I was hoping we'd get some live kangaroos.
Comments are open, though moderated. We'll most likely shut them down during the presentation itself.
It's been a long day of press conferences here in Las Vegas, even though the CES show floor officially opens tomorrow. I'll be hosting here with David Hamilton until our bloggers, Andrew Nusca and Antuan Goodwin, get in the room and set up.
So far we haven't seen a lot of car technology news at CES. That could be because the Detroit Motor Show begins next week.
And we're in! There's a big ol' three-section stage and a shiny new blue 2013 Ford Fusion here to greet us. We're right up front and dead-center -- the catbird seat(s), so to speak.
Basically, Ford announced it would integrate the Glympse app, which lets users share their location and destinations with one another, into its in-car Internet platform.
We're front and center for the Ford press conference. Metric's playing over the loudspeaker; I'm digging your musical taste so far, Ford.
If you're on Twitter, be sure to follow @antgoo and @editorialiste who will be in the room.
And hello to Antuan, one of our live bloggers and part of our Car Tech Reviews team. CNET's James Martin is bringing us the photos.
Peter: Yep, our colleagues from CNET UK have joined us in Las Vegas to help us cover CES.
So far, Ford's been announcing new Sync App partners left and right, so we expect that to play heavily into today's presentation.
We've got the Black Keys on the tunes now. Bass is thumping. Seats are almost full!
Just got the "Please take your seats, the show's about to begin" announcement. Room's only about half full.
utahcon: Auto makers and car technology continue to be a big part of CES.
I think Antuan is hating on my seat-filling estimation capabilities.
Note that once the event begins, we will be limiting comments for the duration.
This is a pretty large ballroom here at the Mandalay Bay, so we're wondering what Ford has up its sleeve.
I'm hoping that this conference is longer than the 10 minute Lexus presser from this morning. (rolls eyes)
Music just got loud and the lights got lower. This is either turning into a nightclub or a presser.
Ford CTO Paul Mascarenas takes the stage.
"This is Ford's 7th year here at CES."
Technology enables "a fully personalized driving experience."
quick Ford-at-CES victory lap: Sync, then myFordTouch, then the all-electric Focus.
Ford was the first car company to take #CES seriously with the debut of Sync AppLink and the Focus Electric a few years ago.
2013 is the 150th anniversary of Henry Ford's birth
Now showing vintage Ford ad: "Opening the highways to all mankind."
"We always need to focus on continuous improvement" to "make life better" and make "a better world."
It wouldn't be a Ford presser without a bit of harkening back to Henry Ford.
The big theme here: Ford's pursuit of innovation is a century-old strategy.
"We're inviting software developers from all over the world" to develop "thoughtful, meaningful experiences" to open the highways to all mankind.