Bill Frykman, Ford Work Solutions product and business development manager, says the two distinct systems (SYNC and Work Solutions) could eventually merge into a single product where buyers download apps to meet their needs.
“At some point, they could come together,” Frykman said. “Both the current generation of Sync and Work Solutions use versions of Microsoft Auto and Windows CE as the base underlying platform.”
Work Solutions offers the ability to add new applications today, a feature that doesn’t exist in the current generation of Sync.
“We’re looking at doing that with several companies already for commercial and business customers,” Frykman said. “For example, a customer could use VPN software to securely connect to their office through the in-dash computer. We could create an app store with a productivity focus instead of consumer-focused.”