How SYNC Destinations Can Help You Get Where You Want to Go

One of the many new features introduced by Ford at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was an updated version of its SYNC® Destinations smartphone app that is now compatible with SYNC AppLink™ for in-car voice-activated control.

To help show how SYNC Destinations can help you get where you want to go, we asked David Gersabeck, Product Manager for SYNC Services, to give us a demonstration at the show.

SYNC Destinations is a free mobile app for SYNC Services users, giving Ford vehicle owners the ability to easily send destinations to their vehicle using their smartphone.

It is one of five new apps Ford announced and demonstrated at the 2012 International CES. Click here to see all of the Ford stories form the show.

With the addition of Ford SYNC AppLink support, the app enables drivers to use simple voice commands to get on-the-go traffic reports to any of their favorite destination points. Users can report traffic incidents to share with the entire SYNC Destinations community, get to-the-minute incident reports, and leverage their smartphone’s data network to download turn-by-turn directions and destinations directly to their vehicle.

With the first version of SYNC Destinations, Ford owners had the capability to get on-the-go access to their cloud-based SYNC Services account. Drivers could add, save and manage destinations or Saved Points like they do using Locations added using SYNC Destinations were easily accessible through SYNC Services in the vehicle.

The new version of SYNC Destinations takes the experience to the next level. Now the SYNC Destinations app combines with SYNC AppLink to leverage the power of the smartphone’s data connection to download directions into the vehicle using simple voice commands. Users can also access traffic/incident reports while keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.

Users simply speak the commands “Mobile Apps,” “SYNC Destinations,” followed by “Traffic to” and the name of a saved destination to instantly get the fastest route to their destination. The command, “Directions,” followed by the name of a saved destination enables users to download voice-guided turn-by-turn directions into the vehicle.

Drivers also can use the SYNC Destinations app’s community reporting feature to “Report an accident” to other fellow SYNC Services drivers to forewarn them of potential traffic delays.

Ford vehicle owners who do not have AppLink can still download the new version of SYNC Destinations and enjoy the following new features:

  • Access real-time traffic information and incident reports covering every major interstate, highway, arterial and city street in North America
  • Gather reliable traffic forecasts that cut travel times and save money by consuming less fuel
  • Get comparative traffic reports delivering fast insight into which roads are better or worse than normal for that time of day
  • View previously unsaved destinations and convert them into a Saved Point
  • Access alternate route options to any Saved Points
  • Leverage international language support for Spanish, French, German, Italian, Hungarian and Dutch
  • Send a destination to the vehicle using the “Send to SYNC” feature via a smartphone. Directions for this destination can then be downloaded by using SYNC Services. Previously, users could only utilize Send to SYNC from their computer or laptop using Mapquest and Google

This new version of SYNC Destinations continues to be a free download for SYNC Services users and will be available for iPhone owners via the iTunes App Store. Owners with active SYNC Services accounts can download and use this app. This version of SYNC Destinations will also be made available for BlackBerry and Android users in the first quarter of 2012.

SYNC Destinations now joins the growing SYNC AppLink ecosystem of mobile apps including Pandora, Stitcher, Slacker Radio and OpenBeak. SYNC AppLink is available on 10 vehicles for 2012.

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Rob Bring it to Canada!
1 year(s) ago via
cr5840 I would love to use this service however because I live in Canada it is not available to me. Thanks Ford - maybe time to remedy this?
2 year(s) ago via
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2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Rebecca At Ford @Jasen - Are you referring to the Performance Upgrade for MyFord Touch? If so, that will be released concurrent with the launch of the 2013 Taurus, this spring. @Guisun - SYNC Destinations works in conjuction with your active SYNC Services account. Any SYNC Services equipped vehicle can make use of your Destinations mobile application :) @Joe - Feel free to send me a message with your VIN and the details so I can have you with your iPhone issues! Rebecca, In-Vehicle Technology Team
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Ann Marie Simmons Love the SYNC innovation!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
This appears really nice... Just frustrating that Ford is not making any of these cool Sync Services for Canadian customers!
2 year(s) ago via
Susan Grubbs When it chooses to work!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Thoroughbred Ford This App just keeps getting better
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Joe Lipani Yeah I would love my Ford Sync system better IF it did not have so many iPhone issues!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Marsha Burns Greenwood Hey I love my Sync system. Especially hands free phone calls! It also has helped me locate a lot of addresses. Especially great when u r out of town and looking for your favorite restaurant!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Guisun Han Question for SYNC destinations? Is it possible to use SYNC destinations on other Ford SUVs(i.e. Escape, Lincoln and others)?
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jasen Shirley When is the sync update coming out. It's great when it works but VERY PAINFUL when it doesn't.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
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