Ford Adds SYNC AppLink to 10 models, grows app developer community

Ford Focus Electric

Ford is adding its award-winning SYNC AppLink software to a new line up of vehicles for 2012, making it available on a total of 10 models. The program gives access to, and voice control over, driver’s smartphone apps while mobile.

Doug VanDages, director of Ford Connected Services Solutions comments “We understand more and more drivers are using their devices and their apps while in the car…. Ford is a part of the solution, offering voice-activated options such as Ford SYNC with AppLink on a broader range of our products, which gives more customers a smarter way to access their apps while driving that keeps their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.”

Cars featuring the SYNC AppLink software will include the 2012 Ford Mustang, Shelby GT500, Fusion, Fusion Hybrid, and Fiesta. The F-150, F-150 SVT Raptor, Super Duty, Expedition, and E-series are also to come equipped with the software.

Plans for a sizable expansion are also set in place as Ford is expanding to 2,500 independent developers on its team, and plans for more job openings in its Connected Services Solutions Organization are set, as well. With this kind of expansion, expect to see more features and improvements for SYNC AppLink in the future.

– By: Alexandra Koken