Toyota Social Network Lets You Tweet With Your Car

Linda Sharps
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Tired of spending your time interacting with humans online? Great news! Toyota Motor Corp and Salesforce.com are teaming up to build a social network service so vehicle owners can become "friends" with their cars.

Meatware: so 2000 and late.

The idea behind this private social network called "Toyota Friend" is that owners will be able to hold brief Twitter-like conversations with their cars in order to finally fulfill their motor-fetish fantasies first discovered in childhood while watching Knight Rider get friendly reminders for maintenance checks and other notices.

A sample bit of car dialogue demonstrated at a Tokyo showroom recently: 

An owner of a plug-in Prius hybrid gets a cellphone message from his Prius that he should remember to recharge his car overnight. Once he plugs it in, the car says, "The charge will be completed by 2:15 a.m. Is that OK? See you tomorrow."

Wow that's really interesting and cool and hey is anyone else vaguely reminded of that Stephen King story "Trucks" in which the world's vehicles suddenly come to life and begin systematically and gruesomely killing every human they encounter? Juuuuust wondering.

The plan is for the network to be accessible through PCs, tablets, and smartphones. Exchanges can be kept private, or be shared with other "Toyota Friend" users, as well as made public on Facebook, Twitter, and other services.

Because god knows I can't wait to see status updates from people's cars.

This thrilling new technological advancement should be available soon—the first cars to be shipped with social networking capabilities will be Toyota’s first battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid cars, which are coming next year.

What do you think about Toyota's new social network?



Image via Toyota

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