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January 23, 2015 Washington Post Real Wheels

largest automotive research labs in Silicon Valley

Good Morning Warren and friends

I miss seeing all of you at the Washington auto show this week. Have you seen Warren?

Instead, I was at the opening of Ford’s new Research lab in Palo Alto, CA. Ford is partnering with companies and colleges, not google, to help create one of the largest automotive research labs in Silicon Valley. And if you’re an engineer or techie type, they are hiring 125 people to work there.

I am driving the new Nissan Murano and boy what a difference. We drove over 200 miles in it yesterday and both of us were impressed with how little our backs hurt and just the vehicle in general. The car we’re driving is $40,000 out the door and the last I looked we were getting 22.5 mpg. I will check, but I bet the Murano has the NASA seats Nissan has started using.

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Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.