google reader 1000 2 Ford, U M students send socially connected Fiestas on cross country roadtrip, aim to become Mayor of the USA

Ford is certainly no stranger to internet-connected cars, but it looks like it’s now truly stepped up its game with a little help from some University of Michigan students, who have teamed up to send two Fiestas on a socially-networked, cross-country road trip.
The two cars (part of the American Journey 2.0 project) apparently each pack a similar trunk-full of gear — including both WiMAX and EV-DO modems, and a 2.6 GHz PC with an 80GB SSD hard drive — and they’ll each be testing out a number of different applications developed by Ford and the students. Those include the UMich-developed Caravan app, which allows the two cars to communicate with each other during the trip, and three different Ford-developed social networking apps, which will let the cars blog and tweet their progress and, yes, even check in on Foursquare each time they make a stop. Source: ENGADGET


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