The new technology -- dubbed "Sync" -- will finally bring together two industries that have long been expected to cross paths, allowing consumers to use their vehicles as computers in key ways, such as hands-free cell phone calls or downloading music or receiving e-mail.
I admit to being outside the telecommunications mainstream (this is my cell phone, fer chrissakes) but...isn't that functionalty already covered by plenty of other gadgets (iPods, etc). And even my ultra-ghetto cell phone has a hands-free solution right there on its homepage.
So who the fuck thinks MORE distractions in the car is a direction we need to go?
Why, Bill Gates and Bill Ford!
Ford and Gates said that having high-definition screens in vehicles, speech recognition, cameras, digital calendars and navigation equipment with directions and road conditions will set car companies apart from their competitors in the future.
"There are going to be those who have it and those who don't. And even those who get it later are going to be a generation behind," Ford said.
Ford praised the way the industries were working together, saying engineers were bringing new ideas forward "faster than we can assimilate" them.
Save me, Joe Louis....