applications in addition to a caravan tracker application developed by the UM students. Ford has launched a web-site at AmericanJourney2 where people can follow the trip and participate as the two Fiestas make their way across the country. Read on to learn more about Ford's effort to connect this Fiesta to the Internet.

Gallery: Ford American Journey 2.0

Gallery: Ford's American Journey 2.0

[Source: Ford]Continue reading Ford turns Fiesta into ultimate mobile hot-spot and cloud-linked cruiser

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