Bolaji - Yeah, he said it during the Q&A, and FWIW, he sounded sincere. It sounds like car guys are finally realizing how important technology is going to be in saving their own industry. He even had interesting things to say about increased possibility for car-sharing business models, and how individual car ownership will significantly change in the near future.
It was, what's the word, refreshing, even promising... but, yes, it took a long time.
Jenn, I couldn't but wonder if Ford said those things after reading the statement. Really? The automotive industry is now going to start listening to its high-tech suppliers and no longer insist on a 5-year design cycle? It's like they've become anachronistic in a light-speed economy. It's a good start but, by heck, they sure took their time getting here!
Ford's speech was pretty good, all things considered (end of the day keynote, but on day 1 when everyone is excited about the possibility of a hyper-connected world). And, yeah, I liked his idea of having vehicles talk directly to the highway system to get traffic flowing better. Admittedly, though, I did simultaneously also visualize a bad movie scene where Stephen King's Christine meets a Bruce Willis-style crash'em-up thriller to cause global traffic chaos.
And - good question what do we call a voice tweet? Maybe we should come up with something and trademark it so we can royalties when it becomes famous.=)
Ford's point about using connectivity to help gridlock is the best possible use of mobile technology. Getting lost was the main reason behind GPS and people that are lost drive slower and snarl traffic up. By the time you hit a traffic jam, it's usually too late to do anything about it. If you know your fellow commuters, and anyone that works in an office probably does, tweeting about a traffic jam is a great way to help out a colleague. The tweets would have to be voice-recognition driven, but I can see how that would work. Status updates about being stuck in traffice is another tool. Again, these would have to have an interface that doesn't require reading while driving.
If a tweet isn't text, though, is it still a tweet?
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