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Apps That Aren’t Just For Phones: SYNC AppLink and More!

Every new smartphone has the ability to use a variety of apps.  Need to find restaurant?  There’s an app for that!  How about music?  There’s an app for that too!  So what if your car had the ability to do that too?

  • SYNC more content from your phone with SYNC AppLink
  • New Apps exclusive to Ford Vehicles help you get the most out of your car
  • Truck Apps available on the 2015 F-Series
  • Track Apps available on the 2015 Ford Mustang

Don’t worry!  Ford’s got you covered with their SYNC AppLink system.  It connects your smartphone’s apps to your Ford vehicle through SYNC’s hands-free communication system.  AppLink lets you stream radio with apps such as Pandora, Spotify, and even some local radio stations too!  By just saying “thumbs up” to a song, Pandora recognizes it, and will like the song for you, hands-free!  Need to keep up to date in current news?  The Wall Street Journal and NPR both have apps compatible with AppLink.  MLB even has a compatible app so you can follow your favorite team on the go.

Ford even introduced some apps for their vehicles too.  For example, in the new 2015 Mustang you’ll find Track Apps.  These apps (for use on racetracks only!) provide useful features to help you get the most performance out of your car.  There are 5 Track Apps available on the 2015 Mustang: Accelerometer, Acceleration Timer, Brake Performance, Line Lock, and Launch Control.  The Accelerometer allows you to monitor lateral and longitudinal G forces applied to the vehicle, while the Acceleration timer helps you do precisely that, time your acceleration and keep track of your data for later.  Brake Performance allows you to measure the distance its takes you to stop, and the amount of time too.  Launch control is a classic performance feature, which helps you to get the most grip and speed off the line, thanks to its easy to calculate data and RPM setting.  Line Lock is undoubtedly the coolest feature on the 2015 Mustang.  This feature locks the front brakes to keep the car stable, so the driver can perform a perfect burnout.  Can your car do that?  Well unless you own a new Mustang I guess not.

Line Lock in action!

Ford Truck enthusiasts also have some exciting new apps to use as well.  New 2015 Ford F-Series and Expedition models have the option of Truck Apps.  These apps provide useful help when towing or off-roading.  Towing apps can save information for different trailers you use, manage their use and mileage, and help with Trailer Brake control.  They also provide a handy checklist that makes sure you cover all the necessary steps to properly tow a trailer.  Off-road apps monitor lateral, vertical, and turning radius info.  It also keeps track of the vehicle’s four-wheel-drive system to show how the power is going to the wheels with the help of a traction control status.

Truck App

Track or truck, Ford is showing the auto industry that apps aren’t just for phones anymore. They’re now used for doing insanely cool burnouts on racetracks. Bet your fruit ninja game couldn’t do that trick.

                              

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