Imagine a situation where you are on the road and your friend just texts you the location you need to drive down to. Find it difficult to read the directions from your mobile? Ford has introduced a new ‘Send to SYNC‘ feature that can pull location information from bluetooth-enabled mobile phones to provide voice-activated location directions from Google Maps on your in-car sat-nav system. This is an extension of Ford SYNC.
Doug VanDagens, the director at Ford Connected Services Solutions Organizationsays,
“With Send to SYNC, you can map a destination at home, at work – wherever you have connectivity – and when you get to your car, it already knows where you want to go. It’s convenient and it eliminates the waste and distraction of paper maps, conserving resources while helping drivers keep their eyes on the road.”
The Ford ‘Send to SYNC’ functionality is expected to launch later this month and is the only such application available for free.
The New York Auto Show saw Hyundai unveil the wraps on its new Sonata Hybrid Sedan model. This will get the popular sedan model Hyundai’s Blue Drive hybrid system thus offering better mileage and improved efficiency.
Here are some tech specs that you will need to know
- Engine Cylinder : 2.4 liter, 4 cylinder (Atkinson cycle)
- Power : 209 HP and 195 Pound-feet torque
- Max Speed (at Electric only) : 62 Mph
- Fuel Economy : 37 MPG (City) and 39 MPG (Highway)
- Gearset : Six speed automatic transmission with electric motor
- Batteries : Lithium Polymer
While the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid scores over other hybrid models in some aspects, there are some areas where it needs improvement. For instance, the lithium polymer batteries are a better deal than the conventional nickel metal hydride batteries that can be found on hybrids from Toyota and Ford. However the fuel economy is not as good as that offered by Toyoto Prius.
Ford has partnered with Microsoft to offer tools that will make energy management easier and affordable for owners of Ford electric cars. The Ford Focus Electric car, due to be launched next year, shall be the first electric vehicle to make use of Microsoft’s Hohm energy management application.
Speaking about this, Alan Mulally, Ford Motor Company president and CEO said,
“Ford and Microsoft both share a strong commitment to contributing to a better world. Today, we begin the next major step in our working together and leading the way for energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. For Ford, this is a needed step in the development of the infrastructure that will make electric vehicles viable.”
Hohm on Ford’s Focus electric car and other upcoming models will help owners determine when and how to efficiently recharge Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) as well as Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV).
[Microsoft News Center via SmartPlanet]