Personal perspectives on information science, the evolving Internet, delivery of public services online, Web 2.0, the Web of Data, the Semantic Web, communities, folksonomies and more. With an emphasis upon convergence between some or all of the above, and a UK slant.
Having discovered that blog posts here attract more comments and offline follow-up when they're about cars, here's another one.
About six months ago, I contacted my localAudidealer to ask about the availability of live traffic data for theSatNavunit built into my car. Living on the east coast of England, I know thatthe capabilityis incorporated into my car and functional, as the map occasionally detects congestion and accidents for me... over the water in the Netherlands!
I was told at the time that the necessary software update to decode the equivalent signals in the UK was unavailable.
However, yesterday, I received an email from my Audi dealer. The update is now available, and it would appear to be free until June.
I'm impressed; the dealer had the presence of mind and infrastructure to log and track my interest over months, and to follow up with me when circumstances changed.Andthey're not ripping me off with the update.
It is a shame, of course, that I had to wait until 2007 to gain functionality from my car's manufacturer thatanyonecan get for themselves by popping down to somewhere likeHalfordsandbuying a hand held SatNav unit. But that's another story.