FordFord’s updated in-car Sync system will allow its vehicles to read Twitter messages to the driver and will eventually allow you to reply using voice recognition. The feature is currently delayed due to safety fears.

Ford’s chief executive, Alan Mulally, announced that the company will release cars that will be able to read tweets to their drivers during 2010.
US road safety group, the AAA, has attacked the concept of Sync. Its spokesman said: “The more things that are going on in a vehicle, the more things that can distract a driver.”
Ford’s global director of connected services, Doug VanDagens, unsuprisingly denied the charge, saying that people already read Twitter feeds while they’re driving. He claims Sync will mean drivers keep their hands on the wheel.
Sync’s tweeting function is part of a wider plan by Ford to make its cars internet connected. Sync links up to a 3G mobile to let drivers stream music and access the web using voice recognition. It also allows drivers to stream podcasts and music from their music player.
We love the idea of having Sync in our cars but don’t like our chances of sticking within our carrier’s fair use limits if we start streaming music and accessing the web on long trips. We needn’t worry quite yet. There’s no news on when Sync will arrive in the UK.
Due TBA | £TBA | Ford (via The Telegraph)

Ford’s chief executive, Alan Mulally, announced that the company will release cars that will be able to read tweets to their drivers during 2010.

US road safety group, the AAA, has attacked the concept of Sync. Its spokesman said: “The more things that are going on in a vehicle, the more things that can distract a driver.”

Ford’s global director of connected services, Doug VanDagens, unsuprisingly denied the charge, saying that people already read Twitter feeds while they’re driving. He claims Sync will mean drivers keep their hands on the wheel.

Sync’s tweeting function is part of a wider plan by Ford to make its cars internet connected. Sync links up to a 3G mobile to let drivers stream music and access the web using voice recognition. It also allows drivers to stream podcasts and music from their music player.

We love the idea of having Sync in our cars but don’t like our chances of sticking within our carrier’s fair use limits if we start streaming music and accessing the web on long trips. We needn’t worry quite yet. There’s no news on when Sync will arrive in the UK.

Ford’s not the only company we’ve seen stuffing tech into cars. Check out Nvidia’s plans for integrating its chips in Audi vehicles.

Due TBA | £TBA | Ford (via The Telegraph)

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