Ford Motor Company has announced that it is adding Wi-Fi networks to some of its models in 2010. We’re just curious when the first accident will be caused by this.
It was announced today that Ford will be adding the ability to plug a mobile broadband modem into some of its cars next year, and that this will create an in-car Wi-Fi hotspot. “While you’re driving to grandma’s house, your spouse can be finishing the holiday shopping and the kids can be chatting with friends and updating their Facebook profiles,” said Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas. “And you’re not paying for yet another mobile subscription or piece of hardware because Ford will let you use technology you already have.”
While Ford is promoting this as others in the car beyond the driver using it, you know perfectly well what is going to happen. Some idiot is going to set up his laptop in his passenger seat and go on a site like Facebook or Twitter while trying to drive at the same time. They’re going to try to read the screen and drive at the same time. And, in short, someone is going to end up dead.
According to a new study reported by MSNBC, people who send text messages while driving are six times more likely to have an accident. What will the number be while sending a message to Twitter via a laptop?
This certainly won’t be Ford’s fault as they have no control over what a person does with a car once they buy it, but it is something I wonder if we really need. There are already ways to have Wi-Fi in your car and no accidents have been caused by it that I know, but once you build something into a vehicle and make it easier to use, all bets are off.
All this being said, I would love to have a car with Wi-Fi in it, but I also know I would be smart enough not to use it while I was behind the wheel. Can you say the same for other people on the road?