The future is on the way. By 2015, you'll be able to read such thrilling Tweets and Facebook updates as
- "just shifted from 3rd to 4th gear"
- "now changing lanes"
- "need gas LOL"
That's right: Ford is adding social networking to their cars via touchscreen and steering wheel controls.
Derrick Kuzak, Ford's product development chief, told reporters on Jan. 4 that "we are intent on maintaining leadership in this kind of connectivity. We saw people becoming addicted to connectivity and we saw increased use of these devices inside the car and we connected the dots."
...Ford said it's augmenting Sync with the ability to convert incoming texts into spoken words. It will offer drivers 15 standard text responses that can be sent with a voice command. Ford is still researching the ability to convert speech to a text message, said Jim Buczkowski, its director of electronics.
Here's the part that gets us:
"Most of the industry studies show that just driving and just talking is the same," Kuzak said. "As long as the customer's eyes are on the road, they are not compromised."