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Daily Dose - The Future of Car and Smartphone Integration

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Automaker Ford has announced that it will make the first vehicle that enables Blackberry and Android phones to use certain web apps through voice commands.  The 2011 model of the Ford Fiesta, which will be released this summer, will be the first vehicle to have this feature.  The voice commands are possible with Microsoft's Sync AppLink onboard operating system, which has been around for a few years.  iPhone integration is in the works as well, but interoperability may be an issue.  

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Tom Wheeler replied on Wed, 2010/04/21 - 11:07am

I don't know how Ford is going to implement it, but it sure would be nice if it wasn't directly tied to specific phones.  A new car will probably still be on the road 10-15 years from now, but I doubt anyone will be using a smartphone from 2010.  The value of this will diminish as quickly as the technology changes.

Standards sure would be nice here, but in lieu of them, maybe they could design it so that the built-in system handled generic functions like phone number lookup, dialing and communication and then have a small adapter which integrates that with a specific model of smartphone.  Presumably someone could sell these adapters as new phones come out.

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