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Goodbye paper maps; Ford pairs Sync, Google maps

Staff Report • Jun 9, 2010 at 5:09 AM

Automobile is reporting that Ford’s Sync connectivity system is expanding at an steady pace. Less than a week after updating its 911 Assist services, the company added a new “Send to Sync” feature that pairs Google Maps with Sync’s Traffic, Directions, and Information service.The new “Send to Sync” feature works like most of Sync’s cloud computing features, which utilizes a mobile phone’s data services via a Bluetooth connection. A new function within Google Maps’ online interface allows users to click “send to Sync,” which pushes destination and routing information to their mobile device. Once they’ve connected said device to Sync, the route data is processed into turn-by-turn voice prompts. If the vehicle is already equipped with a navigation system, the directions will be displayed on the display screen. “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,” said Doug VanDagens, director of Ford Connected Services Solutions Organization. “It’s convenient and it eliminates the waste and distraction of paper maps, conserving resources while helping drivers keep their eyes on the road.”Read the full report at Automobile Web site.

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