What would cars be these days without apps? Oh right, they would be a way of transportation to help us get around. Well if you just can’t live without your car being app enabled, Ford has some great news for you and developers. Ford announced that any third-party developer can create a voice user interface for any smartphone application developed for use by SYNC. Ford’s SYNC AppLink software allows for hands-free voice control of popular smartphone applications for iOS, Android and BlackBerry via Ford SYNC.
The SYNC AppLink SDK features Nuance’s voice recognition and text-to-speech technology that allows developers to fully voice-enable their SYNC-enabled applications, giving drivers the ability to command and control applications, and have information read aloud. Through AppLink, drivers can enjoy an array of third-party Ford SYNC-enabled apps that will hopefully keep more drivers eyes on the road.
The AppLink SDK is being made available through Ford to third-party developers building apps for iOS, Android and BlackBerry. All SYNC-enabled mobile apps can be downloaded through the same app store interfaces currently used. For more information on developing with the Ford AppLink SDK, visit www.syncmyride.com/developer.
If you are a current Ford Fiesta owner or owner of any Ford SYNC enabled car, what apps would you like to see ported over to AppLink?