October 19, 2011
Ford allow you to text while you drive 0
The title may have taken you by surprise but it’s true, to a certain extent. Ford is introducing a new piece of technology where you will be able to text while you drive. It comes as part of the Ford SYNC package.
As you drive, your text messages will be read out loud to you. You are then able to reply to it in a safe and responsible manner.
It’s a clever piece of technology which adds to the company’s host of safety features already implemented in many Ford cars. It will naturally reduce motorists using their mobiles phones to text whilst they drive. In recent polls in the UK, many admit to distracting themselves off the road in order to send a text message. The same can be said for motorists in America too. Ford really do seem like they are paying attention and are attempting to dampen this potentially dangerous situation.
It will connect with the car’s Bluetooth connection ability, by syncing the phones contacts and alerts. Whenever a text message is received, the driver will be able to listen to the message as it is played out loud. The driver can reply to the text message without letting go of the steering wheel with a selection of pre stored messages.
Mark Porter, the Supervisor of Sync Product Development said that at present, everything is at its early stages as the range of mobiles which are able to work with the SYNC technology isn’t very large. He said “A limited population of phones has the capability to work with the text message readback feature of Sync,” He continued to say that the potential for car technology to work alongside phones is huge. “With our initial adoption of MAP for our latest generation of Sync and our recent efforts to integrate it into our previous variations of the system, we hope we are setting an example that encourages more collaboration between Ford, the phone makers and the wireless industry to help drivers find smarter alternatives to hand-held texting while on the road.”
Will this ever reach the UK? Will you be able to text while you drive safely? We would certainly welcome any idea which helps make our roads safer.