Mobile Apps for your car: Ford's on it
Aside from turn-by-turn navigation, vehicle health reports, and voice commands up the wazoo, I was excited to hear about Ford's initiative to help mobile app developers develop apps to work with the Sync platform. An example is controlling Pandora Internet Radio with the stereo and your voice via your phone. Hard to explain, but the gist of the set-up is developing mobile apps (iPhone, Android, Blackberry, etc) to work with Sync equipped Fords.
Imagine using steering wheel controls and voice commands to advance tracks, thumbs-up or down songs, and change stations with Pandora. Or, having your twitter feed read to you by the nice Sync lady, and you being able to respond with your voice. Much like mobile phone applications, the sky's the limit for app development for future Sync. The idea is to let drivers do all of the distracting, dangerous, and many times illegal things they do with their smart phones, in a less distracting, dangerous and legal way.
Allen Stern of InformationWeek had the chance to sit down with someone from Ford for a demo of this new technology, and it's enough to make anyone who uses a Smartphone in their car want to head to a Ford showroom. Hit the jump for a video.