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iPod Meets Electric Car - Disruptive Technolgy?

27 July 2009  |  2084 views  |  1

I had a thought while I was checking out the electric car offerings and can really see where electric cars might be disruptive to iPod users, perhaps downright dismembering. Maybe the solution is to build iPod sensors into electric vehicles so they can hook into some sort of collision avoidance system. The probability of an iPod wearer stepping into the path of an electric car has to be far higher than a hearing person and way higher than my V12.

Maybe get Apple into build safety emitters into the iPods, perhaps two way so that municipalities can mute your iPod if you are in a danger zone. They could double up as electric vehicle detectors. Perhaps mute the music if an electric car is approaching and shout a voice warning (your choice but something like 'Look out stupid' might be appropriate).

Either way but there's no point in the car shouting it out because it's impossible to reach the brain of the iPod wearer and you'd offend too many innocent people. iPod's are only built to last for a while so we should be able to upgrade them all to ProtectiPods within a couple of years.

The electric car detector idea isn't a bad thing because not all of us have sight and there will have to be some protection for the deaf or blind, either iPod wearing or not. They might prove to be a handy investment for on the way home from the pub too.

 

Update Oct 15

Hybrid and electric car manufacturers are now planning on including speakers and vroom vroom sounds in their new offerings. Hear hear! Can mine blast out that song from the surfing scene in Apocalypse Now?

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John Dring
John Dring - Intel Network Services - Swindon | 27 July, 2009, 16:47

Easy, just put a cloths-peg and a piece of plastic (recyclable) on the spokes of the electric vehicle.  Now it sounds like a real car again.

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A Finextra member | 27 July, 2009, 22:36

Thank you so much , John. That gave me a thrilling little moment of memory where I was back in simpler times (younger and cuter) doing just that on my new Raleigh.

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