Maybe so. The online retailer and digital media monolith recently announced the Amazon Cloud Player, an application for Ford Sync that allows users to stream media from their Amazon Cloud account directly to a Ford vehicle. This foray into automotive technology got the minds at Gigaom.com thinking about what could be next for Amazon. As Kevin Fitchard writes, the logical step is to make audio versions of your Kindle library selections available in your car. As he points out, Amazon has already laid the groundwork for such a move.
Amazon pulled the sheets back on Whispersync for Voice last year. The tech pairs ebooks with an Audible book for a small extra fee, allowing users to either read along with a narrator or switch between audio and text versions on command. Fitchard says it wouldn't be some great leap to apply the same principles to a car, where voice recognition software would allow users to pause or select chapters without ever taking their eyes off of the road.

It all sounds just fine to us, but Amazon hasn't said a thing about such a move. Still, we wouldn't be surprised to see the company come down this road in the near future just the same.


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      Rick C.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yes, because a device created as a reader needs to be the next eyes off the road distraction in our cars. Who comes up with this ideas?
        Dan Nunn
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rick C.
        Are you challenged mentally or did you actually read the summary?
          Rick C.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dan Nunn
          Yes I did. How long before someone tries reading one while driving and causes a pile up? Start the clock.
      to your email L
      • 1 Year Ago
      Gawd I hope it's not seen by the driver while car is moving. C'mon this is a STUPID IDEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      50 Shades of Gray and heavy traffic. Better watch out! You think texting is bad...
      FIDTRO
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think Amazon should be focussing more on whether or not WE'RE looking to bring Kindle to our next cars. Stupid idea.
      lthrnck68
      • 1 Year Ago
      Something else to not buy.
      Tistyen
      • 1 Year Ago
      Actually, if they restrict it to the audio, it makes sense. I download audiobooks to my iPod and listen to them in my car on my commute. It's the only thing that keeps me from road rage. As long as you keep to things you don't have to concentrate on, there's no problem. There's no way I would do this with a textbook or try to learn a language or something while driving.
      GeeDavy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Where did they find that Kindle, 2007?
      diffrunt
      • 1 Year Ago
      The trend of increasing driver distraction is going to take a big bite out of all the automakers differentials.
      ruleb15
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why is there a Buick ad on the Kindle when the article is discussing Ford. Threw me for a loop there.
        ruleb15
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ruleb15
        Good god, I hit enter before checking my grammar. Major punctuation fail here.
      Buckingham's
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'll NEVER let Kindle Jenner ride in MY truck!
      mamoseley3
      • 1 Year Ago
      We don't need any more distractions in our vehicles. Cell phones have caused the deaths of too many people -- both innocent ones and those who were the perpretators. Young people are not responsible enough to know not to use these instruments when they are driving. PLEASE protect the innocent and NOT put any more distractions in cars and trucks. If you do, YOU will be held responsible for the tragedies that are caused by them.
      Jondaman
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope my next car drives itself. Otherwise, keep this stupid idea off my car. :D
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