Updated SYNC Destinations app simplifies navigation
Ford SYNC Destinations smartphone app now compatible with SYNC AppLink
Ford is launching the next version of SYNC® Destinations, its free mobile app for SYNC Services users, giving Ford vehicle owners the ability to easily send destinations to their vehicle using their smartphone.
With the addition of Ford SYNC AppLink™ support, the app enables drivers to use simple voice commands to get on-the-go traffic reports to any of their favorite destination points. Users can report traffic incidents to share with the entire SYNC Destinations community, get to-the-minute incident reports, and leverage their smartphone’s data network to download turn-by-turn directions and destinations directly to their vehicle.
“SYNC Destinations is an indispensible tool that cuts travel times and helps Ford owners save money by using less fuel,” said Doug VanDagens, global director of Connected Services, Ford Motor Company. “The app not only makes the SYNC experience better, it makes it easier than ever to navigate with SYNC Services.”
Simplified voice-controlled access via AppLink
With the first version of SYNC Destinations, Ford owners had the capability to get on-the-go access to their cloud-based SYNC Services account. Drivers could add, save and manage destinations or Saved Points like they do using www.syncmyride.com. Locations added using SYNC Destinations were easily accessible through SYNC Services in the vehicle.
Now the SYNC Destinations app combines with SYNC AppLink to leverage the power of the smartphone’s data connection to download directions into the vehicle using simple voice commands. Users can also access traffic/incident reports while keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
Users simply speak the commands “Mobile Apps,” “SYNC Destinations,” followed by “Traffic to” and the name of a saved destination to instantly get the fastest route to their destination. The command, “Directions,” followed by the name of a saved destination enables users to download voice-guided turn-by-turn directions into the vehicle.
Users can say “Incidents around me” to get a report of all known incidents and events around their current location. Drivers can use the SYNC Destinations app’s community reporting feature to “Report an accident” to other fellow SYNC Services drivers to forewarn them of potential traffic delays.
Ford vehicle owners who do not have AppLink can still download the new version of SYNC Destinations and enjoy the following new features:
- Access real-time traffic information and incident reports covering every major interstate, highway, arterial and city street in North America
- Gather reliable traffic forecasts that cut travel times and save money by consuming less fuel
- Get comparative traffic reports delivering fast insight into which roads are better or worse than normal for that time of day
- View previously unsaved destinations and convert them into a Saved Point
- Access alternate route options to any Saved Points
- Leverage international language support for Spanish, French, German, Italian, Hungarian and Dutch
- Send a destination to the vehicle using the “Send to SYNC” feature via a smartphone. Directions for this destination can then be downloaded by using SYNC Services. Previously, users could only utilize Send to SYNC from their computer or laptop using Mapquest and Google
SYNC Destinations and SYNC Services navigation are powered by INRIX’s traffic intelligence platform and community of drivers. INRIX analyzes real-time data from 50 million vehicles and hundreds of public and private sources to provide SYNC owners with voice-controlled access to the latest traffic reports and best routes based on current and expected conditions. INRIX Traffic Forecasts leverages unique analysis of real-time, historical data with analyses of traffic-impacting local events like holidays, weather, concerts and sporting events to deliver insight into what drivers can expect on the roads hours, days and months in advance.
This new version of SYNC Destinations continues to be a free download for SYNC Services users and will be available for iPhone owners via the iTunes App Store. Owners with active SYNC Services accounts can download and use this app. This version of SYNC Destinations will also be made available for BlackBerry and Android users in the first quarter of 2012.
Turn-by-turn directions and destination download features require 2013 model year vehicles equipped with SYNC AppLink. Coming soon: 2012 model year vehicles equipped with AppLink can be updated to support turn-by-turn directions and destination download via USB. Visit www.syncmyride.com for details on software update availability.
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