Ford Software Development Kit (SDK) to Pair Smartphone Apps with SYNC Voice Command

Ford is eleasing a SDK to developers looking to make their smartphone apps compatible with Ford SYNC's voice command system.Since Ford launched its developer website, the company says it has received more than 1,000 submissions from developers looking either to modify their existing apps, or create all-new ones that interface with Ford SYNC's voice commands […]

Ford is eleasing a SDK to developers looking to make their smartphone apps compatible with Ford SYNC's voice command system.

Since Ford launched its developer website, the company says it has received more than 1,000 submissions from developers looking either to modify their existing apps, or create all-new ones that interface with Ford SYNC's voice commands through AppLink -- will debut in the 2011 Fiesta and be compatible with Android and BlackBerry smartphones. iPhone compatibility is expected to come to the system in mid-2011.

"Our goal isn't to have thousands of apps available for the car," said Kuzak in his CTIA keynote, "because there're strict limitations on what should be allowed while driving."

Ford is still considering what apps are appropriate for in-car use, but has named Pandora Internet radio, Stitcher podcatcher, and OpenBeak Twitter client as the first apps to be compatible with AppLink. Beyond that, Ford mentioned location-based services, navigation services, vehicle telemetry, banking and financial apps, and scheduling and travel-planning apps all as acceptable categories.