Ford to Integrate Their Cars with New Smart Phone Apps

8 January 2013
Ben Logan

Author: Ben Logan

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Car manufacturer Ford is taking further steps to integrate modern smartphones with their vehicles using a new SYNC AppLink developer program.

The system, which was initially launched in 2007, allowed for the voice control of digital music players in their vehicles – Ford are now looking to increase the functionality of the concept.

Speaking on behalf of the company, a representative commented: “Offering voice control so drivers can keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road has proven to be popular with our customers. Now, with an even faster adoption rate of smartphones, there is a need for a renewed focus on voice control for the unique capabilities of these devices, especially for the use of apps.”

Already announced are AppLink apps from Amazon, Aha Radio and Becouply, with the manufacturer keen to encourage third party development so they are offering developers the chance to experiment with DIY projects in Ford Vehicles.

Ford have been using Windows with MyTouch as a user interface for some time now, so it will be interesting to see what lessons they have learnt when it comes to developing their own usability standards.

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