- Domino's pizza has been added to the expanding lineup of mobile apps Ford drivers can use hands-free, the company announced at the 2014 International CES.
- Ford will launch its improved Sync AppLink in-car connectivity system first on the 2015 Ford Mustang.
- The improved Sync AppLink will be available on more than 1.5 million Ford vehicles, including the Ford Fiesta, Edge, Explorer, Flex, Taurus and F-150, among others.
LAS VEGAS — Ford is making it easier to order a Domino's pizza, access an ADT security system, find a parking spot and choose mood music, the automaker announced at the 2014 International CES.
The automaker unveiled the new and improved Ford Sync AppLink in-car connectivity system, which will debut first on the 2015 Ford Mustang. The improved Sync AppLink will be available on more than 1.5 million Ford vehicles, including the Ford C-Max Hybrids, Fiesta, Edge, E-Series, Expedition, Explorer, F-150, Flex, Focus, Fusion, Super Duty, Taurus and Transit Connect.
Ford knows its customers aren't just hungry for high-tech features in their next car, they're just plain hungry.
It joined with Michigan-based Domino's Pizza to make it easier to order a pie with simple voice commands.
Customers who have a registered Pizza Profile on the Domino's mobile app, as well as the Sync AppLink, may save a favorite pizza combination, address and payment information. Using the Easy Order function on the Sync system, the order can then be placed using voice commands.
"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, in a statement. "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."
Ford forged a similar partnership with Parkopedia, which offers real-time space availability information for drivers searching for parking spaces. With more than 28 million parking spots listed, AppLink users will be able to find a spot and get pricing information through simple voice commands, eliminating the need to touch their mobile phone while driving.
Nor will they have to grab their phone to choose some mood music. Say the word "energetic," "soothing" or "somber," or whatever the mood may be, and the HABU Music smartphone app, with Gracenote developers help, will launch that genre.
Drivers who have security provider ADT's Pulse app may now use the AppLink to vocally arm or disarm their security system, ensure windows and doors are closed, and adjust their lighting and heating remotely.
"The ADT Pulse app shows that everything in our lives is becoming increasingly interconnected," Marchwicki said. "Now, working with other technology companies, we are able to see what a truly connected world is starting to look like."
Edmunds says: By building relationships with business partners, Ford is finding yummy ways to improve the driver's experience.