What do you get when you bring a city’s tech community together under one roof? Ideas, ideas and more ideas!
That’s what happened at the recent TechCrunch Meetup, held at the Steam Whistle Brewery in Toronto. Ford was an official sponsor of the event, which was hosted by TechCrunch, the popular technology website known for profiling startups.
The event was a perfect fit for the blue oval, according to Mark van Tol, Ford of Canada’s communications manager.
“What we’re doing is moving away from thinking about ourselves as a car company and more as a technology company,” van Tol said. “What we’re looking at doing is looking at people’s lifestyles and being part of it. Being able to talk to the technology community here in Toronto really gives us a great feel for what’s out there.”
Members of the tech community were glad to share their wild ideas of what future cars should be able to accomplish. Here’s a look at what they wanted to see.
- Matt Burns, Senior Editor, TechCrunch.com, wants to see a car that can take him to any destination with the push of a button.
- Helen Androlia wants to see her GPS take on the voice of anyone she likes – Christopher Walken maybe?
- Brian Alkerton wants a car that automatically syncs to all his social networking profiles and therefore takes him to events he should be going to … before he even knows about them.
- Graham Rowlands wants to see cars manage many aspects of driving for you.
- Paul Diez, who gets a lot of work done during train rides, wants a car that will simulate that experience for him as it drives on autopilot.
- Michael Kim would like to see a car powered by banana peels.
- Joey deVilla, who estimates he will be in his 80s or 90s in the year 2050, wants a car that will drive by itself and show him the future’s equivalent to Matlock – “Old folks TV,” as he puts it.
What would you like to see in your future car? Let us know in the comments below.