Voice Texting and Facebook while driving… How do you feel about that?

September 8th, 2010 by

How do you feel about texting while driving? How would you feel if you knew your child was updating their Facebook status while driving? I am sure that just like me, you would be infuriated. Well, what if it were easier to do and didn’t cause a distraction? GM is working on their own new version of Ford’s Sync System in conjunction with GM’s popular OnStar. Check out the story below from AutoBlog and let me know how you feel about this new OnStar feature in the works.

General Motors is ready to bring the fight to Ford’s Sync system with a reworked version of OnStar, but the salient details won’t be revealed for another seven days. However, we’ve gotten word from the General that it’s testing two new features: Audio Facebook updates and voice texting.

On the Facebook front, GM is the experimental phase of integrating OnStar with the 800-pound social media guerilla, allowing users to verbally update their Facebook status via audio recordings, with the possibility of utilizing the OnStar Virtual Advisor feature to read off Facebook status updates and news feeds.

Voice texting works in a similar manner, pairing the driver’s Bluetooth mobile phone to OnStar and allowing the system to read received SMS messages and reply using a voice command to select four pre-set messages. That’s not true voice-to-text functionality, but it’s similar to what’s being offered by other automakers.

So, what are your initial first thoughts? I still can’t decide. I may need to see it in action first.

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