Google Maps Lands in Select Ford Vehicles

Paul Lilly

Late model Ford drivers with Sync-equipped automobiles will soon be able to download directions to their cars and plot out their routes. Announced earlier this week, Ford's Sync Traffic, Directions, and Information (TDI) is a free cloud-based architecture that lets drivers access voice-activated services through their mobile phones.

"Printing paper directions from a Web site is a relic in our digital age," Doug VanDagens, director of Ford Connected Services Solutions Organization, said in a statement. "With Send to Sync, you can map a destination at home, at work--wherever you have connectivity--and when you get to your car, it already knows where you want to go."

As Ford explains it, the app uses a customer's mobile phone voice plan and their vehicle's integrated GPS receiver to deliver location-based services, like driving directions or business services, and can also provide on-demand info, like horoscopes, news, movie listings, stock quotes, and more. And because it's all cloud-based, there aren't any updates to worry about.

The Google Maps 'Send to Sync' capability will launch later this month, Ford said, adding that it will be the only automaker offering this capability without required a paid subscription.

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