Archive for the ‘Ford Sync / Touch’ Category

Ford Sync Fact Sheet

Download the Ford Sync Fact Sheet PDF 1-Pager or read it all below. Overview Ford SYNC®, co-developed with Microsoft and using Nuance Communications voice recognition technology, allows customers to bring digital media players and Bluetooth®-enabled mobile phones into their vehicles and operate the devices via voice commands or with the steering wheel’s redundant audio controls. SYNC is an agnostic […]

Ford Sync Release AppLink to 2011 Fiesta; Apple iPhone Supported

At the recent Content and Apps for Automotive Conference (by Telematics Update), we talked a lot of about voice controls and the important role they will play in creating a safe and usable in-car infotainment experience.  A lot of the major products out there already feature voice controls of some sort, but today Ford announced the availability […]

Ford Announces AppLink

Today, Ford announced AppLink, the in-car application that will reside on the Sync system and enable developers to take advantage of voice and hard-button controls to interact with applications on Android and Blackberry smartphones. We’ve already covered the Sync Apps and APIs extensively so click through to the original post to read more. You can […]

Ford Sync Has The Lead, Will It Hold On To It?

It’s a new foundation for the ultimate mobile device. The automobile will never be the same. As the mobile web (i.e. sites specifically designed to be viewed on mobile devices) is being replaced by mobile apps and sites that are dual purpose (i.e. the standard site can be viewed reliably in a mobile browser) Google […]

Ford Sync Feature Spotlight: Security

Convergence is awesome and our smartphones are becoming more and more the central hub of our technology ecosystem (particularly the mobile ecosystem).  That being said, I’ve always wondered how far we can go with convergence before losing my phone becomes a bigger problem then not being able to access x or y through my phone […]

Ford Sync Feature Spotlight: API and Apps (aka AppLink)

Update: Ford has announced the AppLink downloadable program which will be the in-vehicle application that manages the functionality discussed in this post.  It will be available first on the 2011 Ford Fiesta and will allow integration with Android and Blackberry apps. We’ve talked about the importance of apps in the future of the telematics landscape […]

Product Spotlight: Airbiquity VIAaq

VIAaq is the other half of the service delivery infrastructure Airbiquity offers.  Yesterday we talked about Airbiquity’s aqLink data-over-voice in-band software modem and the strengths and weaknesses associated with the technology.  Today we’re discussing the other half of Airbiquity’s service delivery infrastructure, a Managed Data Services Platform, VIAaq. VIAaq is a connected services solution used […]

PopSci Takes Notice of a Telematics Trend

PopSci.com has put out a quick hit post highlighting the trend in automotive to integrate the smartphone and the vehicle.  A trend that we’ve talked about extensively here at inTELEMATICStoday.com. Click through for a quick hit on mBrace, Sync and OnStar. via [@connectedcar] via [popsci]

Sync Named Top 10 Most Innovative Mobile Tech

Ford has been named one of Fast Company’s top 10 most innovative companies in mobile tech for the MyFord Touch infotainment and telematics system.  At #5 on the list Ford is the first and only automotive company to make it and is wedged nicely between hardware supplier HTC and web company Evernote (worth noting that […]

MyFord Touch Feature Spotlight: Navigation

Ford’s announcement that navigation features will come standard as part of the MyFord and Sync packages marks the first real foray by an OEM into the world of low cost navigation solutions. We’ve already discussed the Traffic, Directions and Information feature so today we’re focusing on the MyFord system which includes the more traditional method […]

MyFord Touch Feature Spotlight: Voice Controls

Everyone is scrambling to get voice controls squared away… They have been for many years and will be for years to come. At CES 2010 this year Ford announced an upgrade to their voice control system powered by Nuance Communications.  The updates will be launched with the MyFord Touch system in 2010.  The refined voice […]

Ford Sync Feature Spotlight: Send-to-SYNC

The Ford Sync Send-to-SYNC feature is another basic but value add feature of the system.  By allowing users to visit MapQuest.com and send destination to the vehicle Ford has enabled another integration point for users to connect their regular web browsing with the vehicle.  This type of feature has existed in the marketplace for many […]

Ford Sync Feature Spotlight: 911 Assist + Vehicle Health Reports

There are many systems out there that enable in-vehicle safety and security features.  OnStar, Safety Connect, Tele-Aid to name a few… These systems are generally expensive options and require monthly fees, but offer advanced features, embedded mobile wireless and call center support. Ford Sync offers, amongst other features (also discussed on this site), 911 assist […]

Ford Sync Feature Spotlight: Traffic, Directions and Information (TDI)

Ford recently announced a the new Traffic, Directions and Information (TDI) app for the Ford Sync system. From Ford’s Press Release: SYNC TDI leverages a customer’s existing mobile phone; includes an integrated GPS receiver to connect customers to real-time turn-by-turn driving directions, traffic reports and business searches; offers extra features and applications such as favorite […]

Ford Sync Feature Spotlight: Service Delivery Network

Ford has launched their Service Delivery Network (SDN) to provide real-time access to information in a flexible, integrated, and affordable solution.  The system gives Ford Sync users access to voice-activated turn-by-turn directions, traffic, business, news, sports and weather information without the high hardware and subscription costs of many telematics solutions. The latest and greatest in […]

Ford Sync Feature Spotlight: HD Radio with iTunes Tagging

At CES this year Ford announced the first OEM HD Radio with iTunes Tagging (amongst a million other things).  Ford is continuing to squeeze new technologies into the car and the introduction of HD Radio adds to an already packed technology suite (i.e. standard AM/FM radio, satellite radio, and Bluetooth audio streaming). Now if you […]

Ford Sync Feature Spotlight: WiFi And Mobile Hotspot In The Car

The new MyFord Touch driver technology features a built-in WiFi receiver, built in browser, and support for USB broadband modems. WiFi Receiver The Wi-Fi receiver allows your vehicle, when parked, to connect to Wi-Fi hotspots within range, and to enable the built-in browser (accessed using the system’s 8″ touch screen).  This means each equipped vehicle […]

Ford Sync – The Basics

What is Sync? Launched in 2007 and based on Microsoft’s Auto OS is a factory installed system ($395) designed to streamline the integration of cell phones and media players into the vehicle.  Sync primarily utilizes USB and Bluetooth to connect devices to the system and allow voice controls of the attached devices. The Sync team […]

Ford Launches MyFord Touch – Next generation of in-vehicle connectivity

At CES this year Alan Mulally took his opportunity as they keynote speaker to spend almost two hours talking about Ford and a good bit of that talking about Ford Sync and the new MyFord Touch. It’s an impressive system that makes use of 2 4.2” full-color LCDs, an 8-inch LCD, WiFi capabilities, navigation and […]

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