It looks like all of that integrated text-eliminating technology we were talking about a few days back is coming along sooner than you may think! Ford is set to begin installing a feature that reads text messages out loud to reduce distraction due to reading them while driving
The feature, which will be installed in new vehicles and some older models, is part of Ford's voice-activated technology, Sync
, and is already installed on all model 2012 Ford vehicles with the exception of the Ranger.
The system syncs with smartphones via a Bluetooth connection and alerts users when they receive text messages, reads them out loud and allows users to respond with a selection of standard pre-written messages without taking their hands off the wheel.
Vehicles model 2010 or later will carry the new system as an upgrade available as a download. Older Ford vehicles that have Sync will soon be able to make the update as well.
Studies have shown that distracted driving is a major factor in fatal traffic accidents. What is your fleet doing to reduce distracted driving?
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