The folks at Honda are at it again. The Japanese car company
is going beyond the "old and busted" real-time traffic updates
found in some newer in-car GPS system and is introducing real-time
weather updates in Japan. And that not all -- as if sites like MySpace
weren't already taken over the Internet and lives of young children and adults
everywhere, Honda is looking to take social networking to automobiles with its
next generation GPS technology.
Drivers who subscribe to Honda's InterNavi Premium Club in
Japan will have access to real-time weather updates every 10 minutes. Drivers
will be given weather updates based on their current position or the
destination entered. The system can also alert drivers to flooded roads and
other weather-related road hazards.
Honda is also offering a Social Networking Service (SNS)
with its InterNavi Premium Service. The SNS will allow drivers to enter
comments about a particular location or point of interest (POI). The
information will then be relayed to other club members and they can see your
comments while approaching the destination.
Automobiles are becoming more detached and at
the same time more connected with drivers. It seems as though car companies are
finding more ways to keep humans from controlling their vehicles and at the
same time finding more stuff for us to do along the way.