Are Facebook and Ford teaming up to make a social automobile?

Author's Note

Google is testing self-driving cars. Telematics technologies beam us drivers all sorts of information beyond what we can see through our windscreens: navigation, weather, traffic patterns, even movie times and dinner date reservations. It doesn't take a Doc Brown from "Back to the Future" to see where all this is headed. At some point, just like in the cyberpunk novels and movies, cars will simply be automated personal boxes that move us from one physical location to another. And while we're in those boxes, we'll do things we otherwise couldn't do while manually driving a car or while we're at work -- things like socializing, shaving, putting on make-up, reading, and of course, doing fun stuff online. Speaking of fun, once upon a time, driving was something people often did for the sheer pleasure of it. Now that it's become more or less a utilitarian function (for most people, most of the time) it makes sense to me that we would use technology to make more efficient use of that time.

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