Ford Adds Google Maps to 'Send to SYNC' Service

Posted by at 11:50 am on June 8, 2010

Ford has been on a roll releasing new features to SYNC. Here is a another one.   Soon you will be able to select a destination on Google Maps and send it to your Ford, Lincoln or Mercury vehicles SYNC system. Ford previously announced the same feature for MapQuest.

“Printing paper directions from a website is a relic in our digital age,” said Doug VanDagens, director of Ford Connected Services Solutions Organization.

How to send to SYNC

When users visit Google Maps on the web to find locations, they will have the option to send a selected destination to their SYNC system in their vehicle via a “send” menu on the site. Once in the vehicle, the driver connects to SYNC TDI using the “Services” voice command, and when prompted, confirms the request to download the Google Maps destination into the vehicle.

The optimal route is calculated in the cloud using the latest traffic information then sent to the car. If the vehicle is equipped with a map-based navigation system, the destination point is downloaded directly to that system, which then calculates the route based on the in-vehicle navigation preferences set by the driver.

Send to SYNC functionality, are cloud-based, no vehicle updates are required and they will be available to all owners who have registered for TDI services through Ford is currently the only automaker offering this capability without requiring a paid subscription to a telematics service.

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