By Vincent Hennigan
Ford Sync Specialist
Some Ford Sync owners, who also own a smartphone, may be missing a cool option to their Sync system – it’s a mobile application that’s customizable – called Sync Destinations.
With the SYNC® Destinations mobile application you can access traffic information, get turn-by-turn directions, manage Saved Points, and more, using your SYNC Services subscription on your tablet or smartphone.
A mobile application for Sync Services
SYNC® Destinations is a mobile app developed for use with SYNC Services – the optional subscription-based program offered by Ford available on some Ford vehicles. The Sync Destinations application is available for many iPhone®, iPad®, Android™, and BlackBerry® devices.
To find out if Sync Destinations is available for your tablet or smartphone, check your device’s app store. The Sync Destinations App is made by INRIX, Inc. This is for active Sync Services subscribers and it provides downloaded voice-activated turn-by-turn directions, searched destinations and traffic information.
Features of Sync Destinations
View traffic and route information
Get real-time traffic updates, and find out if current traffic is better, worse, or average for your route. Calculate routes anywhere within the contiguous United States, look for alternative routes, and find out how long your trip will take.
Manage SYNC Services Saved Points
Using the app, you can search for a business or address and add it as a Sync Services Saved Point. You can also create Saved Points from your device’s contact list, or from any previously saved destinations.
One of the best features is that you can use your computer to access your Sync Services account and log into and create up to 25 Saved Points. You can also select information, like Sports, News or other information that you can quickly access on your smartphone or in your Sync-equipped vehicle.
First of all, make sure your Sync Services account is active. Visit the www.syncmyride.com website. If you haven’t registered, please go ahead and do this. Use your e-mail address as your User Name and then select a Password. A lot of Ford’s vehicles since 2010 have had access to this subscription-based Sync Services system that works as a primary turn-by-turn navigation system or as a back-up system to Ford owners who have a touch-screen navigation system or a MyFord Touch system. In some cases, vehicle owners qualified for a three-year subscription to Sync Services. It’s regular subscription rate is $60 per year — and its a good value for the services it offers.
Sync Services offers Traffic, Directions, Business Search, Weather, Movies, Horoscopes and Travel. You can also set up “Favorites” with customizable information on Sports, News and Stock Quotes that interest you. With Sync Services, on the topics of Directions and Business Search, you also have the option of accessing a live Operator who can assist you in finding your destination. See the Sync Services page for more information.
The Sync Destinations App lets you access quick information about traffic and your saved points from your smartphone. You can even plan trips out of town on your home computer and have it available so you can download navigation assistance to your vehicle.
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