When it comes to success stories, there is none better than Ford. We know that automakers have had it hard over the past couple of years, but Ford was able to ride out the storm and are now showing a profit. They have done this by staying ahead of the field; this is evident with their latest announcement at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show, as they are to offer Twitter support for their Sync system.
Ford Chief Executive Alan Mulally took to the stage at CES to show how Ford owners will be able to keep up-to-date with Twitter, as well as listen to Internet radio, get free turn-by-turn maps, check movie times and much more. To do this you will need Ford’s Sync system with its 8-inch screen and voice command control, something that will be coming to Ford’s latest cars coming out in the spring.
During his keynote speech, Mulally said, “These are the features that set us apart.” 2010 is seen as an important year for Ford, they know they have to keep offering new features on their vehicles to stay ahead of the game, so allowing third party developers the chance to integrate their devices to Sync is seen as a step in the right direction.
This year will see Ford team up with the likes of AOL and Google to offer street directions along with a host of other useful information. iTunes tagging is also available on the Ford Sync system, more details can be found here. When Ford first launched its Sync system two years ago there were only 100 voice commands available, now there are more then 1000.
According to LA Times, when Ford first launched Sync, they did not know how important it would become, as models with this technology are selling almost twice as fast as those without. This number is expected to grow as the system offers newer features throughout the year.