Ford drivers will never again be driving around cities in the vague hope of finding a parking space thanks to new in-car technology developed in conjunction with Parkopedia.
The new app, which was unveiled alongside a new personal radio app at MWC 2014, allows drivers to use Ford SYNC with Voice Control and App Link to search Parkopedia’s library of 15 million spaces across Europe to find the perfect spot.
Parkopedia allows searches to be carried out according to the closest location, cheapest location or availability, and the constantly updated database covers 3,000 towns and cities in 20 countries across Europe.
Whilst searching for that elusive parking spot, drivers will be able to tap into AUPEO!’s music selection that includes 200 curated radio stations and all of this is controlled using Ford’s Voice Control technology.
“Customers want to integrate their personalised digital lives into their daily drive to ensure they are as connected and streamlined on the move as they are the rest of the day,” said Paul Mascarenas, Ford’s chief technical officer and vice president, Research and Innovation. “These new AppLink partnerships significantly extend the growing range of smartphone apps drivers will be able to access by voice while keeping their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel.”
Ford customers in North American have been able to take advantage of the SYNC with Voice Control and AppLink for some time with 1.5 million vehicles already equipped with the technology. Europe, meanwhile, will gets its first taste of the technology in the new Ford EcoSport SUV and Ford is loaning up to 100 of the cars for six months to music, fashion, food and sport bloggers across Europe.
Parkopedia and AUPEO! aren’t the only companies to have teamed with Ford to develop Voice Control apps with the likes of Hotels.com, TomTom, Spotify, Radioplayer and many more already having developed in-car apps for Ford’s vehicles.