Ford allowing custom apps for car SYNC technology

The Ford SYNC device is available on several models in the latest Ford range. Examples include the latest 2013 Ford Fiesta which starts first UK deliveries this month. Other models featuring SYNC include the Ford Focus, Ford C-Max and the Ford B-Max.

The feature allows drivers to connect mobiles and music players to their Ford car, with the driver using voice commands to transfer contact information, answer calls, and listen to text messages which can be read out by the onboard computer.

Starting from this week the company is launching its Ford Developer Programme for use with Ford’s SYNC gadget through Ford’s AppLink system. It has already been described as the first global open developer programme for the automotive industry.

The access to create custom apps for Ford SYNC is both licence and royalty free and should come standard with the gadget’s onboard voice functionality.

There will be some restrictions however on what Ford approves for mass download on their SYNC-compatible Fords. Preferably the manufacturer would like members of the public to create apps which are focused around areas including peoples’ health and productivity, as well as music and networking functions.

The SYNC AppLink service is yet to reach Ford customers in Europe; however it has since been announced by the manufacturer that it will in fact arrive to European markets (including the UK) later on in 2013.

Each model with Ford SYNC technology is available to UK motorists right now from Perrys Ford Dealerships located in Aylesbury and High Wycombe.