Ford and online listening hub Radioplayer have partnered to allow radio streaming in the carmaker’s cars and vans. This will be done through the Radioplayer app, which is integrated with Ford’s SYNC with AppLink in-car connectivity system. SYNC with AppLink connects apps on smart phones with Ford vehicles, allowing them to be voice controlled by the driver.
The Radioplayer app enabled for Ford’s SYNC with AppLink allows drivers to select from the best radio stations in the United Kingdom without having to take their eyes off the road. Radioplayer could be downloaded free-of-charge, and is available on tablet and desktop. It allows users to choose over 300 stations including all BBC national and local services, commercial stations as well as a number of community and student radio stations.
Ford pioneered the launch of digital stations into its model range as an option over 10 years ago. Just within five years, Ford models were already offering digital audio broadcasting (DAB) as standard on the Mondeo and Kuga. DAB was already standard across the C-MAX range in 2010, in the B-MAX in 2012, and Kuga this year.
It can also be specified on the majority of other models. Ford van drivers, whose line of work makes them driving longer than others, can listen to DAB stations as a standard feature on all new Transits, or an option costing just £75. In the past six years, Ford has already rolled out nearly 500,000 DAB-fitted vehicles onto UK roads. These vehicles now account for half of Ford sales. For those Ford vehicles without DAB in the UK, they could be fitted with one for just £199. [source; Ford]