Ford is out in the lead on one of the newest and highest profile auto safety issues, banning text-messaging in cars. Ford thinks you should keep your thumbs on the wheel and your eyes on the road, and to back that up, the automaker is throwing its political capital behind Sen. Charles Schumer’s legislation, which would cut federal funding for roads by 25% if states do not comply with the ban. That’s pretty much the same tactic used to ensure states comply with any number of traffic safety laws that the federal government wants to encourage, and it’s damn effective as states are nearly always strapped for cash. What about Ford’s own Sync system?
It turns out it won’t be affected, as it has enough hands-free capabilities (including the ability to read text messages aloud to the driver) that it won’t be affected by the law. Other major automakers have yet to take a stand on this issue, but it seems like the wind is blowing and they’ll be quick to spot the direction and follow along.