quote: I remember in the 70's people thought seatbelts were stupid because it was safer to be ejected from the car.
quote: In the 80's, I remember people bitching about air bags and how they could go off at any minute and cause an accident.
quote: Granted, first generation airbags weren't great
quote: Make it idiot-proof, and someone will make a better idiot.
quote: Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
quote: people love to use their smartphones in the car
quote: For example it might block incoming calls if the driver was stressed,
quote: in case the driver looses focus
quote: Most notably, it now recognizes some of the "special" commands like "I'm hungry," which were noticeably non-working both at our demo at CES 2011 and in our test vehicle.
quote: He said that Ford looked into both that an so-called "geofencing" -- constraining how far the teen could go -- but decided that it would be too intrusive and amount to policing drivers.
quote: the car will be able to speak to emergency dispatchers in the native language of the region, which it detects using GPS. For example, in Britain it will speak English, but if you take the rail across the Chunnel to France your system will switch over to speaking French.
quote: I'm in Canada, so this wouldn't affect me in the slightest, but it seems to me that a person who purchased their vehicle in England may not speak french, german, spanish, italian, portugese, etc. ... which makes this system incredibly stupid, IMO.
quote: my build from May 25th is still terrible.
quote: We can understand this, but it still seems like it would be a better idea to cut out the touch interaction all together and exclusively allow interaction via voice, and perhaps the steering wheel controls and LCD panels in the gauges cluster (which seem slightly less distracting as you don't have to look as far).
quote: With the update, you'll be able to program a variety of speeds into the system, including speeds lower than 80 mph.
quote: I suspect there will be a lawsuit when the first person gets killed because of a poorly set limit. Someone set it to 50mph, person gets on the highway, gets run down by a truck because they can't accelerate.