I spent the last 6 days in Taipei this week with Ford, who were the only car manufacturers at Computex. They had a few announcements to make about Ford Sync, their in-vehicle infotainment system.
Some announcements made were: AppLink 2.0, their newest API that gives developers a bunch of new features; the expansion of the Ford Developer Program to the Asian and African markets (developer.ford.com); and the new Ford Kuga, which has been dubbed “Smart SUV”.
I’m not going to go into details about the car itself, it was recently launched in South Africa; however, the MyFord Touch feature will only come to the local market in 2014. Powered by Microsoft, it gives you access to SYNC, but has a full-colour interactive 8-inch screen with simple graphics and bold text, as you can see below:
One of the cool vehicle additions is the automatic tailgate “open sesame” open and kick feature, which lets you open the boot with your foot. It works with two sensors, which activates when you are a meter away from the car; keys in pocket. You just wave your foot under the rear bumper, and viola. Here’s me trying it out:
The rest of the trip was spent meeting up with Ford executives from other regions, sight-seeing and attending a Ford/Microsoft party where we had QR code tattoos put on. Proof that it happened (and picture credit to Ford Taiwan Facebook page):
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