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Drivers can receive directions in their vehicles at no additional cost

Ford is scheduled to release a "Send to SYNC" service that includes Google Maps later this month which allows drivers to choose a destination on Google Maps and send it to the SYNC on their Ford, Mercury or Lincoln vehicles for free.

"Send to SYNC" is a new addition to the Ford Service Delivery Network, which is the automaker's "cloud-based architecture," that provides a menu of voice-activated services attainable through a user's mobile phone, and will be available to existing 2010-11 Ford vehicles that already have SYNC with Traffic, Directions & Information (TDI). 

On the Google Maps website, users will have the choice to send their desired location to SYNC by navigating to the "Send" menu on the site. Then, when a user connects to SYNC TDI in their vehicle, they confirm the request to download the selected Google Maps location and it is stored under the "services" voice command. The latest traffic information is downloaded and applied to the chosen Google Maps directions sent to the vehicle. 

"Printing paper directions from a website is a relic in our digital age," said Doug VanDagens, director of Ford Connected Services Solutions Organization. "With 'Send to SYNC,' you can map a destination at home, at work - wherever you have connectivity - and when you get to your car, it already knows where you want to go. 

"It's convenient and it eliminates the waste and distraction of paper maps, conserving resources while helping drivers keep their eyes on the road."

Cloud-based services offered by the SYNC TDI include news, stocks, movie listings, horoscopes, and the forthcoming "Send to SYNC" service. No vehicle software updates are ever required and no additional hardware is required either, hence, there are no extra costs involved. 

In addition to Ford SYNC's partnership with Google, the auto company will also have a similar feature for Mapquest as well later this year. 

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Ford is making me rethink
By phantom505 on 6/9/2010 2:51:20 AM , Rating: 2
I'm in the market for the ~$20k vehicle, in this case a Ford Fusion was in the running vs Accord and a couple others. SYNC seemed kinda worthless to me at first but it's capability seems to expanding to the realm of useful. It's becoming hard to say no to Ford.

RE: Ford is making me rethink
By hughlle on 6/9/2010 7:04:18 AM , Rating: 2
souds like a fairly good idea, although for me personally, i have no difficulties reading a map or planning my route in advance, but i'm sure there are a lot of people who'll get good use out of a feature like this.

RE: Ford is making me rethink
By Chaser on 6/9/2010 9:01:08 AM , Rating: 3
Navigation systems provide far more utility than reading a map in advance or planning a trip. In larger urban areas with six or more lanes of traffic, one ways, and other situations flipping through a map with six cars honking their horns behind you or trying to remember which turn of 15th you need to take can become rather taxing.

Having spoken directions while you are driving so you dont have to fumble through a map or being able to locate the nearest gasoline station during your trip makes any decent navigation system worth it's weight in gold.

RE: Ford is making me rethink
By therealnickdanger on 6/9/2010 9:26:53 AM , Rating: 2
When I bought my car in 2005, I paid extra for the built-in navigation and it was the best decision I made. I don't normally have trouble finding my way around, but having navigation is the bee's knees. I can go anywhere I want, explore and investigate on a whim, then plot a course back to my hotel or other destination that I'm familiar with. I can find cool restaurants or movie theaters or whatever else I need to find.

Of course, now that my phone has built-in navigation with real-time traffic updates and all that jazz, the in-car navigation is becoming somewhat outdated (despite the new DVD I get each year).

RE: Ford is making me rethink
By Dr of crap on 6/9/2010 10:29:22 AM , Rating: 2
I am in no way against Ford and it many virtues - but this is just over kill.
How many times do you go someplace you've not driven to before?
Maybe twice a year?
And as the poster about said, you check it out online before hand. NO one uses maps anymore.
ALL those Tom Tom and other GPS devices sold in the past years are most likely just a gift given buy someone that didn't have anything else to give. ( gift cards anyone )
And I'd guess over 75% don't get used at all anymore.
I'm just saying it's a marketing thing to get you to buy, but will not be used that much.

