If you’re looking for a safer and smarter in-car connectivity experience, then it would delight you to know that Ford has begun releasing its Software Development Kit (SDK) to app developers.
Existing smartphone apps can then be enabled for voice command and control through Ford SYNC. Derrick Kuzak, Ford group vice president of Global Product Development, said that it cannot be denied that more drivers will find a way to use their devices and their apps while in the car.
Kuzak pointed out that drivers can go the unsafe route or they can use voice-activated solutions such as Ford SYNC so that they can “keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel.”
Ford has received over 1,000 submissions from interested parties who want to modify existing apps or create all-new apps that can interface with Ford SYNC through AppLink.
What AppLink does is access mobile apps stored on a user’s smartphone, and then makes them controllable through the SYNC voice recognition system. The first apps to be incorporated the SYNC API are Pandora Internet radio, Stitcher smart radio and Orangatame’s OpenBeak. More are expected to follow shortly.
Driving is becoming more convenient for Ford drivers. Technologies such as the Ford SYNC now enable them to access information on their smartphones and other mobile devices without taking their eyes off the road or hands off the wheel.
According to Derrick Kuzak, Ford group vice president of Global Product Development, the company’s collaboration with other firms that can bring about the technologies necessary for connectivity for drivers will bring about a beneficial solution for the customer who both drives and owns a mobile device through which he or she can access important information and through which they communicate with other people.
Kuzak reiterated Ford’s commitment to its customers and stated that the company is joining forces with firms in the technology sector to bring about technologies that can truly benefit its customers.