Control Mobile Apps With Your Voice for Safer Driving

By Ford Social Member

No matter how much the powers that be want people to do nothing but drive while driving, that day isn’t going to come. Driving is a lifestyle that goes beyond which vehicle type suits our needs and the color it must be – it's also about the mood and ambiance set for drivers and occupants while on the journey. Part of that means having radio, music and a connection to life outside the vehicle. Ford has aimed to make the driving experience both enjoyable and safe. One way is through SYNC® technology, which allows you to use simple voice commands to control features of your radio and your phone, so your hands stay on the wheel and you don’t have to look away from the road.

And it’s already moving to the next level: SYNC AppLink™ is a program that will allow you to use your favorite apps through voice commands and buttons on your steering wheel, including Pandora® Internet radio. Ford has made AppLink available as a downloadable software update for the SYNC-equipped 2011 Fiesta, and it comes factory-installed in the 2012 Fiesta, Fusion and Mustang as well as the Lincoln MKZ. For those of you with a 2012 Expedition, Super Duty and Navigator, it’s coming soon; owners of the 2012 F-150 should expect its availability this fall. Supported phones include Android 2.1+, iPhone 3GS with OS 4.1, iPhone 4 with iOS 4.2 and BlackBerry® with the latest available Blackberry OS.

Other mobile apps AppLink brings to SYNC include Stitcher SmartRadio™ and Orangatame OpenBeak.

Here’s how it works in the case of Pandora: Rather than streaming through Bluetooth or having to plug your phone into an auxiliary jack, you push the voice button and ask for “mobile apps,” then say “Pandora.” Speak the name of one of your favorite songs, artists or genres and the radio service will scan its analyzed music to find songs that reflect your taste. Don’t worry, you can still give a song a thumbs-up or thumbs-down, but now it’s verbal.

For Stitcher, you can create an “audio magazine” of your favorite podcasts and radio shows on demand. There are more than 5,000 offerings ranging from news and comedy to sports and talk, from sources such as NPR, CNN and Adam Carolla. Voice commands will instantly play your faves, and you can “stitch” together a customized playlist for seamless listening; ultimately it will become automatic and fresh episodes will be added as they become available.
Glenn Church 07/15/2011
2011 Super Duty AppLink says availability early 2011.....what happened? Is this EVER coming??
Lakisha Canady-Toussaint 07/14/2011
Just make it more blackberry friendly. I'd like to have my text messages read to me. AND can we get an app like the ones Chevy is advertising. If my husband is locked out of the car.......
Rob Ernst 06/28/2011
Any idea when (or if) this will be available for the 2011 Fusion?
Bobbie McKinney 06/24/2011
Why is it not available on the 2012 Focus? I just bought my Titanium Hatchback last weekend!!! If it available on the Fiesta it should be available on the Focus.
ron 06/24/2011
I let my Sirius subscription run out. I now use my HTC EVO to run pandora thru the aux port. Streamig Pandora no problem while driving.
Tim Foster 06/24/2011
@Ford That's great, but when is it going to be available for 2010 Vehicles. I love my sync system and like to use anything that makes my driving safer. If people are spending the extra cash for the Sync system it would be Nice to be able to download this app just like the Destinations app. Please make it an update for 2010 vehicles soon. Thanks Tim
Steve Rulon 06/24/2011
I love my Sync.
Ron Kennedy 06/24/2011
My iPhone voice control works way better then sync. All you need is a regular radio with an auxiliary input. Smartphones do it all
Steve Suter 06/24/2011
Is this going to be added to the 2011 Mustang as well?
Sarah Ewing 06/24/2011
This is fantastic! As long as its blue tooth. Does Ford have stats on how many accidents are caused by people fiddling with their mobile device or radio. I'd love to see how/if that stat decreases.
Bob Long 06/24/2011
That's not any safe. Now folks that don't mess with the phone in the car with think it is safe. More distraction then ever.
Jamie Hart 06/24/2011
What info are you looking for Carlos?? I own a 2012 Focus and work for a Ford dealer.....
Wilona Shideler- Betzen 06/24/2011
I totally LOVE my Sync!!!
Qedrin Booth 06/24/2011
What about my 2011 Fusion?
Herbie Henry 06/24/2011
sync is awesome.. works great with mine and my wifes phones, both androids :)
Carlos Caneda 06/24/2011
Read the article, but no mention of the 2012 Ford Focus?
Carlos C 06/24/2011
What about the 2012 Focus ?
Gary Zavitz 06/24/2011
There's a rumor that Microsoft may bid for Research in Motion (makers of the Blackberry); if true, SYNC & Ford Touch could contain reliable, proven RIM technology in the next few years; the mobile handset market is crowded, but the market for automobile automation & communication is just hitting it's stride now
Jeffery Wayne Adams 06/24/2011
Sync doesn't seem to work very good with my android phone takes several times to connect and it won't connect to the bluetooth audio but I still love my car
Jeff Bryant 06/24/2011
Just got it on my F 150XLT It's cool, just hope it learns to understand me better. Told it to call Mom, it kept calling my buddies mom in my cell. got to try changing some things.
Kevin Palczynski 06/24/2011
Nice. Not that you'll get it right. Embarrassing, as someone who bleeds Blue Oval, to see the JD Powers assessment for Ford quality yesterday and the total panning of Sync and MyTouch technologies. But hey - just sell it. Sell, sell, sell.
Jeffery Wayne Adams 06/24/2011
That's cool but how much is the total electric focus going to be?
Control Mobile Apps With Your Voice for Safer Driving
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