"Chat with your Volvo" watch

6th January 2016


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Here's more evidence that the tech is taken over and the human race is becoming redundant (cue Zager & Evans: In the year 2525). Volvo has joined forces with Microsoft to develop a Microsoft Band 2 wristwatch that allows owners/drivers to tell their car to unlock, or heat up or switch on the lights or tune to their favourite radio station. Talking to your car ain't exactly news, of course. We've been talking to our cars and bikes for years. And we once knew a woman who regularly talked to her watch, or house plants, or passing lamp posts (usually whilst yelling about the bloody Germans). But this, as you'd expect, is a whole new world of madness.


In fact, you can already enjoy digital control of various motor functions via Volvo's On Call smartphone app. But the new voice command function allows you to have a proper manly (or womanly) tête-à-tête with your wheels.


So okay, other firms are already working on the same tech, or have developed prototypes. But once again, it doesn't appears if anyone's seriously asking why we really need all this electronic junk, not while there's money to be made. It's just progress. S'all. And yes, we'll probably come around sooner or later. Most people do.


Expect to see this tech on a motorcycle sometime in the near future, but probably not on one of our motorcycles.




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