Ford announced recently that they are implementing a software development kit (SDK) for their Ford Sync in-car system. The Sync system is designed to increase driver usability and decrease distractions by utilizing voice recognition software. The intention of Ford is to incorporate existing smartphone apps that their customers are familiar with into their Sync system.
Numerous application developers, including Pandora, Stitcher and Orangatame’s OpenBeak are already onboard with the Sync system, and over 1000 other applications have been submitted by developers for consideration for the Sync system.
According to Derrick Kuzak, Ford group vice president of Global Product Development, “We know we can do better things for our customers by allying with the companies that provide the devices and services they already use, trust and value. What we see emerging as we explore new ways to safely enhance connectivity and reinvent the driving experience is a mutually beneficial ‘collaborative community’ where our shared customer – anyone who drives a car and owns a smartphone – is the true beneficiary.”
With many states putting into effect laws that prohibit the use of hand-held devices while driving, the implementation of voice recognition software in Ford vehicles could not have come any sooner, and such applications may well be the future of the automotive industy.