The all-new 2015 Ford Mustang will host the next generation of SYNC Applink
Ford has announced that when its hotly-anticipated 2015 Mustang hits dealerships later this year, its aesthetics and performance will not be the only aspect receiving a considerable upgrade: the next-gen pony car will host the next generation of SYNC Applink, which promises to allow drivers better access to all of the necessary mobile apps that keep them moving on a daily basis.
The 2015 Ford Mustang will be the first model in North America to feature the newly-updated infotainment system, which promises to feature improved UI and voice control amidst a plethora of all-new features.
“Ford led the industry in giving drivers the ability to control their smartphone apps on the go with the introduction of SYNC AppLink in 2010,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, global product development, in the automaker’s official press release. “We are now making the in-vehicle app experience simpler and more intuitive to further help drivers keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.”
New functions of the next generation of SYNC Applink include the following:
Improved menus and controls that allow for quicker app launching on mobile devices. Drivers will be able to press the SYNC voice button on the steering wheel and simply say the name of the app (as opposed to previous generations of SYNC, which required the prerequisite “Mobile applications” command).
Apps will be able to cull a number of real-time vehicle facts such as speed, acceleration, odometer, and location. This information can be used to further customize and personalize the user experience with more accurate location-based services.
More consistent experience overall with voice pass-through capability, which lets developers evaluate commands and utilize on-device/cloud-based voice recognition systems in order to allow for uniform commands whether the driver is connected to the vehicle or not.
Notifications that are read aloud to the driver once they enter the app without having to tuouch the phone; additionally, alerts are always available whenever a mobile device is connected, even in instances where the app is inactive or the driver is using the radio.
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