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  • Jan 7, 2013
Among the numerous apps that Ford has added to its Sync AppLink system is the location-sharing service Glympse. After The app is installed on a smartphone and the phone is paired with the AppLink interface either through Bluetooth or USB, a driver just presses the Sync button on the steering wheel and says, "Send Glympse." With that, the vehicle's location is sent to the other parties he has enabled in the app.

Any 'Glympsers' can keep track of the vehicle on their own phones or on a map in a web brower and get updates via e-mail, text, Facebook and Twitter. There's a time-limit to 'glympsing' so that after a pre-set time the app will cease updating its location.

The app was introduced to the Mercedes-Benz A-Class last summer, but we won't be seeing Stuttgart's little hatch in our country for a while. The partnership with Ford gives US drivers a way to experience another OEM integration of what is sure to be our always-in-contact future. The press release below can tell you more about it.
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Glympse Launches First In-Car, Voice-Activated Location-Sharing App for Ford SYNC AppLink

- Using the new SYNC® AppLink™-enabled Glympse smartphone app, drivers can share their location directly from their car using simple voice commands
- More than 1 million Ford drivers can now share their location directly from their car, making it easy to answer the question, "Where are you?"


LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7, 2013 – Glympse Inc., the mobile technology company that pioneered temporary real-time location sharing, today announces the first location-sharing app for Ford Motor Company's SYNC® in-car connectivity system. Using the AppLink™ interface, drivers will be able to share their location with friends and family directly from their car using simple voice commands, eliminating the need to touch their mobile phone while driving.

"People typically share their location while in the car, and by integrating Glympse into Ford SYNC AppLink, we're providing drivers with a rich, real-time and hands-free way to share where they are," said Bryan Trussel, co-founder and CEO of Glympse. "At Glympse, we're dedicated to creating a more robust connected car experience, and working with Ford will help us to reach millions of consumers who will be able to just say, 'Send a Glympse' to share their current whereabouts, eliminating the need to send a text or make a phone call."

To use Glympse, drivers need the app installed on an iOS or Android-based smartphone. The car automatically recognizes the app when the phone is Bluetooth®-paired or USB-connected. With Glympse activated, drivers simply need to press the SYNC voice button on the steering wheel and say, "Send Glympse." Users can send a Glympse to a friend's email or mobile number, or to Facebook and Twitter.

Recipients of the Glympse can then monitor the vehicle's progress and ETA via a real-time dynamic map, on either a smartphone or desktop. After the user-defined time limit expires, the location is no longer updated.

"Glympse is a great example of how smartphone app integration with the car can help us make the driving experience more convenient for our customers, thus adding perceived value to their vehicle," said Julius Marchwicki, Ford SYNC AppLink program manager. "By teaming up with an innovative company like Glympse, we are providing our customers with a dynamic way to share their location while removing the need to take their eyes off the road or hands off the steering wheel to pick up their smartphone."

Glympse, on both iPhone and Android devices, is now compatible with Ford SYNC AppLink. To download Glympse, visit HYPERLINK "http://www.Glympse.com/Get Glympse" www.Glympse.com/Get Glympse.

SYNC AppLink is available on more than 1 million vehicles; it is available on 2013 Fiesta, Mustang, Expedition, Fusion, F-150, Super Duty®, Focus, E-Series and C-MAX.


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      whofan
      • 1 Year Ago
      MY desire to own a new car shrinks all the more after learning of all the techno crap they put in the new cars. Too many bells and whistles. I took the stock radio out of my 2001 Silverado and installed a Pioneer. Good ole knobs with amplication. Can`t do that with the new stuff.
      Jim
      • 1 Year Ago
      Awesome. Now every time I pass through a toll booth I can share that with my friends and not just the NSA.
      The Other Bob
      • 1 Year Ago
      Does anyone here find it necessary to update Facebook or Twitter while driving?
        JF
        • 1 Year Ago
        @The Other Bob
        Didn't you know? The world revolves around YOU and everyone is waiting to hear the latest update about what you just bought at the store and how crowded it was. This is just another addition to the toolset of the modern day narcissist.
        Jim
        • 1 Year Ago
        @The Other Bob
        I'm just disappointed that there isn't a separate interface out by the car's gas cap. How will people know where you are for the 4 minutes it takes to fill up?
          JF
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jim
          Nice one Jim :)
      Mario
      • 1 Year Ago
      Way to much technology in modern cars today.
        XJ Yamaha
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mario
        Yeah, why we don't still use crank starts and 3 speed transmissions is beyond me. Boo technology.
      zoom_zoom_zoom
      • 1 Year Ago
      I count 42 buttons.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @zoom_zoom_zoom
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        Jim
        • 1 Year Ago
        I agree. This is crazy. If I need to be located after a breakdown or crash I'd be much better served to have a GM with OnStar. And if I want my friends to know my location I can just use that existing feature on my Android phone. Not getting this.
      T
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is nothing new. I've used this app on my cell phone for a couple of years now, and only a few times. You don't need this added to a car if you have a smart phone. Ford should make their Sync more user friendly rather than try to add another level of complexity to a poorly conceived operating system. Better yet, automakers, make it so your systems will allow for downloading apps that we really want like I can do on my Android tablet.
      bubba_roe
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love having my where abouts tracked.
      telm12345
      • 1 Year Ago
      All this technology will be at the forefront of OEMs in the next few years. It'll be interesting how to see how they balance features with functionality and ease of use - can't have all three.
      Sekinu2
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thats just a bad bad idea using Glympse. So now a simple install or hack and someone can stalk or track any person with the software installed. The government I am sure will love this as it will make it very easy for them to track citizens. The techonology is nice but things like tweetr,, facebook, glympse or other social apps need to be banned by law from cars as these are just more distractions to the driver and in todays world of stupid you can no longer assume drivers are basically intelligent safe, or have common sense.
      whofan
      • 1 Year Ago
      I`m going to be an old car driving fool.
      ptzstv
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ford and most new cars are so uncomfortable for tall people. Dodge Charger may be the only answer. 300 also
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