The Ford MyTouch in-car display and travel computing integrator has certainly garnered attention.
CNET gave it a CES 2010 Best in Show award while the NYTimes also found it distractingly praise worthy – but that is part of the problem, will MyTouch, despite its touchscreen and voice command/reading capabilities be the source of greater fenderbenders? I have another viewpoint. The less noted capability of MyTouch support WiFi hotspot technology could have a very positive benefit – encouraging mul;ti-passenger per car commuting. Now as one drives, 2-3 others can connect to the Web, get their email, or check a report. Yes, this is dependent on Wifi delivery along the length of a commute and smartphones and netbooks alreadyhave these capabilities. But the strength of hotspot routers like Sprint Nextel’s Overdrive are really quite good. I am hoping that MyTouch or GM’s optional Wifi enablement takes off so they acts as a catalyst for getting GO Transit to put in mobile Wifi Hotspots in their commuting trains -so then the commute to work can be more than a Sudoku puzzle or Crossword trek.