Official: Ford adds Google Maps to its ‘Send to SYNC’ feature

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

Just a few days after Ford updated its 911 Assist services, the carmaker now announces that it has added a new Send to Sync feature that links Google Maps with Sync's Traffic, Directions, and Information service.

The new Send to Sync feature functions a lot like most of Sync's cloud computing features, which use a mobile phone's data services through a Bluetooth connection.

There is a new feature within Google Maps online interface that enables users to click send to Sync, which sends destination and routing information to their mobile device.

As soon as the device is connected to Sync, the route data is processed into turn-by-turn voice prompts. If the vehicle already has a navigation system, the directions will show on the display screen.

Doug VanDagens, director of Ford Connected Services Solutions Organization, said that with Send to Sync, users can map a destination wherever there is connectivity and when the driver gets to the car, it already knows where the destination is. He describes the feature to be convenient and avoids the waste and the risk of distraction that comes with paper maps.

The system also determines the fastest route. As soon as the user inputs the destination, the optimal route is calculated in the cloud by referencing the latest traffic information.

Cars that are fitted with a navigation system will call upon drivers preset preferences, such as avoiding highways and toll roads, while calculating the route.

VanDagens added that its cloud-based service network helps provide constant improvement for the customers, and is regarded to be a key reason for Ford's lead in the industry with Sync.

Topics: ford, google, sync

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