Ford Developing Sync Applink Mobile Software for Voice Controls in Car
To be launched with 2011 Fiesta, Ford is currently working on its new SYNC Applink software for Android and Blackberry smartphones to allow integration of your smartphones’ applications with your car. Software developers can also create Sync-enabled applications to expand the functionality. Pandora internet radio, Stitcher “smart radio” and Orangatame’s OpenBeak for Twitter are the first SYNC-enabled mobile applications when launches. The new SYNC AppLink will seamlessly integrate apps using the vehicle’s voice and user interface controls, including buttons on the steering wheel, increasing eyes-on-the-road and hands-on-the-wheel time.
“The growth in smartphone mobile apps has been explosive, and Ford has worked hard to respond at the speed of the consumer electronics market,” said Doug VanDagens, director of Ford’s Connected Services Organization. “SYNC is the only connectivity system available that can extend that functionality into the car. AppLink will allow drivers to control some of the most popular apps through SYNC’s voice commands and steering wheel buttons, helping drivers keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.”
If you are a software developer and would like to Sync-enabled your apps, the company has created a developer network on its SYNCmyride Web site (www.syncmyride.com/developer) for you. Latest SYNC application programming interface (API) and software development kit (SDK) is available to modify your applications and interface with SYNC. Check out few demonstration videos below.
SYNC AppLink and the New 2011 Ford Fiesta
Ford SYNC and Pandora
Ford SYNC and Stitcher
Ford SNYC and OpenBeak