"When I get real bored, I like to drive downtown and get a great parking spot, then sit in my car and count how many people ask me if I'm leaving." Comedian Steven Wright
Following is a short description of my breakthrough moment as to how information technology had the potential to change the driving experience:
I was driving on the outskirts of New Orleans with a good friend, who had just bought a GPS device that he could hook up to his laptop. He told me to put the GPS "module" next to the rear window, then watch the screen as the CD-ROM software synched up with the GPS signal. One...two...then three satellites synched up. Then, as if by magic, the little moving triangle appeared precisely on the map of our location. Whoa!
Mind you, this was long before GPS systems were pervasive in rental cars or any of that, so it was a revelatory moment as I watched our car tracking along the map on my friend's laptop as our car moved down the highway.
Turned out, that was just the beginning.
IBM Investor Relations just initiated a new podcast series on key business and technology topics. First off the line? IBM's own Jim Ruthven and Dr. Roberto Sicconi talk about how IT is changing the driving experience, using everything from telematics to voice-recognition technology to not only get you where you need to go, but get you the information and communications you need along the way.
Get your motor runnin...head out on the highway...lookin' for adventure...and whatever comes our way...