RE: Ford is making me rethink
By ClownPuncher on 6/9/2010 11:45:03 AM , Rating: 2
How many times do you go someplace you've not driven to before?
Maybe twice a year?

Personally, once or twice a month. I would definitely use this if I were in the market for a new car. Ford is proving that American car companies can be successful and competetive in the '10.

RE: Ford is making me rethink
By Spuke on 6/9/2010 12:27:22 PM , Rating: 2
Personally, once or twice a month.
Same here. I live outside a large urban area and a navigation system is invaluable.

RE: Ford is making me rethink
By hughlle on 6/10/2010 6:53:28 AM , Rating: 2
once a week. i have a sense of direction though, and am intelligent enough to remember where i drove and which turnings i took. all sat-nav has done for me is try and drive me off the side of a bridge. i'm better than it is :P haha

RE: Ford is making me rethink
By karielash on 6/9/2010 9:41:09 AM , Rating: 2

When I got my Focus I did not think I would use sync much at all, after 18 months I find I use it all the time. It's an added value to a great car.

RE: Ford is making me rethink
By Spivonious on 6/9/2010 9:48:30 AM , Rating: 2
I was all for the Fusion, but then I drove one. It felt big and heavy, although I'm used to driving around in my Focus. If you're looking at Accords, wait for next year's Focus to come out. It should be closer in class to that, since the Fiesta is the new compact.

RE: Ford is making me rethink
By donxvi on 6/9/2010 12:41:01 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, an Accord is bigger than a Fusion already by 5 cubic feet on the interior. It's closer to a Taurus than a Fusion, much less a Focus!

RE: Ford is making me rethink
By Spivonious on 6/9/2010 1:52:25 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, I got the models mixed up. I saw Accord and thought "mid-size", but it seems that Accord is Honda's biggest sedan, and the Civic is now the midsize, with the Fit being the compact.

So Fusion->Accord, new Focus->Civic, Fiesta->Fit

RE: Ford is making me rethink
By Samus on 6/9/2010 8:54:09 PM , Rating: 2
So Fusion->Accord, new Focus->Civic, Fiesta->Fit

Actually it's Taurus/Accord, Focus/Civic, Fiesta/Fit.

The Fusion doesn't have a competing product in it's price:size segment. That's probably why it's selling so well because people get one instead of a Camry or Accord either thinking it's the same size or accepting it's only 85% of the size at 85% of the cost.

I honestly thought the fusion would flop when it came out. Boy was I wrong.

RE: Ford is making me rethink
By Spuke on 6/9/2010 1:18:56 PM , Rating: 2
If you're looking at Accords, wait for next year's Focus to come out. It should be closer in class to that, since the Fiesta is the new compact.
The new Focus, although larger than the present Focus, will still be smaller than the Fusion nevermind the Accord.

Google, Mapquest...what about Bing?
By Spivonious on 6/9/2010 9:49:40 AM , Rating: 2
I find it hard to believe that an MS developed service won't have a tie in to Bing (the superior map application IMO).

By cigar3tte on 6/9/2010 10:29:39 AM , Rating: 2
My thoughts exactly when I read this article.

By donxvi on 6/9/2010 12:39:04 PM , Rating: 2
Well, right now Bing doesn't have support for sending directions to your car like google maps does (google can also send to a few other brands already), but you're right, there's no reason Bing can't add another option to send directions to your Ford, just like they have for sending to your email, phone or GPS.

GM adds Google Maps to OnStar too
By Gungel on 6/9/2010 7:43:10 AM , Rating: 2
Just a day after Ford announced that they add Google Maps, GM did the same for its OnStar eNav technology. OnStar is only free for the first year while Fords Sync is always free for the user. The main difference is that Ford requires you to have a mobile phone connected while GM works with the integrated OnStar system.

By KillerNoodle on 6/9/2010 8:05:03 AM , Rating: 2
Check the dates...they both announced this on the same day.

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