Improvements in technology are causing innovations to be made in cars. While this is necessary, it can also be very dangerous. With growth in both technology and social media, there are more distractions than ever for drivers on the road. In these articles, we read about the development of Ford Sync and the innovations made in cars to accommodate for the improvements in technology. Ford sync was made by Ford and Microsoft after four years of work. Its purpose is to allow drivers to sync their smart phones with their cars so the car can read them their text messages and tweets without the driver having to physically pick up their phone and look at it.
A point in the article “Connected cars: The Fine Line Between Innovation and Distraction” by Todd Wasserman that caught my attention was that the article doesn’t mention if the car can sync with people of all phone types. It gives an example involving an Apple iPhone but it doesn’t mention if phones such as Droids or Samsung Galaxy’s could sync with their system. This is a problem for non-iPhone users and it may even turn them away from buying the car in the first place.
Another point that caught my attention was that these features are directed to the younger generations that are more adept with technology. The article failed to mention was how usable is it to older people that aren’t as caught up in the technological world as the younger kids in our generation. This is a great feature but some older people barely know how to use their phones in the first place so how will they be expected to be able to connect their phone to their car and use the future to its full potential.
A point that I liked in this article is that hands free texting is actually a very good alternative to the situation we have today with people texting and driving all of the time. People are going to text and drive whether they have hands free access or not so this is a better alternative than how it is now. This point is supported in the article “Some cars will read texts and e-mails or take dictation” by Jayne O’Donnell when Tom Baloga, a retired engineering VP of BMW, says "Lack of cup holders doesn't separate drivers from their coffee. Expecting all drivers to endure smartphone withdrawal is unrealistic."
Something I think the articles overlooked was whether these additions to the cars could actually promote texting and driving or tweeting and driving. Does it make drivers even more distracted now that they can assess everything on their phones without having to physically hold it?