Yesterday, I lounged in the passenger seat while a Ford employee sat behind the wheel and showed me MyFord Touch-the upcoming radically upgraded version of the digital entertainment/information platform that the company began offering a couple of years ago as Ford Sync.
The new version has a speedometer that's flanked by two LCDs, and a jumbo color touchscreen, and it lets you do a gazillion things-from listening to music to getting directions to adjusting mood lighting in the car to turning your auto into a mobile hotspot. I loved it. And the chances of the Ford rep getting distracted and causing an accident were...well, nil, because we were sitting in a fake car interior inside a conference room in the Las Vegas Convention Center here at CES.
I'm impressed by MyFord Touch, which will start to appear in cars later this year-price TBA-and which Ford plans to roll out to eighty percent of its line within five years. It-and/or stuff like it-will be a factor the next time I plunk down money for an automobile.
But this New York Times story reports on concerns that the new generation of Internet-connected car computing systems simply demands too much attention from drivers. One of the naysayers is U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, who's presumably in a position to do something about them if he so chooses.
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This story, "Have Your Been Entertained by a Ford Lately?" was originally published by Technologizer.