AutoComplete: Ford borrows from BlackBerry for connected-car pushPlus: Apple's new patent could curb driver distraction, and Lexus celebrates April Fools' Day a bit early.
Here's what's making news on Road Show. Ford is making moves in the world of connected cars. The automaker announced a $375 million investment in Canada. It would use the money to establish the Ottawa Research and Engineering Center along with hiring 400 new engineers to help develop its connected car technology. A significant portion of those engineers come from Blackberry which develop QMX the operating system that serves as the brains for Ford sync three in [UNKNOWN] system. A recent Apple patent could help curve driver distraction in a big way, the company was rented a patent for a system that uses a wearable motion sensor to determine whether or not a user is actually driving a vehicle As opposed to just being a passenger. If the sensors determine a user is driving a car, it can limit the notification sense of the users device which should cut down on distraction behind the wheel. April Fool's day came a bit early for Lexus which celebrated the prank friendly holiday with a video for it's lane valet system. It uses vehicle to vehicle communication to force left lane hogs into the right lane which is now close enough to reality to where we really, really, really, really wish it were real. You can catch the prank on the tv this weekend during the NCAA men's basketball tournament and the Encore presentation of Saturday night live. Find more on these stories over at theroadshow.com and we'll talk to you tomorrow.