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Ford Seeking to Add Smartphone Apps to SYNC

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Oct 8, 2010, 11:55 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

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.

more info at Ford Motor Company »

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bob a

Oct 9, 2010, 11:42 AM

how long till these things are outlawed?

it's not ok to even touch your phone while you're driving but it's ok to have a pc on your dashboard?
how do they figure that?
you can't be distracted while focusing on a 7" screen on your dash..? please
30 seconds to push a button on the dash or a 20 minute phone call....which presents a greater distraction?

As far as it goes, I don't see this causing any worse distraction than a car radio.
The only thing that Forsync requieres you to touch is the steering wheel buttons to activate the system, so you really dont even need to look at you dash screen.
 
 
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