Let’s stay in the vein of singing the praises of Fords wifi system, because, well, I really like Ford! (I used to drive a brand new ‘05 Mustang convertible before the economy crash made me wave bye-bye to it as a big mean tow truck hauled it away to turn it over to some lucky bastid who could afford it. brb…I gotta get a tissue.) Ford has a kick-ass wifi system. Did you even know that they put wifi in cars?
I guess since we’ve got wifi in our printers and even in our cameras, then it only seems fitting that we get it in our cars. You may think that there are not many uses for the driver, while driving. You picture a motorist fumbling through his email trying to type responses with one hand while trying to keep their eyes on the road. It’s bad enough when people text and drive right? So Internet access in the car is another accident just looking for a place to happen.
You are about to be surprised. Realize that sometimes Internet access isn’t all about pointing and clicking. Maybe after you finish your Happy Meal, and are about to take off down 95 South, heading to Florida in your new Ford Mustang convertible, you want to find out where you are on the map. Then you set Pandora to play for the next couple of hours of driving.
Here is a prediction: Someday wifi in the vehicles that occupy the worlds highways and byways are going to prevent accidents. This technology is the first step toward drivers actually being encouraged to not only type emails with both hands, but even fall asleep behind the wheel. When cars become fully integrated with the Internet at wireless speeds that are getting faster and faster while also getting pinged by satellites orbiting the globe…You’ve got VAP Baby. Vehicle Auto Pilot!
Where does SYNC® come from? Answer: Microsoft. The marriage of Ford and Microsoft gave birth to the SYNC® platform. Although instead of running on Microsoft’s smartphone platform, Ford chose the android and BlackBerry. Their app stores will be offering the new applications that can be used by the SYNC® system. Ford will be coming out with more of their own SYNC® apps as well. Here are some that are bringing the cloud to your car in a hands-free way:
The hands free calling app will allow you to answer an incoming call with the push of a button. You can just as easily make a call, look through your phone book, and use all of your phone’s other features without laying a finger on your phone.
The vehicle health report shows you vehicle diagnostics, and lets you know when your next oil change is due. It will even alert you to any recall issues. If a problem should arise during this self check, don’t worry. You can schedule service for your car, right from your car. Just go to the SYNC® Owner Center website .
SYNC® will even read incoming texts to you. It doesn’t even have a problem translating popular text code like :-), omg and LOL…How ‘bout lmao? At a voice command, you can easily text back one of 15 generic responses without taking a hand off the wheel or eyes off the road.
You can get turn by turn directions right over your cars speakers. SYNC with Turn-by-Turn Directions will get you to your chosen destinations, that you can send right from Google maps into your navigating robot. Travelers are able to send destinations from Google Maps to their Ford vehicle through the cloud-based SYNC® Traffic, Directions & Information (TDI) app
SYNC is going to make apps already very popular with smart phones famous in Fords. The very popular streaming music app, Pandora, is one that is going to enjoy a front seat in many joyrides in Fords. Especially my own, when someday, my comeback complete, I have some fine wheels like that under my ass again.