Ford has joined hands with AccuWeather for providing weather related services on the Ford SYNC infotainment system. As a result of this collaboration, weather updates from AccuWeather will be easily available in Ford vehicles with the use of a smartphone app synced with Ford SYNC AppLink.
With this tie-up, AccuWeather will also provide its MinuteCast service to Ford SYNC AppLink customers. MinuteCast provides minute-by-minute weather forecasting, information about precipitation type, intensity and duration to the driver, all with the use of an exact street address or GPS.
The company will demonstrate this new technology at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, January 6-9 in Las Vegas.
More information is available in the press release below.
FORD, ACCUWEATHER KEEP DRIVERS WEATHER-READY WITH HYPER-LOCAL FORECASTS MINUTE-BY-MINUTE THROUGH SYNC APPLINK – Press Release
Ford and AccuWeather now make using the smartphone app easier by enabling it to work with SYNC® AppLink™. AccuWeather MinuteCast™ brings minute-by-minute, hyper-localized weather forecasts to a driver’s exact street address
AccuWeather for Ford SYNC AppLink helps drivers plan and time their trips around weather conditions, and gives advance warning of inclement weather
Ford Motor Company and AccuWeather are joining together to integrate one of the country’s leading weather apps featuring hyper-localized weather forecasting into the vehicle.
“The new integration of AccuWeather for Ford SYNC AppLink will bring our customers the most up-to-date weather information while on the road,” said Julius Marchwicki, Ford Connected Services Product manager. “The system is easy to use, and with the addition of MinuteCast, drivers will get minute-by-minute forecasts for up to two hours to help them make safer driving decisions during bad weather.”
AccuWeather, a global leader in digital weather information, is introducing its MinuteCast™ to Ford SYNC® AppLink™ customers. The technology uses an exact street address or GPS location to provide minute-by-minute weather forecasting, information about precipitation type, intensity and duration to the driver.
By selecting MinuteCast on the vehicle display menu, the driver will see a static image of the weather condition he or she will soon face, and the time the precipitation is expected to happen on the route. An audio warning will also be delivered. The service is available for a growing list of countries worldwide including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland and Japan.
Steven Smith, chief digital officer for AccuWeather, said the AppLink-enabled AccuWeather app will make getting this information easier for commuters.
“We are thrilled to have our award-winning app available to drivers through SYNC AppLink,” said Smith. “With important features such as severe weather alerts and AccuWeather MinuteCast, our minute-by-minute precipitation forecast, Ford SYNC AppLink is connecting users with the weather information they need when they need it as they travel, to help provide a better driving experience.”
Ford set the benchmark for in-car connectivity with SYNC, which allows drivers to pair their mobile phones, make and receive calls, and operate other features hands-free using voice control.
The new technology will be demonstrated at the 2015 International CES, the largest consumer electronics show, Jan. 6-9 in Las Vegas.