But MyFord technology will only be available in the US initially
8 January 2010

Ford is looking at new ways to make use of the latest smartphones in its US-market cars.

Ford's system, to be revealed at the annual Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas this week, is dubbed MyFord, and it says it takes its Sync infotainment system to a new level.

Among other things, motorists will be able to use a number of smarthphone apps through Sync. That includes Pandora, a popular service permitting users to create their own virtual radio stations around a particular artist or music genre, and Stitcher, a web service that provides numerous audio news feeds.

They’ll display on Sync’s touchscreen display exactly as they appear on an iPhone or Blackberry, according to Ford officials, but play on the car sound system.

“People have become addicted to connectivity,” said Derrick Kuzak, Ford’s global product development chief. Ford is embracing the open-application philosophy of the Web," Kuzak said.

Ford is working with more than 40 partners to develop additional apps for use with Sync.

Paul Eisenstein

 

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8 January 2010

Hyundai/KIA Automotive Group America has annouced yesterday a deal with Microsoft that would give them rights to use the same Sync system. They will start puttng it in vehicles very quickly starting with the All New Sorrento making its US debut at Detroit with the system installed, and the rest of the Line Immediately right after that. In US KIAs it will be called UVO (Short for Ur Voice), and Hyundai is still deciding on a name for it.

Expect a Cadenza in Detroit with the system installed as well.

8 January 2010

There there are too many distracting technologies in cars these days....

8 January 2010

All they need is a big screen a port to connect your smart phone and signal boosters. Let the smart phone do all the software stuff.

8 January 2010

[quote Walking]All they need is a big screen a port to connect your smart phone and signal boosters. Let the smart phone do all the software stuff[/quote] Very true, my iPhone is all the interface I need for music and if I had it, sat nav. Ironic that the dash on my Fiesta was designed to be like a mobile phone and has been far exceeded by my Apple device (and doubtlessly many other phones). If it linked up and they did an App for it, potentially my phone could control the climate control too and then it's job done.Just shows how fast things change and how long car development lead times are.

8 January 2010

Vauxhall Crestas had different shaped switches for different functions; it made them easy to find in the dark when you were fumbling for the lights or the wipers. I have iDrive on a BMW and it's bloody terrible to use when you're driving. I don't see any difference between texting on a mobile and using one of these wonderful new touchscreens - they're both bloody dangerous.

11 March 2013

I notice you attempted to downplay QNX. You do realize that roughly 80 - 90% percent of vehicles on the road that have infotainment systems use QNX, right?

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