CARMAKER Ford has announced that its Sync Applink software is coming to Europe.
Broadcasting the news at the Midem music industry conference in France over the weekend, Ford said that Applink - a proprietary interface that controls applications on smartphones and offers more voice activated services in the car - will be in Europe by the end of the year.
When it arrives, Applink will enable drivers to listen to radio stations and songs streamed to the car via their smartphone. Ford customers in the US have already had access to the service since last year, with apps available such as Amazon Cloud Player, iHeartradio, Tunein Radio, Pandora and Rhapsody.
Ford said it will announce the first apps available in Europe "in the near future".
The announcement means that Ford will also be opening its developer program for Sync Applink in the UK, something the firm unveiled at CES in Las Vegas earlier this month.
Claiming to be the world's first open developer programme for the automotive industry, Ford's new website launched earlier this month at developer.ford.com and allows anybody with a great idea to build their application for a Ford vehicle.
Developers can download the SDK and will be able to launch their Sync connected apps with voice control built-in.
Ford Sync, a voice activated in-car connectivity system, debuted in Europe last year following its introduction in North America. Sync is available in Europe on vehicles including the Ford Fiesta, B-MAX, Kuga, Focus ST, Transit and Transit Custom models. µ
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