Ford puts Sync Applink into more vehiclesWed, 22 Jun 2011 00:00:00 -0700
Ford is expanding its Sync Applink technology, adding it to several 2012 models that will start arriving in dealerships late this summer.
Sync Applink, which debuted on the 2012 Ford Mustang earlier this year, enables drivers to access their smartphone apps via Sync's voice controls.
Applink will be included in the Sync package, which is an extra-cost option on many Ford vehicles. Sync is included as standard equipment on some more expensive trim levels.
Ford said Sync Applink will be available on 2012 models of the:
-- Ford Fusion and Fusion hybrid
-- Ford Fiesta
-- Ford F-150 and F-150 SVT Raptor
-- Ford F-series Super Duty
-- Ford Expedition
-- Ford E-series van
-- Ford Shelby GT500
According to a 2011 J. D. Power and Associates study, 86 percent of smartphone owners use their devices while in the car. A 2010 Nationwide Mutual Insurance study found that more than one in four Americans use their smartphone apps while driving.
Continuing to find ways to further integrate smartphone apps into the driving experience, Ford is planning to grow its Connected Services Solutions Division, responsible for developing in-car connectivity, by a factor of four over the next four years.
Current Sync-enabled apps include Pandora and Stitcher Internet radio apps and OpenBeak, which helps clients post to Twitter from mobile devices.
By Julie Alvin