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Ford adds SYNC AppLink to ten more 2012 models

updated 07:50 am EDT, Wed June 22, 2011

Ford SYNC AppLink gains momentum

Ford has added its SYNC AppLink connectivity technology to ten more vehicles in its range for the 2012 model year. Among the new models to get the technology include the Ford Fusion, Fiesta, F-150, Super Duty, Expedition, E-Series, Shelby GT500 and the Ford Mustang. The Microsoft-developed AppLink software connects smartphones with Ford's SYNC in-vehicle information and entertainment system. It is designed to reduce driver distraction by allowing users to control their smartphone apps from the vehicle's steering wheel controls and by voice commands.

"We understand more and more drivers are using their devices and their apps while in the car," said Doug VanDagens, director of Ford Connected Services Solutions. "Ford SYNC with AppLink gives customers a smarter way to access their apps...that keeps their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road."

A recently released J.D. Power and Associates 2011 U.S. Automotive Emerging Technologies Study shows that 86 percent of smartphone owners indicate they use their device while in their vehicles. Further, a Nationwide Mutual Insurance 2010 study suggests that more than one in four Americans who download smartphone apps admit to using those apps while driving.

Ford SYNC-enabled smartphone apps include Pandora, Stitcher and OpenBeak. Supported platforms include Apple iOS, Android and BlackBerry devices. Additionally, over 2500 developers are also currently looking to develop SYNC-enabled smartphone apps.

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  1. DeepDish

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    Joined: May 2001


    Sync drives me crazy

    SYNC is a nightmare. It crashes on me. There is a delay from when I tell it to change something on the steering wheel controls and it actually happens. Sometimes up to a couple of minutes. I keep pressing changes then they all happen at once. It literally crashes. The screen goes blank for a while then the Microsoft logo comes up and it says it's doing schedule system maintenance.

    It constantly loses the bluetooth connection with my iPhone. I have been googling my different problems and have now been forced to pull fuse (#24 I think) for a couple of minutes then reinsert it back in to get my SYNC to reset so my iPhone will work with it again.

    When it works, it works pretty good. When it doesn't, nightmare. Plus whenever I watch a Ford commercial on TV and they are demonstrating cool SYNC features I laugh.

    OK, I feel better now. Thank you for letting me rant.

  1. msuper69

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    Joined: Jan 2000


    Windows OS in my car?

    Not anytime soon. Yech!

  1. Athens

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    Joined: Jan 2003


    Sync is a pain in the a**

    Like DeepDish said, the dam thing is a pain in the a** to use. It works good enough and the concept is great but like a typical MS product buggy as h***. Now I have not seen the Microsoft logo on it yet or doing maintenance but its voice abilities get things wrong alot. The builtin iphone speech system is 10x more accurate.

  1. Flying Meat

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Jan 2007


    I wonder if there are any accident statistics

    regarding people loosing focus (not an intentional ford pun) on the road, while attempting to get the SYNC software to work.

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