• Apr 7th 2011 at 10:00AM
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Alan Mulally interview for Edison Awards – Click above to watch video after the jump

The annual Edison awards that celebrate innovation in goods and services have been handed out, and Ford and General Motors have taken no prisoners with regards to all things automotive. Ford was the big winner, with three gold metals and one silver. Further, CEO Alan Mulally was named a 2011 Edison Achievement Award Winner.

Ford won the Applied Technology gold thanks to the inflatable seatbelts that were introduced on the 2011 Explorer. The Blue Oval took both gold and silver in the In-Car Driving Aids segment, with MyFord Touch and Sync finishing one and two, respectively. MyKey took the last gold for Ford under the Remote Driving Aids segment, besting GM's MyLink, which took silver.

GM's Chevrolet Volt won the top spot for the Personal Transportation category, beating The Copenhagen Wheel (silver) and the Nissan Leaf (bronze).

Hit the jump
to watch a short interview with Alan Mulally, who discusses manufacturing and its impact on jobs and the economy.

[Source: Edison Awards]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      how refreshing and liberating it is not to see japanese or korean manufacturers at all on the list...personally i would have liked at least one European manufacturer on the list, but I take this anytime over the asians.
      Congratulations America!!!

      • 4 Years Ago
      I would expect this Government Motors abomination do be held above to make all the greenies smile. Too bad I have to help them with their misguided joy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A gold for My Key. They had me til then. My Key is a great idea very poorly executed. The concept is to place limitations on a driver with a My Key. Great idea. ...but once an "Admin Key" is programmed to be a My Key, the only way it can be programmed back is with an Admin Key. If you make a mistake and program both your keys as My Keys, the only way to return those keys to Admin Keys is to go to the dealer...cha, ching, $100.

      I recently bought a used Ford with My Key and only had one key. It was programmed by the previous owner for an 80MPH top speed. When passing through 75 (from either direction) you hear a warning "ding ding." You hear this again at 80MPH. Too fast you say - have you ever driven from L.A. to San Diego on a Friday. Ding-Ding-Ding all the way. $100 later all is well.

      The Ford dealer tells me the big problem they have is every Monday morning...the rental car companies are lined up to get all their keys reprogrammed because the customer programs the only Admin Key to be a My Key.

      A simple solution would have been to have one key recognized as a permanent Admin Key and all others programmable...but noooo all the keys are programmable. Like I said, great idea, very poorly executed.

      • 4 Years Ago
      maybe ford should give back those awards and start recalling their F-150

      Ford is now where toyota were a few years ago getting lots of awards and getting arrogant look where toyota end up.

      recall the darn F-150 asap dont try to hide the problem

      and fix the airbags dont play for time the issue wont go away
        • 4 Years Ago

        What are you referring to? Ford's LACK of arrogance and general good will towards even competitors has been incredible.

        If you have an issue with your F150, I'm sure that they'll help you resolve it or cover it under warranty! Without bashing, what is your F150 challenge? Maybe a reader can guide you!
        • 4 Years Ago
        In your rush to badmouth Ford, you didn't read about the situation, completely.

        The trucks with the airbag problems, came from one plant. Ford recalled those already. They are in negotiations with NHTSA to prove to them that this is the case.

        NHTSA, after the Toyota situation, where they got raked over the coals, is erring on the side of paranoia. They just want Ford to recall all F150's from those years, because they have F150 on them. If they look at Fords proof, the issue will be a non issue.

        Frankly, after what happened with Toyota, if the NHTSA could make all automakers recall all vehicles................... because chances are good that some will have recalls at some point, so they may as well be ahead of the curve.................... they would do so. They could then justify their existance.