CES: Major announcements surrounding Ford Sync

Here are the main announcements made by Ford’s partners on the SYNC platform.

Ford: Announces app partners

Ford has announced that Pandora, Stitcher and Orangatame’s OpenBeak (formerly TwitterBerry) are the first partners to enable their apps to be controlled in the car by SYNC using the new application programming interface (API) in the SYNC software development kit.

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Elektrobit: To release APIs for creating SYNC apps

EB is working with Ford Motor Company in providing phone application developers access to the in-car infotainment system Ford SYNC. Thus an application programming interface (API), which acts as programming interface for a particular phone platform, will enable phone software developers to create new applications for the vehicle, taking advantage of the input mechanisms and vehicle data the Ford SYNC platform provides.

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Nuance: Enhances speech capabilities of SYNC

Nuance and Ford have unveiled significant enhancements to the speech capabilities powering the next-generation of Ford SYNC.

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Tele Atlas: Lastest Ford SYNC to use Tele Atlas maps

Tele Atlas announced that Ford will use Tele Atlas maps and location content for North America, South America and the Middle East in the newest version of Ford’s in-car connectivity system, SYNC, and in all vehicles equipped with the new premium navigation option for MyFord Touch driver connect technology.

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Mapquest: Launches Send-to-Sync feature

Ford adds  ‘Send to SYNC’ feature allowing drivers to visit leading mapping Web site MapQuest and have a destination sent to their Ford vehicle.

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INRIX: To provide traffic information for SYNC

INRIX has announced that it will provide Ford with real-time traffic information and enhanced routing for all Ford vehicles with SYNC.

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Broadcom: Supplies connectivity chips for SYNC

Broadcom has announced that Ford is using its BCM4325 Bluetooth + Wi-Fi combination (or ‘combo’) chip solution, featuring InConcert technology, to provide wireless connectivity in some of Ford’s new vehicles.

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