Going With the Flo, to TV and Beyond
In-car live TV is here; social media and networking capabilities are on the horizon
And, to add to the "already here" list, Chrysler has developed live, in-car TV. The system, pictured, is called Flo TV, and will be available in most of its vehicles come December (as an add-on, naturally). The TV will carry live programming from around 20 stations -- including Comedy Central and MSNBC -- and will cost $629, plus installation fee, including a year's subscription. Pricing for an annual subscription after the first year has yet to be determined. Like current in-car DVD players, Flo TV will run on a drop-down screen viewable only by rear-seat passengers, so as not to distract drivers.
As far as what's in development, Ford and the University of Michigan have teamed up for a research project called American Journey 2.0, the goal of which is to develop the next generation of car-specific social networking tools and applications -- especially those, like Facebook and Twitter, used by the so-called Millennial generation, 77 percent of whom (according to a recent survey) are frequent users of such tools and applications. Of course, the word "responsibility" is thrown around a lot by the company when discussing the project -- Twitter is nothing more than texting to an open audience, after all -- but it will be interesting to see how the company can safely integrate social media (which work optimally with frequent, if not dedicated, attention), and whether the younger target demographics will enjoy, or even want, those laptop staples in their car.
For more details, visit Ford.com.
(Photo courtesy of Chrysler)
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