Ford is joining Google to develop cars smart enough to know where you're going, and how best to get you there so you don't waste time in traffic. The automaker is tapping the power of Google's remarkable Prediction API to create cars that determine where you're going by examining where you've been. It's the latest api of the auto industry calling on Silicon Valley as software takes on more tasks in our cars.
It also underscores the tech sector's growing interest in the automotive sector as Microsoft, Cisco and IBM develop new technologies and markets. In a nutshell, the Prediction API adds pattern-matching capability to existing cloud-based datasets, using it to predict probable outcomes for current events.
Using it in an automotive api would allow our cars to effectively learn from our behavior and adapt to it. So in theory, if you opt in to using the service, a computer in your car would create an encrypted record of your driving data — where you've gone, when you've gone there and what route prediction took — and tailor it to your driving profile. Eventually, your car "remembers" where and how you drive.
Using that information, it can tap the Google Prediction engine to analyze huge datasets and get a sense of where you might be headed when, say, you start the engine at 6: Then it can suggest an ideal route to avoid congestion or other headaches. But that's not all. The car would then optimize itself for the trip — Ford didn't say exactly how — to adjust the powertrain forex improve fuel efficiency.
But Ford api applying the Google Prediction API to two years of in-house driving data. It will almost certainly be years before we see cars with this sort of technology, but Ford maintains it is committed forex the project. Your California privacy rights. Ford, Google Team Up to Make Google Cars. Prediction Video Backchannel Magazine Wired Insider. Get Our Newsletter WIRED's biggest stories, delivered to your inbox. Mike Isaac Mike Isaac gear Car Shows cars Electronics and Gadgets Telematics.
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