The future is now

Volvo Microsoft Band 2
Ford F-150, drone to vehicle technology

THE last time I saw someone talking to their car it was in the famous Knightrider TV series when the hero, David ‘The Hoff' Hasselhoff spoke into a communicator to issue instructions to KITT, his wheeled marvel.

All far-fetched fun stuff at the time but now, 33 years later, the age of voice communication with vehicles is here and may soon be as familiar as the sat nav.

Volvo owners will be able to talk to their car via their Microsoft Band 2, allowing them to instruct their vehicle to perform tasks including setting the navigation, starting the heater, locking the doors, flashing the lights or sounding the horn via Volvo's mobile app, Volvo on Call,and the connected wearable device.

In November 2015, Volvo and Microsoft announced their high-profile collaboration with the first automotive application of HoloLens technology. HoloLens is the world's first fully untethered holographic computer, which could be used in future to redefine how customers first encounter, explore and even buy their car.

Amazing technology in action. I mean, who hasn't dreamed of talking to their car via a wrist-worn wearable.

Providing it does not answer back of course.

Ford is also coming up on the outside rail in the technology race imagining a world in which vehicles and drones become more capable, and efficient at working together.

Working with DJI, the world leader in professional-grade drone systems and software, Ford invites innovators to participate in the DJI Developer Challenge to create drone-to-vehicle communications using Ford SYNCAppLink or OpenXC.

The goal is a surveying system for the United Nations Development Program to inspect emergency zones inaccessible to even the most versatile vehicles.

The technology could allow the United Nation's first responders to earthquakes, or tsunamis, to quickly deploy drones that are able to survey and map the hardest-hit areas - all from the cab of an F-150 pick-up truck..


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