I couldn’t make this up: automakers are adding social media capabilities to new cars. Right there on the front page of today’s WSJ Marketplace section was an article that sent a crude, 3-letter cyber code to my lips (and it wasn’t “LOL”).
Yes, folks, there are cars with 17-inch dashboard screens, cars that can check your Facebook account – even cars that can deliver Twitter feeds.
Oh Boy, I Can Hardly Wait….not!
I’m having a hard enough time dodging women drivers who are applying mascara while flooring it on Route 9 and guys with cell phones glued to their ears as they change lanes on Route 128 with crazed abandon.
Now I have to worry about the clowns who cannot be separated from their FB or Twitter feed while they’re driving? Have we lost our minds?
True, there are hands-free features of these new systems – maybe this is supposed to make it all OK. They use voice activation. But still, do we really need to weigh in with an “OMG” or hit the “Like” button whenever a FB friend posts a silly dog photo…while we’re driving 65-mph?
According to this article, Mercedes-Benz will soon have cars that let drivers “tap into Facebook and perform Google searches. Mercedes drivers won’t be able to enter text while the car is in drive, but prewritten phrases can be selected with a click.” Evidently the Tesla Model S electric car will have a “17-inch touch screen display with internet access and four USB ports to attach devices to.”
So be very, very careful when you’re out on the open road, people. Drivers in front, behind and/or to either side of you might be struggling to get that hash tag just right – or they might be resharing a photo on their FB account.
I’m calling this trend “Cars Gone Wild.”