The Ford Motor Company has put out a media release that details new functionality with Android and Blackberry phones. The newly-christened “Sync Applink” will allow drivers to “access and control Android and BlackBerry smartphone apps with voice commands and vehicle controls.” AppLink apps will be downloaded from the marketplace as usual, but I can see Ford possibly giving some away “standard” with the purchase of a car.
“SYNC is the only connectivity system available that can extend that functionality into the car. AppLink will allow drivers to control some of the most popular apps through SYNC’s voice commands and steering wheel buttons, helping drivers keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.”
The service is out of beta, and interested developers can grab the SDK and join Ford’s deveoper network at the present time.
I can see some obvious uses for Applink: GPS systems, Internet radio and MP3 players all seem like practical applications for the system. However, I’d like to see what people can come up with, given the chance. I wonder…