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MyFord Mobile App for Smartwatch

New MyFord Mobile App Update Connects Your Car to Your Smartwatch

MyFord Mobile App for Smartwatch

With all the modern technology Ford offers across its lineup, it’s no wonder that the automaker is an early adopter in other tech trends, too. Thanks to a new update to the MyFord Mobile app, those who drive Ford battery electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles can stay in tune with their vehicle just by checking their smartwatch. The new MyFord Mobile app update, available in the Apple App Store and Google Play, allows users to seamlessly sync their smartwatches with their vehicles to keep track of important information.

The app works seamlessly on any type of smartwatch display, from a more rounded face to a square screen. With it, drivers can easily check the range and charge status for their Ford C-MAX Energi, Ford Focus Electric or Ford Fusion Energi. They’ll also be able to lock or unlock their car from anywhere, get walking directions back to the parked car, see a summary of their last trip and keep track of the vehicle’s mileage.

“The app gives drivers the ability to quickly check important data like available range before leaving on a journey – without having to access the mobile application on their smartphone,” said David Hatton, Ford manager of Connected Vehicles and Services, in a release. “The app can also notify users when their car is fully charged, helping a driver be courteous to other electric vehicle owners so they can free up the charging spot or avoid fees applied at some charging stations when you overrun your time after the charge is complete.”

If you’re not yet behind the wheel of a Ford plug-in hybrid or electric vehicle and you’re interested in one, visit our Ford dealership near Lancaster, PA. We’ll explain all the benefits of owning a Ford C-MAX Energi, Ford Focus Electric or Ford Fusion Energi, and get you behind the wheel for a test-drive.

Ford HP Infographic

Ford Finds Potential New Fleet Efficiencies with HP Experiment

At our Ford dealership near Elizabethtown, PA, we sell a wide variety of Ford fleet vehicles designed to help businesses get where they need to go. From pickup trucks like the Ford F-150 and Super Duty F-350 to vans like the Transit Connect and Transit Cargo Vans, we’re well-equipped to give Pennsylvania businesses the mobility they need.

That also makes us particularly interested in the variety of fleet innovations Ford’s digging into, including a recent collaboration between the automaker and Hewlett-Packard that revealed some interesting trends in terms of when, why and where fleet drivers make stops. Using information gathered from national HP fleet vehicles, the program relayed that drivers share similar coffee, airport, parking and refueling habits.
That might not seem like a big deal, but when you consider the sizeable fleets many major corporations use today, finding even small efficiencies can lead to big shifts when it comes down to the bottom line.

“The Fleet Insights experiment is one of the first steps to better understand and learn about how driving behavior is changing,” said Marcy Klevorn, Ford vice president and chief information officer. “Fleets could see operating costs lowered through national buying contracts and improved utilization and maintenance, while individual drivers could receive coupons or create cooperative pools to share unused vehicles.”

Curious to learn more about the Ford and HP study? Take a look at the infographic below!

Ford HP Infographic

Ford SYNC

Ford Fuels Industry Growth With Technological Advancements

Ford SYNCAt our Ford dealership near Landisville, PA, we love selling reliable, powerful vehicles to our customers. Yet sometimes it’s easy to overlook just how far Ford has come in terms of automotive technology, too. From eco-friendly advancements to entertainment integration to new safety features and more, Ford is constantly working on new technology that improves your daily drives.

In the past several weeks alone, Ford’s made big headlines twice for some of its most recent technological achievements. Learn more below!

 

Ford Opens Up Electrified Vehicle Development Patents to Competitors

Ford’s first piece of news came in late May, when the iconic automaker announced that it had opened up its portfolio of electrified vehicle technology patents to competitive automakers in order to catalyze industry-wide progress in the field. Ford filed for 400-plus electrified vehicle patents in 2014 alone, which made up more than 20 percent of the total patents filed by the company last year.

Why did Ford decide to cede some of its competitive advantage? According to Kevin Layden, director of the Ford Electrification Programs, collaboration is key when it comes to the evolution of electrified vehicles.

“The way to provide the best technology is through constant development and progress,” Layden said. “By sharing our research with other companies, we will accelerate the growth of electrified vehicle technology and deliver even better products to customers.”

As of today, Ford offers six hybrid or fully electrified vehicles: the Ford Focus Electric, Ford Fusion Hybrid, Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, Ford C-MAX Hybrid, Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid and the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. Through the sharing of Ford’s technology, hopefully eco-conscious consumers will receive even more electrified choices in the years to come.

 

Ford’s SmartDeviceLink Gains Industry Traction

In addition to earning attention for its electrified vehicle technology, Ford also announced that its open-source version of Ford AppLink, SmartDeviceLink (SDL), is gaining traction throughout the automotive industry. Designed to keep automakers in control of user interface design while also boosting customer experience, it’s apparent that SDL could become the standard industry solution for integrating smartphone apps into vehicles.

“At Ford, we view all aspects of time behind the wheel as core to the experience we provide customers,” said Don Butler, executive director of Ford Connective Vehicle and Services.  “We’re pleased other members of the industry feel the same way, and look forward to working together to drive even more support for the SDL developer community.”

Right now in Ford vehicles equipped with SYNC, AppLink allows for smartphone apps such as Spotify, Pandora and iHeartRadio to be accessed by drivers via voice recognition and dashboard controls. Toyota is studying SmartDeviceLink for possible integration into its vehicles, meaning more drivers than ever may soon have control of entertaining and informative apps as they drive!

 

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