(AUDIO) Ford Chooses jacAPPS For Ford Sync Integration
Monday at CES, Ford announced that jacAPPS will be the recommended mobile app development house for their new Ford Developer Program. What does this mean for radio? It means jacAPPS can help you get your radio station APP integrated with Ford Sync and its voice-activated system.
Ford Sync allows drivers to voice-activate their phone and stored music. Until this announcement, drivers had to fiddle with their phone, and make sure it was properly connected, to get an individual station app to start in the entertainment system. Ford chose jacAPPS to provide development and technical support to third-party developers wanting to create voice-activated smartphone apps for Ford SYNC© AppLink™. jacAPPS Vice President/General Manager Paul Jacobs said, in our interview, this is a significant breakthrough for the radio industry that will allow AM/FM stations to have parity on the vehicle’s digital screen.
Jacobs said, “Because of our experience in the radio space, combined with our shared history as Detroit-based companies, a natural partnership quickly developed. From there, identifying a radio partner for our announcement was an easy call. Greater Media, who has iconic radio stations here in Detroit – WRIF, WCSX, and WMGC – as well as great radio brands in Philadelphia, Boston, Charlotte, and New Jersey – was the obvious choice.”
Greater Media radio stations that are live in the iTunes App Store and Google Play market with SYNC© AppLink™ functionality include:
Detroit – WRIF, WCSX, WMGC
Boston – WROR, WBOS, WMJX, WKLB, 96.9 FM
New Jersey – WDHA, WRAT
Philadelphia – WMMR, WMGK, WBEN, The Fanatic
Charlotte – WBT-AM, WLNK
"We are thrilled that our radio stations will be easy to find, conveniently connected and seamlessly voice-controlled in Ford SYNC© AppLink™ equipped cars," said Greater Media Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Peter Smyth. "We anticipate being an integral part of the connected car and offering added functionality to our heritage brands."
More information can be found at www.jacAPPS.com or at developer.ford.com.