Our friends at Engadget got up close and cozy with the new Ford Sync Applink interface at CES 2012. Ford has put plenty of time ironing out some of the wrinkles in the voice-command system, and the company's work has paid off. Sync Applink is designed to allow users to access certain applications on their compatible smartphones without ever having to take their hands from the wheel. It sounds nice in theory, but Ford has had its fair share of issues getting the technology to produce desired results. Judging by the quick video, that's a thing of the past.

Ford demonstrated how the revised system easily pulls up the new NPR app and how users can easily shuffle through the application's various features. The app even lets users chose any NPR station in the country. How's that for snazzy?

Click past the jump to see Applink do its thing.



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      Sportbike
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have an iPhone. Why do I need all that capability duplicated in the car? Ford, get a clue, just put some quality knobs and switches for the Radio and HVAC function and drop the MicroSoft ****.
      NickFromFord
      • 2 Years Ago
      Disclamer: My name is Nick Thorne and I work on Ford's SYNC AppLink team. We were very proud to see how well SYNC AppLink was received at CES (Best of CES in the Bluetooth Now category). With AppLink, Ford is providing a way for consumers to access smart phone apps in a smart, safe way. All of AppLink's features can be controlled with the driver's hands on the wheel and eyes on the road using steering wheel controls and voice commands. I'm proud to work on this technology and use it in my personal vehicle.
        NickFromFord
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NickFromFord
        Currently (as of 1/20/2012), the models with AppLink are the following SYNC equipped vehicles: 2011+ Fiesta, 2012 Fusion, 2012 Mustang, 2012 F150, 2012 Expedition, 2012 Mustang Cobra, 2012 F150 Raptor. However, all SYNC units are user upgradeable and Ford is exploring options for bringing newer features, such as AppLink, to previous SYNC equipped models. As for the difference between the navigation screen (shown in the video) and the more text base screen , such as the one in the Fiesta, all AppLink features are available for both screens. In fact, my personal vehicle has the text based two line display.
        zzzzzz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NickFromFord
        I have a 2011 Mustang with the touch screen interface that looks nearly identical to this. Will I be able to update it to add AppLink, or is this only for newer models?
        RedHoodJT
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NickFromFord
        and what about the 2010 Mustangs?
        M-D
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NickFromFord
        Nick - how well will the updated AppLink (and associated apps) play with non-touch enabled vehicles, like the Fiesta?
      MTU 5.0
      • 2 Years Ago
      NPR app.... shouldn't automakers be discouraging falling asleep at the wheel, not making it easier. ;)
      Tiberius1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hello Ford??? You ditched Volvo...why NPR??? :-)