Ford Announces 6 New Voice-Activated Apps for AppLink in Europe and Asia
Mar-04-2015 4:00 AM ET
BARCELONA, Spain – Ford today announced six new apps for Europe and Asia Pacific that customers will be able to voice-activate using Ford SYNC with AppLink technology, and stay connected on the move.
In Europe, available apps will now include the global leader in football scores and news Goal Live Scores, for real-time football updates from 750 leagues worldwide; AppLink’s first finance app CaixaBank; and Soundtracker for personalized radio stations.
Ford also announced for China Kaola FM that offers access to more than 1 million hours of copyrighted audio; and Xiami Music that offers a library of more than 4 million songs. For Australia, Fairfax Radio will deliver news, talk and sport highlights from the Fairfax Radio Network.
“Across the world AppLink helps customers integrate their devices and the apps they know and love into their car,” said Don Butler, Connected Vehicle and Services, Ford Motor Company. “These new apps, ensure drivers won’t have to wait to know when their team scores, can easily access music and radio shows, and even find a cash machine, while keeping their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel.”
The new apps were announced by Ford at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona during the panel discussion “Is it possible to change the way the world moves?” Hosts Butler and Erica Klampfl, future mobility manager, Ford Research & Advanced Engineering, were joined on the panel by Meg Divitto, vice president, IBM Analytics, and John Gleasure, chief commercial officer, Perform Group.
AppLink in Europe
In Europe, Ford’s AppLink technology already enables drivers to voice-activate smartphone apps ADAC, Audioteka, AUPEO!, Cityseeker by Wcities, Cyclops, DetektorFM , DIE WELT, Eventseeker by Wcities, Glympse, Radioplayer, Roald Dahl Audiobooks, and Spotify.
The new apps extend that range of information, entertainment and services to include:
Goal Live Scores that enables drivers to follow the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, Ligue 1 and Serie A, and international tournaments including the FIFA World Cup, the UEFA European Championship and the UEFA Champions League. Users set favourite teams and leagues, and follow chosen matches. Available for Android in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.
Soundtracker that enables drivers to play stations and to listen to those created by friends and other users. With more than 32 million tracks to choose from, the app also enables drivers to “like” or “dislike” a song. Premium account users can listen to charts from around the world. Available for iOS and Android in English.
CaixaBank that enables drivers to find the nearest branch or ATM, provides addresses, opening hours, and voice-activated direct-dialling telephone numbers. Twice awarded the “Most Innovative Bank of the Year”, CaixaBank is the leading financial group in Spain. Available for Android in Spanish.
AppLink in Asia Pacific
In Asia Pacific, Ford already offers apps including AutoNavi, Baidu, Douban, Pandora, QingTing.fm, Sina, Sogou,Tencent and TuneIn Radio.
Among the leading audio applications in China, Kaola FM allows drivers to choose from nine channels, including for music, news and talk shows. The Alibaba Group’s music service application Xiami Music has tens of millions monthly active users, and drivers will now be able to listen to local music, top hits and playlists selected from the driver’s history and favourites.
In Australia, the Fairfax Radio Network app plays live and recorded news, talk and sport from stations across the Fairfax Radio Network, including Sydney’s 2UE, Melbourne’s 3AW and Magic 1287, Brisbane’s 4BC and Magic 882, Perth’s 6PR and NTS. Drivers can listen to live radio, switch to hourly news updates, and even call the selected station via voice command.