NPR, Ford sync up with AppLink technology (live blog)

Ford's Sync AppLink technology will bring NPR streaming news "straight to the dashboard," along with your favorite programs.

LAS VEGAS--In a joint CES press conference today, Ford Motor and NPR announced that streaming news is coming "straight to the dashboard."

NPR has a created an app so listeners can check out their favorite programs along with news via Ford's in-car control system. Lori Grunin/CNET

NPR's new app will work with Ford's in-car control system, Sync AppLink, even those without a touch-screen interface, and is intended to be less distracting to the driver as it's based on voice command. Users can set favorite stations and programs in the app to be browsed later using the car's steering wheel controls. Apps are available immediately in the Android Market and iTunes App Store.

NPR played up the ability to access local stations "wherever you are."

We used ScribbleLive to live-blog the press conference, so if you missed it, you can scroll through it in the embedded component below. That will give you all the live updates along with commentary from our readers and CNET reporters. Or check out our summary of the Ford-NPR news.

Editors' note: The original, barebones version of this story was posted January 8 at 8:05 p.m. PT.

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