Published: November 02, 2015 | Dearborn, MI
Media group RTL Germany has announced an in-car communication partnership with Ford wherein drivers will be able to use voice commands to control two RTL apps through the Ford SYNC with AppLink system. These are the Wetter.de weather app and the n-tv news app. Currently, there are 67 smartphone apps accessible through the SYNC AppLink system in over 5 million vehicles.
Wetter.de gives the local weather forecast. Users can get regionally relevant information such as local traffic updates and – for winter- and water-sports resorts – the relevant snow and water conditions. The weather team at RTL Interactive has also expanded the free weather forecast by seven days.
The users can access professional, zoomable maps on which they can have relevant weather information such as temperature, rain, wind strength and direction displayed.
Ford motor company announced three new voice controlled apps for Ford SYNC with AppLink: Ministry of Sound, Wetter.de and n-tv. Ministry of Sound, Wetter.de and n-tv join the recently announced Meople.Connector app, offering updates from social media networks such as Twitter and LinkedIn – as the newest Ford SYNC with AppLink partners to further enhance the Ford in-car experience.
Ford’s SYNC AppLink technology already enables drivers to voice-activate smartphone apps, including ADAC, Audioteka, AUPEO!, Cityseeker by Wcities, Cyclops, DetektorFM , DIE WELT, Eventseeker by Wcities, Glympse, Goal Live Scores, Radioplayer, Roald Dahl Audiobooks, Soundtracker, and Spotify.
Wetter.de can use the vehicle’s display and audio system to deliver current weather information based on GPS location, including temperature, risk of rain, and wind speed and direction. Ford’s first weather app partner for Germany also enables drivers to know the three-day forecast, set their favourite locations and be alerted to weather warnings. The app will soon be available on Android in German.
n-tv enables drivers to listen to international, national and business news both with comprehensive and abbreviated reports, and to access selected news articles from n-tv editorial. Drivers can also be informed about breaking news via headlines shown on the vehicle display. The app is available on iOS and Android in German.