Samsung Gear S2 or Gear S3 smartwatch owners will soon be able to integrate their devices with Ford SYNC-equipped vehicles, by using the new Gear Auto Link app, which is expected to launch in the spring of this year. Using Ford SYNC, drivers are able to control compatible smartphone apps using their voice or the in-vehicle touch screen. If you are an application developer, you can create apps compatible with SYNC by downloading and integrating the AppLink software from the Ford Developer Program website.

When it’s time for you to park your car, the App sends a notification to the smartwatch, meaning you no longer need to get your smartphone out of your pocket in order to note your parking location. Users can then complete saving the location with a minimum amount of taps on the wearable devices screen. The location is actually provided by the car’s GPS navigation system. If you are parked inside a garage, you can also enter your specific location details, such as the level you are parked on and any other location indicators.

CES-2017-Samsung-Gear-Auto-Link-App-1Parking up is obviously only one-half of the story and you also need to find your way back to your car, and so the watch can give you navigation directions back, nice!

“The power of Ford SYNC is its flexibility to connect to new devices and services,” said Dave Hatton, Ford global manager, mobile applications and emergency services. “As wearable technology advances, connecting your vehicle to these devices holds immense potential to help make your life more convenient and more personalized.”

 

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