SYNC AppLink Comes to a Mustang Near You

The array of infotainment technologies Ford likes to call SYNC is slowly expanding to more and more models of the car maker's portfolio, slowly turning motoring as you knew it into something entirely new.

After it launched the SYNC AppLink on the Ford Fiesta, the manufacturer announced today it would be expanding it to the Mustang range as well. To come as a factory-installed feature on the 2012 Mustang, AppLink will allow SYNC users to control apps stored on their smartphone by means of voice.

“Mustang is an exciting next addition to the AppLink portfolio, giving Ford the ability to offer more of our customers a smarter solution to using apps while in the car,” said Doug VanDagens, director of Ford Connected Services. “We continue to move quickly and migrate smart technologies across our vehicle portfolio that deliver solutions customers are demanding.”

Despite the fact that a muscle (or a pony, depending on your point of view) car isn't historically associated with the modern day toys, Ford bets it all on recent studies which have shown that 46 percent of adult smartphone users work with apps on their phones. 36 percent of those admit to using those apps while driving.

“Our Voice-Activated Navigation System integration allows us to enrich the AppLink experience even further, giving customers an industry-first combination of voice control and touch-screen access to the apps stored on their mobile phones,”
added Julius Marchwicki, Ford SYNC product manager.

But the high tech gadgets featured on the Mustang don't stop here. Customers will also benefit from a Clarion Navigation System complete with up-to-the-minute news about weather, traffic, fuel prices, movie listing and more through Sirius Travel Link.
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