Ever felt like you need a personal assistant just to get through the day? New developments in automotive technology could enable your future car to provide virtual help when you need it the most.
Ford’s in-car connectivity system SYNC 3 already enables voice control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and will soon enable drivers to use Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa. By 2022 nearly 90 percent of new cars are expected to offer voice recognition capability. Additional technology that enables vehicles to decipher tiny changes in our facial expressions or modulations in the tone of our voice is currently in development.
Although it sounds like a bit of science fiction now, the cars of tomorrow could indeed be able to determine what mood we are in and engage systems to make our lives more pleasant. Future plans to equip vehicles with sophisticated microphones and in-car cameras could help our vehicles to learn what songs we like to listen to while in different mood states and even determine when we would prefer to ride in silence.
Someday soon our cars might know how to adjust the interior lighting to compliment our mood, tell us a joke to cheer us up, remind us of birthdays or simply talk to us to keep us alert during a long drive. Cloud-based voice control systems are expected to be available in most new cars by 2022. Auto experts predict that these systems could double as personal assistants that re-schedule appointments or even order takeout while drivers are stuck in traffic.
“Lots of people already love their cars, but with new in-car systems that learn and adapt, we can expect some seriously strong relationships to form,” said Dominic Watt, senior lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistic Science, University of York. “The car will soon be our assistant, travel companion and sympathetic ear, and you’ll be able to discuss everything and ask anything, to the point many of us might forget we’re even talking to a machine.”
For now, Ford drivers will have to settle for the innovative SYNC3 system with iPhone interface for Apple CarPlay or Android Auto for voice activated or touch screen access to maps, music selection, phone calls and messaging. Although 2017 Ford cars and trucks can not yet order a pizza for you, they are pretty well equipped to get you from point A to point B in style.
To learn more about current or future automotive innovations please contact or visit our Ford Dealership near Dallas, Texas. We would love to show you all the new features available on new Ford cars and trucks.