Ford introduced two new apps at CES that work with its new Sync 3 infotainment system.
On demonstration at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) are Life360 and Accuweather, a pair of safety-oriented apps that are part of the AppLink component of the new Sync 3 system, which is powered by QNX. At the show, the automaker confirmed that it chose to switch to Blackberry’s QNX rather than continuing with Microsoft’s software because it wanted something that was more reliable. According to the American automaker, the Life360 app is the first automotive application of the popular family locator app, which allows users to keep track of their family and friends by displaying locations on a map in addition to individual or group messages.
Unique to the Sync AppLink version of Life360 is a “Drive Mode” that sends text messages to everyone in a person’s circle, warning them to not disturb the user while they are driving. The app will also send a followup message when the driver reaches their destination.
The AccuWeather app uses an exact street address or GPS location to provide the vehicle’s occupants with minute-by-minute weather forecasting, information about precipitation type, intensity and duration to the driver. The app is geared to help drivers plan and time their trips around weather conditions and gives advance warning of inclement weather.
GALLERY: Ford Sync 3 Accuweather / Life360 Apps
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