Facebook and Ford Develop Automatic Event Check-In Concept At Hackathon

Posted Mar 1, 2012

Facebook and Ford recently came together at a joint Hackathin event to come up with ideas to make cars more social. About 30 engineers from Ford and Facebook got together for 24 hours to rapidly develop prototype apps that would integrate Facebook’s social elements into Ford SYNC.

Some of the app concepts that were developed at the Hackathon would be further pushed at Ford’s labs in Dearborn, Michigan. One of the winning concepts was having a car’s system check if a user has arrived at his or her Facebook event location. If they have arrived, then the person would be automatically checked in on Facebook once the car’s ignition is turned off.

Another idea was to have the car read off a list of nearby restaurants that have been recently liked by your friends or play music that your friends are currently listening to in their homes.

Ford’s SYNC connectivity platform is currently already in over 4 million vehicles. SYNC allows drivers to listen to their favorite music, get directions, and answer calls using voice commands.

[Source: Autoblog]