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Tech Tuesday No. 1: Visiting QNX Headquarters
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Welcome to Tech Tuesday, our new series that explains and exposes the high tech features in today’s new cars. For our inaugural post, we’re not just looking at what technology is in cars today; instead we’re looking ahead to the future of in-car infotainment systems.
Try almost any modern infotainment system. Most feel like they’re a decade behind today’s gadgets in terms of touch-screen responsiveness and resolution. So why don’t cars offer us technology on par with smartphones and tablets? Continue Reading…
It seems that we’re bent on information overload; there’s virtually an app for everything when it comes to our smart phones and even in our vehicles, there seems to be a race to see which manufacturer can place the most amount of data and programming info at our finger tips.
Ford, thanks to features like MyTouch is aggressively pedaling down this avenue and now it’s gone and given F-150 owners their very own ‘Truck App.’
Essentially, it’s a more in-depth version of the truck’s standard information touch screen, adding towing and off-road specific features. For the towing screen the App gives drivers a checklist of questions to see if the trailer is properly connected, it will also record and accumulate data and mileage for a particular trailer – it can store specific information on up to 10 individual trailers, in order to help those operators with larger vehicle fleets.
In the off-road setting, the App, allows the driver to monitor steering angle, pitch and roll, ascent or descent angle, high or low range when 4WD is engaged, along with the E-locker differential and on the SVT Raptor, Hill Descent Control. The F-150 productivity screen is standard on FX/FX4; Lariat; King Ranch and Platinum F-150s, as well as XLT models equipped with the convenience package. Click on the link below to see how it works.
[Source: Ford Motor Company]
Tech addicts, the 2011 Ford Fiesta may be your next car. (Just as long as you don’t own an Apple iPhone, ’cause it’s not supported yet.) SYNC, the in-car technology platform developed by Microsoft in partnership with Ford, will soon allow for third-party cell phone applications to be controlled by voice commands and in-car controls.
Forget the fact that no other automaker is even close to offering such integration, Sync AppLink will be on production vehicles this year. AppLink works — at launch — on Android and BlackBerry phones, with titles such as Pandora Internet radio, Stitcher “smart radio”, and Orangatame’s Twitter client OpenBeak available.
“The growth in smartphone mobile apps has been explosive, and Ford has worked hard to respond at the speed of the consumer electronics market,” said Doug VanDagens, director of Ford’s Connected Services Organization. “SYNC is the only connectivity system available that can extend that functionality into the car. AppLink will allow drivers to control some of the most popular apps through SYNC’s voice commands and steering wheel buttons, helping drivers keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.”
Once developers realize they can help distract drivers while on the road, this list is sure to grow exponentially. May we suggest an in-car fart app that can deliver a disgusting noise through a speaker closest to the intended victim?