Android Central @ CES Ford's Sync system has been leading the way as far as in-car mobile technology is concerned. With the upcoming launch of the Focus Electric, Ford is leaping into the mobile space with a new app that allows owners to manage their vehicle remotely. While it won't let you drive (sorry James Bond wannabes), the MyFord Mobile app they're showing off at CES 2012 enables Focus Electric owners to manage how and when their cars charge at home, allowing you to set it so the car charges at night off peak hours with lower electric rates or override it to get your car charged up for an impending trip. MyFord Mobile users will also be able to find charging stations out and about and even plan trips around those charging stations (useful, given the 100-mile range of the all-electric vehicle).

The app, which will be available for iOS, Android, and BlackBerry smartphones is launching with the Focus Electric, which itself is ramping up production right now.

 

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Ford talks Focus Electric and its deep integration with Android

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But doesn't their Sync use WinMO? I guess we would be grateful for the app at least. It looks pretty cool.

I know the original Sync was WinCE/WinMo. I'm not sure if their newer versions are android or just custom linux or BSD, maybe even Android. Well, regardless of what they are using as a back-end, as long as it is stable, and the APIs are accessible, then you could make an app for it on whatever you wanted I suppose. The fact that they chose to go with Android first and foremost is a good sign.

Although in this case, I'm not sure if opening those APIs to the public would be advisable, but I know _I_ want to see them.

Sync still runs on Windows Embedded Automotive, along with Fiat and Kia systems. It used to be based on CE, but the latest generation is built on a Windows 7 platform - don't know which version Sync runs on.

Spiffy stuff, but the vehicle itself seems pretty limited. With a range of 100 miles per charge, it could take me 12 days to drive South to Florida...

Hi Derek , Its nice to see you here
Good write up

How about us who uses Good Ol' fashioned fuel ? Will we get something similar ?