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Forget gas; future Ford cars may run on the cloud

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Ford (s f) continues to think ahead with connected cars, showing off a concept car that’s as intelligent as the best smartphones. Thanks to mobile broadband, access to a driver’s calendar and entertainment preferences, and smart engineering, the Ford Evos is an example how the cloud can power cars of the future. In conjunction with the IFA show in Berlin, the auto-maker is showing off the Evos concept vehicle in this video, released today.

As impressive and futuristic as the Evos concept is, many of the features don’t seem too far-fetched because of their “connectedness.” Why couldn’t a car re-route you to a more scenic drive if your early work meeting was cancelled or postponed en route? If you have a favorite Internet radio station, perhaps your car should know about it and auto-tune on the drive. And Ford has already touted smart mapping apps for electric vehicles that automatically direct you to the closest recharging station.

We’ve seen so many personalization options in smartphones — where the devices start learning about us and act as intelligent secretaries — that in my mind, these concepts are a natural progression to vehicles. Cars can easily have the sensors and silicon to make this future a reality, but having access to our digital identities in the cloud is the fuel for this future. We’ll talk more about this connectedness among the Internet of Things at our Mobilize event later this month, where I expect to hear about many other intelligent devices.

Related: Om’s interview earlier this month with Ford Motor Company CTO Paul Mascarenas, on how connectedness will change cars.

9 Responses to “Forget gas; future Ford cars may run on the cloud”

  1. Dan Ziman

    Jay – it reminds me of the movie Wall-E. Where everyone was fat and lazy ’cause every need in life was available via a joystick in your floating recliner.

  2. Anybody recalls the movie “Terminator”? Yeah, it sounds great, but eventually like with all other things, there will be issues. To mention some, repair cost of such technology, instrument malfunction due to various natural interference, affordability, and so on and so forth. Great on fuel economy, but I think is an unnecessary jump when we should be focusing on having cars that don’t run on fuel. Is just the wrong direction. Still, I think of “Terminator” and instead of getting an extra hour of sleep I get my house set on fire cause I didn’t clean the car.

      • I, for one, welcome our new automotive overlords.

        Once humans have been subsumed within the hive collective, we’ll all be rescued from the tyranny of autonomy and free will. Then, we’ll be able to devote more time to sharing with our friends the routes we took to the office.