New cars have passed me by, or more to the point, the amazing new apps for in-car digital electronics leave me wondering if everything is now aimed at hipsters or other young and plugged in vehicle operators, … not drivers, because none of this has to do with driving, it’s for the smartphone obsessed who find themselves in a car every now and then. Of course, self driving cars are coming soon to a highway near you so why not turn your car into a smartphone, too?
Look at these news releases from Ford:
- Gracenote Powers First-Ever Voice-Activated, Mood-Based Music Listening for Ford SYNC AppLink User
- Parkopedia Launches In-Car, Voice-Activated Parking Spot Discovery App for Ford SYNC AppLink
- Parkmobile App to Add Ford SYNC AppLink Compatibility So Drivers Can Pay for Parking On the Go
- ADT Pulse Customers to Access Home and Business Security Systems Using Ford SYNC AppLink
- Domino’s Pizza, Ford Unveil Latest Ordering App Innovation Using SYNC AppLink System
Just as you can still make phone calls on your smartphone, I’m sure these brave new cars will still respond to the usual driver inputs and move from place to place, but really, voice activated mood music or parking spot discovery? In car pizza ordering? Can’t your already multitasking smartphone do that?
I suppose the automakers are trying to deal with the increasing number of young people who don’t hold cars in high regard and who often are in no rush to get a license. It’s a real problem, if you can’t hook ’em while they’re young, who’s going to buy your cars in the future?
But, these new features leave me cold, I feel a bit sad, maybe a bit nostalgic. I love high tech and the constant advance in every area, but it’s beginning to seem that cars are searching for a new buyer, offering the car as appliance, and you can drive it, too, but only if you really want to.