LAS VEGAS--You'd think that Ford's own Sync Destinations app would be among the select few that offer connectivity with the automaker's voice-controlled Sync AppLink technology, but oddly it wasn't...until now.
Ford has announced an updated version of the Sync Destinations app for iPhone that gives drivers voice control over the app when connected to an AppLink-enabled vehicle. Like the original app, users will be able to save favorite destinations and access driving directions and traffic reports to them utilizing their cloud-based Sync Services account. However, now users can simply speak the commands "Mobile Apps," "Sync Destinations," followed by "Traffic to work," for example, to get the fastest route to the office--no fumbling with the phone's touch screen is necessary. If the users then ask for "Directions," the app can download turn-by-turn directions to the vehicle's dashboard via the Sync Services connection.
Other available commands include retrieving "Incidents around me" and the ability to "Report an accident" to other Sync Services drivers, all without letting go of the wheel.
iPhone owners who are also active Sync Services users can download the updated version of Sync Destinations via the iTunes App Store. Android and BlackBerry users will have to wait for the update to be made available later in Q1 2012.