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Ford Sync New Features with Twitter, Pandora - CES 2010

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by , 02-03-2010 at 02:29 PM (1397 Views)

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The Ford Sync now offers new applications such as Twitter, Pandora, and Stitcher. The Blackberry Pandora application is connected to Sync via blue tooth and you can control the application using buttons on the center console, steering wheel and via voice control. The sync will read through the time line and tweets.

The iPhone will not work with the Sync, but will work with the MyFord Touch. There will be a list of partners and eventually an SDK release tot he public for developers so that others can control the applications via vehicle controls. A developer can send a string to see on the display, set voice commands, manage button pressing to match the context of the specific application. The Ford Sync and MyFord Touch are fairly similar with slight upgrades due to enhanced features. BY 2013/14 80% of Fords will have the MyFord Touch.

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I have watched demo. So good.
Hope it will turn in reality soon.
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Just another example of a stupid gadget. If I were driving a car with that thing I would be more likely to cause an accident because I'd be searching around for buttons. In a car with a typical dashboard you look at dash to find a button BEFORE you go and press it, not the other way round.

If they made them light-up permanently while ACC/IGN is on, then that's a different story... I'd like that.

How on earth do those projects even get to the planning process?!?
I am not sold on that being any better than having the controls on all of the time. Quite the opposite actually.

You have to wave your hand, wait a second while watching the screen for the controls to light up, nope, not the controls I wanted, move your hand, area lights up, nope not that one, move your hand, aha there is the button I wanted!

This seems far more distracting, in my opinion, then just having the controls there at all times.