Ford Adds Destinations Application to Sync
In its three-plus years since its debut, Ford's Sync infotainment system has continued to evolve, keeping the automaker at the forefront of in-car technology. Today, Ford announced its Sync Destinations application that provides detailed route information to users of the system.
Owners of 2010 and 2011 Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles equipped with traffic, directions, and information-enabled Sync systems, can now download the automaker's new Sync Destinations application. Available for Android, iPhone, and iPads, the new software utilizes the data and location service capabilities of the devices to help drivers plan ahead for upcoming trips.
Once a destination has been selected, users are given route information including current traffic conditions as well as future traffic pattern predictions based on historic data. With data provided by INRIX, the app has access to real-time traffic speeds and accident information for 126 cities in the United States. Forecasts present users with expected travel times over the course of a day, allowing them to plan their day around traffic patterns. Recommended departure times are also provided for those with flexible schedules.
Once signed into the service, users have access to their previously stored data within their Sync accounts. The application offers the availability to save up to 25 destinations, which can be added from their smartphone or iPad (a computer was previously required for the task). Ford notes a Blackberry version is in the works and will be available soon, though no mention of a Windows Mobile version was made.
Built into the software, the Destinations application is unable to be used at speeds exceeding 5 mph. Although available now, Ford will officially unveil the application next week at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where CEO Alan Mulally will deliver a keynote speech.