【Computex 2014】Ford Brings New Car Experience with Google Glass App

5 Jun

Ford Motor Co. invited the press at Computex to take a look at their vehicles with Google Glass on. One of our writers was lucky enough to experience this in person.

Below is an account of his experience:

After putting on the glass and following the instructions, I watched various videos shown on the glass introducing the car’s looks and the interior design. I was able to take pictures and film videos with Google Glass, integrating car viewing experience with the head-worn device’s features. Overall, the Ford experience was cool and news worthy. However, it was not so practical and rather experimental. Only when relevant products become more popular and advanced can such application be feasible.

▲Put on Google Glass and get ready for the experience.

▲Scan the experience app’s QRCode.

▲Look at a car with Google Glass on.

▲The video on display introduces the car’s dashboard and the glass also shows the interior on the display.

I was not quite used to part of the experience, pretty much like many of those who dislike Google glass. People who wear the device for the first time need to spend some time focusing on the display while those with near-sightedness have to adjust their regular glasses to a comfortable place.

Among other shortcomings are the small display of Google Glass and difficulty in viewing the left side of the screen. At the experience event, Google Glass was connected to a tablet for venue staff to keep track of the status on both devices. The tiny Google Glass display cannot compare with the tablet’s screen in size, so why not just carry a tablet and look at the car?  The advantage of wearing Google Glass in this situation is only that it’s wearable while a tablet has to be held.

Due to safety concerns, integration of technology with cars has been slow despite rapid development. Take telematics for example. It allows voice control of car accessories, such as the music player. However, the system would not be released to consumers without passing many safety tests first.