Ford's Send to Sync service adds Google Maps
Ford Motor Company announced the addition of Google Maps to its Send to Sync service, enabling Ford, Lincoln or Mercury owners to access travel information via the automaker's cloud-based Sync Traffic, Directions & Information app. According to Ford, Send to Sync is part of its Ford Service Delivery Network, a suite of voice-activated solutions accessible through a customer's mobile device--the services leverage the vehicle's integrated GPS receiver to deliver location-based tools like driving directions and business searches as well as on-demand information including horoscopes, news, movie listings and stock quotes. With the integration of Google Maps, drivers can now send a selected destination to their vehicle--the optimal route is calculated according to the latest traffic data, downloaded to the auto and navigation guidance begins.
The free Send to Sync services launches later this month. In late April, Ford announced the introduction of Sync AppLink, a downloadable software program enabling auto owners to access Android and BlackBerry smartphone applications via voice commands and vehicle controls. Debuting in association with the 2011 Ford Fiesta, Sync AppLink promises to seamlessly integrate apps with the driver experience, improving eyes-on-the-road and hands-on-the-wheel time; the first wave of Sync-enabled apps, available later this year, includes Pandora web radio, Stitcher "smart radio" and Orangatame's OpenBeak app for Twitter.
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