With the help of its Ford SYNC in-car connectivity system, the American automaker has announced a range of new apps as part of the IFA Consumer Electronics Show in Berlin, Germany.
The all-new Ford AppLink Mobile Applications Catalog is coming to Europe to support the SYNC AppLink feature, the catalogue is an innovative solution that allows smartphone owners to easily identify apps that can be voice-activated using the Ford SYNC in-car connectivity system’s AppLink feature, which enables voice-control of smartphone apps from the driver’s seat. It will filter search results based on the location of the user and will be available in six languages; English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Mandarin.
“With a growing number of new AppLink-enabled apps and the success of the Ford Developer Program, we want to offer an easy way for customers to quickly find AppLink-compatible apps”, said Ed Pleet, director, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Africa Connected Services. “The App Catalog isn’t only going to help customers, it also will help developers maximise the visibility of their AppLink-compatible services – including those developed with the Ford Developer Program.”
Consumers can browse by category and find information on service features, voice commands and even user ratings. Ford has confirmed at IFA that SYNC AppLink partners in Europe will include TomTom navigation, Audioteka audiobooks, Hotels.com hotel information, ADAC parking, Eventseeker and Cityseeker by Wcities, DIE WELT, as well as Deutsche Telekom Innovation Laboratories AutoRead and AskWiki news and information – in addition to previously announced European partners Spotify, Kaliki, Glympse and Aha.