Ford SYNC AppLink – a system that offers drivers the ultimate mobile jukebox through voice-control of smartphone music apps – is coming to Europe with the potential to deliver more entertainment options than ever before thanks to the Ford Developer program.
SYNC AppLink, which is being showcased at midem, a leading music industry conference in Cannes, France, enables drivers on the move to listen to their favourite radio stations and songs streamed to the car via their smartphone – while keeping their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road. AppLink is targeted for launch in Europe later this year.
Ford SYNC AppLink customers in North America already have access to more streaming services than with any other automotive manufacturer. The growing selection of services available in the U.S. features Amazon Cloud Player, iHeartRadio, TuneIn Radio, Pandora, Rhapsody, MOG, Aha, Slacker and Greater Media. Ford will announce the first apps available in Europe in the near future.
Ford recently launched the automotive industry’s first open mobile app developer program for AppLink. Unveiled at the 2013 International CES in Las Vegas, the Ford Developer Program enables developers to create their own SYNC voice-control apps for services from connected smartphones. This approach will allow the European app development community to deliver access to an array of music and entertainment services and content for Ford drivers.