Ford announces that most 2012 models will have the technology in conjunction with Bluetooth™, wherein your car will read your text messages and allow you to send a return message.  The driver will choose one of several pre-written messages and this will all be done hands free. 
Texting while driving has become a leading cause of accidents nationwide.  In fact, it is the leading cause of accidents for young drivers.  Many states are responding with bans.  
Ten states, plus the District of Columbia, ban the use of hand held cell phones for all drivers.  Thirty states place restrictions of young drivers.  Thirty four states, plus the District, have banned outright, texting while driving. 
As this problem persists look for more auto manufacturers to follow Ford and BMW (has already begun installing the technology) by integrating the new technology into their new cars.