By Jan Stojaspal, Telematics Update
The Internet radio service Pandora said it has increased its automotive footprint via a new relationship with Scion and an expansion of its relationship with Ford Motor Company where the service will be available in 10 Ford vehicles and two Lincoln vehicles.
Ford said it will launch SYNC® AppLink, a downloadable software program, on the 2011 Fiesta later this year, allowing owners to access and control Android(TM) and BlackBerry® smartphone apps with voice commands and vehicle controls. Ford will introduce AppLink on most SYNC-equipped vehicles next year, as well as provide interoperability with other smartphones.
Ford said Orangatame’s OpenBeak (formerly TwitterBerry), Pandora, and Stitcher are the first partners to enable their apps to be controlled in the car by SYNC using the new application programming interface (API) in the SYNC software development kit.