Ford To Drop CD Players In Some Models
July 27, 2011 at 3:59 AM (PT)
Is listening to a CD on your drive to work a thing of the past? It could be, if FORD is betting correctly. The automaker hopes to usher in a digital age for in-car entertainment by getting rid of CD players in its new models. THE DAILY MAIL reports, "The company plans to help drivers to access their libraries of digital music via the Internet."
FORD's latest Focus model will include a USB socket allowing digital music players to be plugged in, rather than offer a CD player. "The new cars will have the SYNC 'infotainment hub' that lets drivers access their music library through the internet by plugging in a device called a dongle, which enables Wi-Fi. This would facilitate using devices such as iPODS, iPHONES and other digital music players."
FORD Global Trends And Futuring Manager SHERYL CONNELLY, said the move was necessary to keep up with the needs of its customers. "In-car entertainment technology is moving digital more rapidly than almost any other element of the vehicle experience," she said. "The in-car CD player -- much like pay telephones -- is destined to fade away in the face of exciting new technology."