How Ford SYNC 3 Works with Life360 & AccuWeather?
Ford Motor Company has just announced some new features that will come with the all-new Ford Sync 3 infotainment system. The latest Blue Oval technology is going to be introduced at the upcoming 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this January.
Having in mind drivers’ habits and the way how we use infotainment systems and smartphones today, they thought about using the modern day technology to improve safety. Working with the Life360 smartphone app, which is used to be in close contact with family and friends, the Ford Sync 3 system will notify all your contacts that you’re behind the wheel.
At the moment when you connect your smartphone with the Sync 3 infotainment system, the app will automatically send a message to all your contacts to discourage them from texting while you’re driving. It will also send a follow-up message after you turn off the car.
Julius Marchwicki, Ford Connected Services Product manager said:
“With the integration of Life360 Drive Mode, we are helping to keep drivers’ attention on the road by letting their loved ones know that they are behind the wheel, encouraging family members and friends to hold off on sending texts.”
Since the Ford Sync 3 system has already been integrated with the Life360, they will use its advanced voice recognition to employ it for other app usages. The Life360 app can tell you where your contacts are located, so asking a simple question without taking your eyes off the road can give you an answer where you friend or family member is.
Thanks to the Ford Sync AppLink the new Sync 3 infotainment system will be able to deliver very precise weather information. In cooperation with AccuWeather MinuteCast, the infotainment system will virtually bring you a personalized weather report.
Using your GPS location the system will determine what kind of weather conditions might be expected soon.
“The new integration of AccuWeather for Ford SYNC AppLink will bring our customers the most up-to-date weather information while on the road,” said Mr. Marchwicki. “The system is easy to use, and with the addition of MinuteCast, drivers will get minute-by-minute forecasts for up to two hours to help them make safer driving decisions during bad weather.”
The Sync 3 system will warn you using a static image of the expected weather and an audio warning. Also, it will estimate the time of the precipitation.
They’re working on expanding the list of countries where this is available. Currently, the list includes the U.S., Canada, UK, Ireland and Japan.