Whether or not they admit it publicly, most automakers and automotive enthusiasts know that Ford has been the undisputed leader in in-car connectivity since debuting its SYNC infotainment system in 2007. With SYNC, The Blue Oval was the first automaker to introduce a connectivity system, and with SYNC AppLink, it was also the first carmaker to launch an application programing interface (API) that allowed software developers to directly interface with a vehicle and create apps to enhance the driving experience.
The AppLink apps, which function as a nearly invisible in-between connectivity layer between SYNC in the vehicle and a user’s smartphone, allow drivers to perform functions on their smartphones using voice commands and in-vehicle controls — all while keeping their hands on the steering wheel and eyes on the road.
The Blue Oval reached a milestone in 2011 by producing its 3-millionth vehicle equipped with SYNC. And by 2015, the automaker estimates that it will have over 14 million vehicles worldwide on the road with SYNC, 7 million of which will be equipped with SYNC AppLink.
The Motrolix Take
The projections of 14 million vehicles with SYNC and 7 million with SYNC AppLink by 2015 are nothing short of impressive, and — to our knowledge — are higher than any other automaker in the world.
Coincidentally, we imagine that the steady, if not accelerating, growth of advanced in-vehicle connectivity is behind Ford’s recent acquisition of software development firm Livio, which the automaker purchased to advance its development of in-car connectivity as well as to build an industry-wide in-car connectivity standard.
In any event, here’s to continuous and relentless innovation in all areas of technology at Ford, including advanced and safe in-car connectivity.