Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F) said that it would integrate Google’s (NASDAQ: GOOG) Maps service into its Sync system so that drivers can receive directions in their vehicles for no additional cost.
The Detroit automaker plans to release a service called “Send to SYNC” which will allow drivers to select a destination on Google Maps and send it to the SYNC system on their Ford, Lincoln or Mercury vehicle/
The new “Send to SYNC” system is the latset addition to the Ford Service Delivery Network (FSDN), which is a cloud-based system which provides users various voice-activated services through a user’s mobile phone. Send to SYNC will be available in all 2010 and 2011 vehicles which already have SYNC integrated.
Users will have the option to send their destination to SYNC on the Google Maps website by selecting the “send” menu on the site. After a user connects to SYNC TDI in their vehicle, they can confirm that they want to downloaded the sent destination and it will be stored under the “services” voice command.
“Printing paper directions from a website is a relic in our digital age,” said Doug VanDagens, director of Ford Connected Services Solutions Organization to the press. “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.”