Ford debuts hands-free voice control for smartphone apps

Posted by Aharon Etengoff

Ford has introduced a Sync software upgrade that will allow drivers to safely access Android and Blackberry apps.

 "Sync AppLink allows drivers to control some of the most popular apps through Sync's voice commands and steering wheel buttons, helping drivers keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road," explained Ford spokesperson Doug VanDagens.

"ApplLink will be released for 2011 Ford Fiesta owners later this year. [In addition, we will debut] AppLink on most Sync-equipped vehicles next year, as well as provide interoperability with other smartphones."

VanDagens also noted that the Android Market and BlackBerry App World were amongst the "leading growth markets" for mobile apps.

"[As such], the first Sync-enabled apps available later this year include Pandora Internet radio, Stitcher 'smart radio' and Orangatame's OpenBeak app for Twitter, with additional apps on the way," said VanDagens.

"Updated versions of each app, incorporating the Sync application programming interface (API), will be available through Android Market and BlackBerry App World for customers to download."