Posts Tagged ‘Sync’

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 […]

LaHood Still Looking at Cell Jamming Technology for Cars

Ray LaHood has once again shown a tendency to want to completely block technology in the car. “There’s a lot of technology out there now that can disable phones and we’re looking at that,” Raymond LaHood, the Secretary of Transportation said during a discussion during MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” This will never happen. Ever.  There are to […]

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 […]

Where Do Kids Fit Into Telematics Strategies?

Where do kids fall into the world of in-car apps? In the April 2010 edition of Fast Company Anya Kamenetz talks about how technology is impacting childhood creativity and the way kids learn.  It’s a great read and you should definitely click through the link at the bottom, but first I want to talk about […]

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 […]

Smartphones and Embedded Systems

We know that apps are coming to the car and that movement is no doubt led by smartphones like the iPhone and Nexus One.  Over at Telematics Update Andrew Tolve discusses, ‘The Smartphone: Friend or Foe of In-car Infotainment?” My take away from the article is that the answer is, it’s both…and I would tend […]

Hacker Uses Telematics System for Revenge

Alright, that headline is a bit much… It’s true though and re-raises some security concerns… Apparently Omar Ramos-Lopez, 20, was laid off from the Texas Auto Center and decided he’d use a telematics system installed on some cars sold at that auto center to be very annoying. He used the system to activate the horns […]

Challenges with Telematics Adoption

We’ve previously discussed some issues with the telematics business case and while its clear to many that the market is there someone does have to make the numbers work before any feature can be broadly adopted. On Telematics Update, Andrew Tolve highlights that CES this year marked the first time OEMs were perceived to be […]

The App is the Future of Telematics

For a long time the biggest problem with connected mobile applications has been the ‘connected’ part.  The mobile web has existed for many years, but only since the broad adoption of 3G has a true mobile web emerged. In fact, things aren’t really even about the mobile web anymore, it’s an almost antiquated concept.  With […]

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 […]

Will Toyota’s Issues Shine Spotlight on All In-Car Electronics?

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Yesterday I spent some time listening to Ray Lahood be questioned in the Senate hearings over Toyota. Today I’m listening to the Toyota executives.  It’s pretty clear that this is not good for Toyota, but what the future holds nobody knows. The responses across the board are basically, We’ll start doing everything we weren’t doing.  […]

Product Spotlight: Airbiquity aqLink

So, you know that Ford Sync uses your bluetooth phone to connect to the outside world and deliver services from safety and security to infotainment.  What you may not know is that all that data is being transferred over the voice network, not the data. The Ford Sync system uses Airbiquity’s aqLink product to deliver […]

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 […]

Convergence is King

Convergence is king and that is no secret.  Driven by lower cost hardware, greater wireless bandwidth and coverage,  and increased consumer demand to stay connected, the world of consumer electronics is being led by the convergence of technologies.  Phones with live content, TVs with widgets, and of course, Google with everything. At first this trend […]

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 […]

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