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Recently, Ford and Facebook engineers got together for a 24-hour “Hackathon” at Facebook’s Palo Alto campus, brainstorming new ways to socialize the car with one of the world’s most popular social media platforms.
This hackaton (it’s a brief, intense coding event with no restrictions that brings programmers together to create breakthrough technology) was the inspiration for some pretty interesting ideas that could be integrated into Ford’s SYNC system.
A few of cool ideas included the ability to check in as soon you turn off your car, listen to songs that friends have posted on their walls and check out places your friends have liked. There’s also the possibility of the SYNC system checking to see if your friends are nearby and requesting directions to their location, and notifying your friends of an estimated time of arrival if you’re running late.
The ideas generated at the event were demoed at the end of the hackathon, and Ford took a few of the best ideas to further develop at the automaker’s Dearborn labs.
You can check out a video of the hackathon event after the jump.