I’ve been talking on my TWiT.tv netcasts about some of the amazing technologies Ford has been bringing to its vehicles. Recently I had an opportunity to speak with Jim Buczkowski of the Ford technologies group to find out what’s coming up next in tech for Ford. Here’s what I learned.
We know SYNC® enables drivers to access information and entertainment services with simple voice commands so we can keep our hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.1 As the mobile app market has exploded, SYNC AppLinkTM has enabled Ford to bring some great apps for drivers into its vehicles in a seamless experience.2
Pulling more and more data in from the cloud, it will be exciting to see how these apps integrate into the SYNC platform and enhance the Ford driving experience.
Beyond apps, Ford is collecting data from the vehicle itself to help drivers in new ways. For example, imagine the improvements that could come from a Lane Keeping system made possible by onboard cameras.
It’s great to know Ford is staying on top of new technologies and thinking smartly about how to take advantage of them to improve the overall driving experience. For the last three years, I’ve been enjoying the incredible SYNC system in my Mustang, and I can’t wait to try out the new Focus Electric later in 2012.
Leo Laporte has worked as an author, speaker, and broadcaster in New Haven, Monterey, San Jose, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, most recently focusing on technology coverage for radio, television and the Internet.
1) Driving while distracted can result in loss of vehicle control. Only use SYNC/MyFord Touch/other devices, even with voice commands, when it is safe to do so. Some features may be locked out while the vehicle is in gear. Not all features are compatible with all phones. SYNC is available on select Ford and Lincoln vehicles.
2) SYNC AppLink is available on select models and compatible with select smartphone platform. Commands may vary by phone and AppLink software.