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The news keeps pouring in from the Consumer Electronics Show now underway in Las Vegas, and the latest comes from Ford which has announced two new apps for its Sync AppLink system.

First up is a cooperative app launched by Ford together with Domino's Pizza that lets drivers of the former order pizza from the latter right from their car. The service allows those with Ford Sync AppLink in their car or truck and are registered with a Domino's Pizza Profile to place an order for their favorite pie using Dearborn's voice-recognition software for either pickup or delivery. Save your information in your Pizza Profile and it'll be sent to your house without even the push of a button, which strikes us as awesome a use of technology as we've ever seen.

The second announcement is the result of a similar collaboration, this time between Ford and Parkopedia. Using a dedicated app, drivers will be able to access Parkopedia's 28-million listed parking spots, find the nearest one and see how much it'll cost them to park there. Easy pizza and pain-free parking? This whole connected car thing just might be worth it after all.
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Jan 7, 2014 | Las Vegas
Domino's Pizza, Ford Unveil Latest Ordering App Innovation Using SYNC AppLink System

- Domino's and Ford to demo brand-new ordering platform using SYNC® AppLink™ at 2014 International CES on Jan. 8
- Ford drivers with SYNC AppLink-equipped vehicles will be able to easily order their saved Domino's order for pickup or delivery using voice commands

Domino's Pizza® and Ford Motor Company not only share the same backyard in the Detroit area, but also a belief in the importance of innovation.

Tomorrow, at the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas, the recognized world leader in pizza delivery and the second-largest U.S.-based automaker will unveil the latest in innovation and convenience when it comes to ordering Domino's.

Available soon, Domino's customers who have a registered Pizza Profile on their Domino's mobile app, as well as the Ford SYNC® AppLink™ in-car connectivity system, will be able to use that combination to place their saved Easy Order™ in just a few simple, voice-activated steps.

"This is, no question, one of the coolest in a long list of recent technology innovations for Domino's," said Patrick Doyle, Domino's Pizza president and CEO. "To be able to work with a brand like Ford, with its terrific SYNC technology, and offer yet another way to bring our ordering app experience to life makes it all the better.

"We will continue to come up with every way possible to conveniently order from Domino's, and use technology to offer the best customer experience possible," added Doyle. "This is just the latest step, and we are very excited to roll this out later this year."

Domino's customers can save their favorite pizza combination, address and payment information using the Easy Order function at http://www.dominos.com or on their mobile app. The order can then be placed using simple voice commands provided by the SYNC system.

"We're thrilled to add Domino's to the ever-expanding lineup of mobile apps Ford drivers can use hands-free," said Julius Marchwicki, global product manager for Ford SYNC AppLink. "Americans love pizza, and now they can have one ready for pickup or delivery when they are on their way home or heading to a gathering with friends."

The industry-leading AppLink feature enables drivers to control selected apps on connected smartphones and tablets using the SYNC voice button on the steering wheel or the audio system buttons of equipped Ford vehicles.

SYNC AppLink is available on more than 1.5 million Ford vehicles including Fiesta, Mustang, Edge, Explorer, Flex, Expedition, Transit Connect, Fusion, Taurus, F-150, Super Duty, Focus, E-Series and C-MAX hybrids.

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Jan 7, 2014 | Las Vegas
Parkopedia Launches In-Car, Voice-Activated Parking Spot Discovery App for Ford SYNC AppLink

- Using Ford SYNC® AppLink™, Parkopedia® app users can find the closest parking spot and check on availability using simple voice commands
- Parkopedia offers detailed information on more than 28 million parking spaces in 40 countries

Parkopedia®, the leading parking information provider with more than 28 million parking spots listed, announces an app compatible with the Ford SYNC® AppLink™ in-car connectivity system. Using the AppLink interface, drivers will be able to locate available nearby parking spots and get pricing information through simple voice commands, eliminating the need to touch their mobile phone while driving.

"Parkopedia provides real-time space availability information for drivers, allowing drivers to go directly to the open spot as opposed to circling the block searching for an opening," said Eugene Tsyrklevich, CEO of Parkopedia. "At Parkopedia, we understand the value of the connected car.

"Working with Ford will help us reach millions of consumers who want to use technology to arrive at their destinations efficiently and on time, while hopefully avoiding a few parking tickets along the way," he added.

To use Parkopedia, drivers of SYNC AppLink-equipped Ford vehicles need to have the app installed on an iOS or Android-based smartphone. Drivers can activate Parkopedia by pressing the SYNC voice button on the steering wheel and saying "Mobile applications," and then "Parkopedia," to begin finding real-time available parking spots.

"Parkopedia is another example of how Ford is going further to heighten the driver experience so our customers feel their vehicle is working with them to get where they are going," said Julius Marchwicki, global product manager for Ford SYNC AppLink. "Parkopedia has a similar goal to Ford – to deliver a more convenient and efficient driving experience through the use of technology."

SYNC AppLink is available on more than 1.5 million Ford vehicles including Fiesta, Mustang, Edge, Explorer, Flex, Expedition, Transit Connect, Fusion, Taurus, F-150, Super Duty, Focus, E-Series and C-MAX hybrids.

For more information regarding Parkopedia and to download the mobile apps, please visit http://en.parkopedia.com/mobile-parking-apps/. The Ford SYNC AppLink-compatible version of Parkopedia will be available as a free update in spring 2014.