By loading software onto its vehicles through Wi-Fi, Ford expects to save millions. But this technology could be used to provide drivers the option of handpicking their car's features, much like apps do for smartphones.
Wi-Fi was first introduced in Ford vehicles with SYNC, its voice activated system that turns your car into a roving Wi-Fi hotspot. Now, Wi-Fi is being used for a new application in their Oakville, Ontario plant: to install phone and entertainment features in the production line of select vehicles. Loading the software this way has resulted in a less than 1% failure rate so far, and it has reduced labor costs since it's hands-free.