TRAVERSE CITY, MI --- Ford Motor Co. announced it is dedicating a new team to accelerate the company's efforts in developing in-vehicle connectivity. 

This new 40-person customer connectivity group will leverage Ford's portfolio of on-board technologies, including SYNC, SIRIUS Satellite radio, SIRIUS Travel Link, Ford Works Solutions and HD radio, to deliver information and services from the Internet in a way that maximizes convenience and limits distractions. 

The team will build on partnerships the company has established with technology service providers to ensure customers have seamless and affordable access to data and information services.

Ford has appointed Doug VanDagens, 50, to lead the team. He joined Ford in 1986 and most recently has been leading the company's electronic product development and business operations, which already has been working to bring features such as SYNC and Travel Link to market.