Ford Seeking to Add Smartphone Apps to SYNC
Ford today announced that it is working with developers to bring smartphone applications to the dashboards of its cars via its SYNC technology. It is making a software development kit (SDK) and application programming interfaces (APIs) available to developers so they can modify existing apps to work hands-free using voice recognition through Ford SYNC. Ford believes this will lead to safer driving. Ford is initially targeting applications such as news, weather, entertainment, location-based services, financial and scheduling services. Ford also announced that it has adopted the Message Access Profile (MAP) Bluetooth profile, which will allow Ford's SYNC-equipped cars to read incoming text messages and emails aloud to drivers. Drivers will also be able to dictate messages, though they will be limited to 15 preset responses.
Audi and Volvo to Adopt Android Auto
Google today said carmakers Audi and Volvo plan to build Android Auto into their next generation of cars. The companies already offer limited support for the platform in select cars.
Ford to Add Apple's Siri to 5 Million Cars
Ford today said it plans to offer Siri Eyes Free as a user-downloadable update to some 5 million SYNC-equipped cars. Siri Eyes Free will let iPhone-owning drivers press a button to activate Siri, which can then respond to voice requests.
Ford to Add AT&T LTE to 10 Million Cars
Ford today said it plans to bring connectivity to a large percentage of its cars over the next few years. The company will add its Sync Connect feature to as many as 10 million Ford cars by 2020.
Volvo, Kenwood Rev Up Android Auto with New Integrations
Support for Google's Android Auto expanded this week thanks to new efforts taken by Volvo and Kenwood. Volvo plans to adopt Android Auto within its infotainment center.
Ford to Add Android Auto, CarPlay to All 2017 Models
Ford today said it will push its Sync 3 connectivity platform, with support for Android Auto and CarPlay, across its entire lineup of 2017 vehicles. Sync 3 relies on new hardware and software that Ford says is faster and better able to connect to smartphones thanks to more conversational voice recognition.
how long till these things are outlawed?
how do they figure that?
you can't be distracted while focusing on a 7" screen on your dash..? please
As far as it goes, I don't see this causing any worse distraction than a car radio.