The next iteration of Synch, the in-car entertainment and information system from Microsoft, will be Wi-Fi capable, announced Ford today, Wired reports. The system would not require a new subscription or even new hardware, merely any USB modem you’ve got to generate a 300 ft. radius of connectivity around your car. As Ford president of the Americas, Mark Fields, puts it:
“While you’re driving to grandma’s house, your spouse can be finishing the holiday shopping and the kids can be chatting with friends and updating their Facebook profiles.”
Other companies are on the bandwagon, including Mercedes Benz, BMW, Chrysler, and GM, who are developing their own systems and hardwares, and which generally incur an installation and subscription fee. This seems like a bad idea to me for some reason, and I freaking love technology. Imagine synching this connectivity to an HP computer with head-tracking/facial recognition (in most cases – see first video below for what I mean) and this touch-screen display – imagine Skyping while driving.
Imagine taking a cross-country trip and being able to blog about it while your buddy takes their shift behind the wheel. Imagine uploading stupid teenager tricks to YouTube while on the way to the hospital. Imagine the accidents from people paying more attention to their computers instead of the other people on the road. Hopefully, someday soon, DARPA will get their shit together and we won’t have to worry about split attentions, or looking out a window, ever again.