I suspect that you all have heard the OnStar radio commercials, which feature real-time recordings of OnStar subscribers having their car doors unlocked remotely and having OnStar call police in the event of an accident â€œwith air bag deployment.â€ These are compelling stories and effective (I assume) advertisements.
Well, here is a real (Honest injun) story about an OnStar subscriber (or a subscriber to a similar service), whom I know.
This fellow, who we will call â€œPete,â€ is a subscriber. One day he stopped for a rather ample businessmanâ€™s lunch. After leaving the restaurant, he hopped into the car and headed off to his next appointment. Apparently, one of the features of this (or a similar) service is voice-activated-dialing, where, as instructed by a computer-generated voice, the driver speaks the numbers to be dialed, and the software dials the number, hands-free.
So, olâ€™ Pete, quite full from lunch, was cruising down the road, and he decided to check in with his office. He began to slowly and distinctly recite the number to be dialed. â€œNineâ€¦sevenâ€¦three, â€¦fourâ€¦.â€ And, at that moment, the lunch caught up with him and he cut a bone shattering fart BRRRRRAAAAAAACCCCKKKK.
The OnStar electronic voice responded, â€œPardon?â€
Ainâ€™t technology grand?