Ford announces in-car apps for parking, pizza and more

American auto maker Ford Motor Co. on Tuesday used the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 (CES 2014) in Las Vegas to announce some very exciting new apps for its in-dash Sync AppLink.

When the company's all-new Mustang will go on sale later this year, its new SYNC AppLink system will provide drivers easier access to new features from several of their favorite mobile apps on the move. Using the apps, drivers will be able to find space for parking and even order a pizza from Domino's while on the go.

The in-dash Sync system, which allows users to control the car's radio and climate and other accessories through voice and touch commands, aims to transform cars into personal electronic devices by eliminating conventional buttons and switches.

Raj Nair, vice president of global product development at Ford, said, "We are now making the in-vehicle app experience simpler and more intuitive to further help drivers keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road."

To allow Sync users to find nearby parking space for their vehicles, Ford has partnered with parking information firm Parkopedia; and to allow owners of its future cars to order a pizza while driving home without using a phone, the automaker has partnered with pizza giant Domino's.

The new Ford Mustang is going to be the first model in North America to feature the easier menus, improved voice control and other new capacities of SYNC AppLink system.

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