Ford intros SYNC Destinations mobile app for Apple and Android Users

Trevor Hofmann - CAP staff
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With Ford's proprietary MyFord Touch infotainment system spreading across its lineup, it was only a matter of time before a remote app added greater accessibility from outside the car.

Available as a free download for Apple (iPhone, iPad) and Android users (a Blackberry app is on the way), SYNC Destinations lets customers that already have a SYNC TDI (Traffic, Directions and Information) system search and save info via their cloud-based SYNC Services account on before getting into their cars, and better yet, thanks to Ford's information supplier INRIX that monitors "real-time traffic information and reliable traffic forecasts," its "Predictive Traffic" capability will assess the best times to travel based on route-specific traffic information in order to streamline the drive.

"SYNC Destinations leverages the power of your smartphone to manage a user's SYNC Services account and to plan ahead, sending destination locations to your car, and knowing what's happening on the road ahead of you before you even get behind the wheel," said Dave Gersabeck, SYNC TDI product manager.

Making commutes easier, SYNC TDI users can access up to 25 Saved Points (addresses) to figure out optimal travel times before getting into their cars, while turn-by-turn instructions will guide the driver to the chosen destination.

"With SYNC Destinations, you can be standing in line for a coffee, making impromptu plans with a friend or sitting at the ballgame, and conveniently add a new address to your Saved Points – without ever stopping to log into your account at a personal computer," added Gersabeck.

The app works in 126 metropolitan areas across North America and features traffic maps with real-time speed, accident and incident information for all major routes.

Those concerned with the safety of using a smartphone while driving can rest assured that SYNC Destinations automatically stops working once it detects that the car it's inside is traveling over 8 km/h (5 mph).

The new SYNC Destinations mobile app will officially debut at the Pepcom Digital Experience media event in Las Vegas on January 5th and then at the 2011 International CES consumer technology trade show in Las Vegas between January 6th and 9th, at which point Ford will offer demos to show-goers.
©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Ford, MyFord Touch, Ford Sync, MyLincoln Touch, SYNC Destinations,

Organizations: Apple

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