BERLIN, Germany – Ford has announced a range of new apps that will enable drivers to ask for directions on the move and even find hotels and parking spaces through Ford SYNC with AppLink.
TomTom navigation and room booking service Hotels.com are among the companies to integrate apps into Ford SYNC with AppLink, which enables drivers to voice-activate apps from behind the wheel. Ford also announced today at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, that the system will offer apps from Audioteka, DIE WELT, ADAC, Eventseeker and Cityseeker by Wcities as well as Autoread and AskWiki apps from Deutsche Telekom Innovation Laboratories.
The new apps increase a line-up that already includes leading music streaming service Spotify; the Kaliki audio newsstand app; Glympse, which allows Ford drivers to share their location with family and friends through voice control; and Aha, which uses the cloud to safely enable Internet-based entertainment and information.
“Ford SYNC AppLink delivers exciting capability for drivers integrating their devices and apps they know and love into their car,” said Ed Pleet, director, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Africa Connected Services. “Drivers will soon be able to control music, information and audiobooks; voice-activate navigation, find parking spaces and even reserve hotel rooms on their way to their destination all while keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.”
The new Ford EcoSport SUV will be among the first Ford vehicles in Europe to offer Ford SYNC with AppLink following a successful launch in North America, where more than one million Ford vehicles are already equipped with the system.
The new apps announced at IFA, which drivers will be able voice-activate while on the move are:
- TomTom – offering voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation that’s trusted by 70 million drivers. The app gives access to the same Offline Maps, technology and world-class traffic information as on TomTom’s GPS devices
- Audioteka – enabling users to download and listen to audiobooks from a “virtual shelf” on the move. Users can select an audiobook to listen to, skip forward and back, and set bookmarks from the dashboard
- DIE WELT– offering read-aloud content from the German daily national newspaper: seven days a week, 365 days a year. Editors will pick the most relevant news from politics, business, sports, opinion and culture so users can listen to their newspaper
- ADAC – offering the ability to locate available parking spaces in real-time and providing directions back to the car from Germany and Europe’s largest automobile club with more than 18.7 million members
- Hotels.com – enabling booking of rooms in more than 220,000 hotels worldwide. The app allows drivers to find local hotels and directly connect to the reservation office
- Cityseeker by Wcities – delivering comprehensive city guides. Offers the ability to search points-of-interest by theme, lifestyle, location and activate GPS city tours.
- Eventseeker by Wcities – users will be able to get up-to-the-minute event information and search by events, location, and category. Personalised and recommended events are also provided to the end user based on their likes and interests
- Deutsche Telekom Innovation Laboratories Autoread – able to stream podcasts and read-aloud text messages, e-mails and news on demand
- Deutsche Telekom Innovation Laboratories AskWiki – delivering information on-demand using Google Speech Recognizer technology and database of online encyclopaedia, Wikipedia, to answer questions