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Drivers of late-model Ford vehicles equipped with Sync Traffic, Directions and Information (TDI) will soon be able to plot out their routes using Google Maps on their home computer and then download turn-by-turn directions directly to the car. TDI is a recent addition that adds a GPS receiver which allows Sync equipped cars and trucks to provide directions even if the vehicle doesn't have the full map based navigation system in place.
Unlike General Motors' OnStar system, which incorporates its own cellular equipment, the TDI functionality uses the communications capability provided by a connected mobile phone linked up by the driver. TDI reaches out to download directional data from the internet through the phone. The route will be calculated online using up-to-date traffic information.

To use the "Send to Sync" feature, Ford and Lincoln owners just need to register on syncmyride.com for the free TDI services. The ability to send Google directions to Sync TDI will be launched later this month with a similar service based on Mapquest launching later this year. Official PR verbiage available after the jump.

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  • Ford adds Google Maps to its 'Send to SYNC' feature, allowing drivers to send destinations from Google Maps to their Ford vehicle through the cloud-based SYNC® Traffic, Directions & Information (TDI) app
  • Drivers download destination information into the vehicle via their Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones; the information will be processed into audible turn-by-turn directions, eliminating the need to bring printed maps into the car and helping drivers keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road
  • 'Send to SYNC' launches later this month and will be available for existing 2010-11 models equipped with SYNC TDI; no extra hardware, software updates or costs are required

DEARBORN, Mich., June 8, 2010 – Drivers who enjoy the convenience of Ford SYNC® with Traffic, Directions & Information (TDI) soon will be able to select a destination on Google Maps and send it to their Ford, Lincoln or Mercury vehicles.

'Send to SYNC' is a new capability added to the Ford Service Delivery Network, the company's cloud-based architecture, which provides a suite of voice-activated services accessible through a customer's mobile phone.

"Printing paper directions from a website is a relic in our digital age," said Doug VanDagens, director of Ford Connected Services Solutions Organization. "With Send to SYNC, you can map a destination at home, at work – wherever you have connectivity – and when you get to your car, it already knows where you want to go. It's convenient and it eliminates the waste and distraction of paper maps, conserving resources while helping drivers keep their eyes on the road."

The SYNC TDI application leverages a customer's mobile phone voice plan and the vehicle's integrated GPS receiver to deliver location-based services, such as driving directions or business searches, and on-demand information such as horoscopes, news, movie listings and stock quotes. Since these services, including the new Send to SYNC functionality, are cloud-based, no vehicle updates are required and they will be available to all owners who have registered for TDI services through www.syncmyride.com.

When users visit Google Maps on the web to find locations, they will have the option to send a selected destination to their Ford, Lincoln or Mercury vehicle via a "send" menu on the site. Once in the vehicle, the driver connects to SYNC TDI using the "Services" voice command, and when prompted, confirms the request to download the Google Maps destination into the vehicle.

The optimal route is calculated in the cloud using the latest traffic information, downloaded to the vehicle and navigation guidance begins. If the vehicle is equipped with a map-based navigation system, the destination point is downloaded directly to that system, which then calculates the route based on the in-vehicle navigation preferences set by the driver.

"Our cloud-based service network is helping deliver constant improvement for our customers, and has become a key reason why Ford leads the industry with SYNC," said VanDagens. "We're proud to be working with Google to bring this new capability to SYNC."

The Google Maps 'Send to SYNC' capability launches later this month. Ford is currently the only automaker offering this capability without requiring a paid subscription to a telematics service.

Ford previously announced the same feature for MapQuest (owned by AOL), which will launch later this year.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Somehow i doubt the iphone will work with Sync. Just one more reason to dump the crappy iphone.
        • 5 Years Ago
        DROID FTW!
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's great, now if only Ford would allow dealer installed upgrade packages for 2009 and earlier SYNC equipped vehicles so they to could enjoy all the new goodies that have been added to 2010 SYNC Ver. 3.0 and above vehicles like SYNC TDI.

      The worst thing about SYNC is that they mess with the hardware every single year so that previous year SYNC systems are not upgradable via software and thus never get the new features. Ford is worse then Apple for legacy support and if you buy SYNC, next model year you will have buyers remorse because when Ford announces all the new features, you're not invited to the party.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Keep it up Ford.

      10 years ago, I bought a FWD Mercury Cougar and swore that I'd never touch another Ford product again. Now I'm actively salivating over both the Fusion and the Mustang.

      I'm not even a fan of live axles. Do want.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is what I like to see. Stuff like is making me consider a Ford for my next car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yea, samesies. Too bad they don't really have any models I like...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Simple and cost effective technology for everyone.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't see the option for my 2010 Lincoln
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sync sends/receives data with a Bluetooth-connected phone by using voice airtime as a modem as opposed to Internet data minutes, correct? If so, that is genius.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's probably not going to use Voice minutes for the data transfer, unfortunately. Without getting overly technical, the way Voice and Data are transmitted on a wireless network aren't interchangeable.

        On the upside, though, usage will be probably be minimal at best. On the downside, it will still cost $10 every time you use the service if you don't have a data plan.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Correct, the data is sent from the cloud to the vehicle using voice connection from the bluetooth-paired cell phone. Simple and very cost-effective.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This is great news for folks who have devices that don't allow Bluetooth data tethering.
      • 5 Years Ago
      And BMW has had this for about 1 1/2 years.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Mercedes had this more than 2-years ago.
        • 5 Years Ago
        OK, well then what about GM? My mother's '08 Chevy has this capability(with Mapquest before, now Google also) already and I believe it's been available since '06 on other models.

        Is that better?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Great, what is the price difference between MB's first model with it, and a 2010 Fusion?
        Apples and oranges...
      • 5 Years Ago
      and again, Ford gets it the right way :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Epic win for SYNC.

      Now, Ford, bring your rally-spec cars here...ready, go!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Diesel powered Sync!
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