Ford is at the North American International Auto Show this week, and one of the things the carmaker is touting this week is SYNC AppLink. It’s a way for drivers to use apps on their iOS or Android devices without needing to actually touch the devices, and by next year Ford expects that 14 million SYNC AppLink-equipped cars will be on the road.
Wired.co.uk’s Jim Hill talked with Ford’s John Eliss about SYNC AppLink for Ars Technica and tried some of the 63 available apps: Kaliki is an app that reads magazine articles to you; at this point, only a little over a dozen magazines are available, but more will come in the future. Amazon Cloud Player works with SYNC AppLink — you use your voice to search for music, then play, skip and shuffle through your cloud-based playlists. Pandora is also available for those who love that app.
Ford has three rules for developers who want to use their free SYNC AppLink SDK to build car-ready apps: no text-heavy apps, no movies or video content, and no games. Making sure that users are paying attention to their driving is the entire reason behind SYNC AppLink.