Here is the end of the week auto news roundup. The stories include Barry Levinson threatening to sue Ford over Twitter, Toyota’s new “unofficial” motto, a story about Charlie Sheen’s Mercedes, and an update with General Motors.
Using the hands free SYNC system, you will be able to update and receive tweets in the near future. However The Law Offices of Barry Levinson is getting ready to sue Ford Motor Company for that reason. Below is a portion of a press release that he sent out [TheTruthAboutCars]:
Ford?s development of technology to facilitate driver computer use runs counter to the national trend, which sees authorities cracking down on distracted driving? Ford defends its Twitter technology, claiming to be making existing driver behaviors safer. But Ford?s assertion may not hold up to scrutiny. The 2006 driver distraction study found that talking and listening to conversation via cell phone was as likely to cause a crash as dialing a cell phone; if this seemingly apt analogy for the distinction between typing on a computer and talking into one holds up, it would undermine Ford?s justification for installing Twitter technology in cars.
General Motors and NASA have partnered to develop a robot called the Robonaut 2 (R2). “The partnership’s vision is to explore advanced robots working together in harmony with people, building better, higher quality vehicles in a safer, more competitive manufacturing environment,” stated GM VP for global research and development Alan Taub.