In the beginning, there were smart people. These smart people invented the smart phone. Then the smart TV. And now the smart home and the smart car. In all, an entire “Internet of Things” that is becoming more sophisticated and notably more connected.
At CES, Ford explored how a connection between a smart car and a smart home using SYNC 3 could help bring them all together. The voice-activated SYNC 3 infotainment system would work seamlessly with the Amazon Echo and the Wink platform, which comprises over 100 smart products from brands like GE, Philips and Honeywell. With half of consumers indicating intent to buy at least one smart home product in 2016, the market is expanding rapidly and shows no signs of slowing down.
Through Amazon’s cloud-based voice service Alexa, the SYNC integration will enable Ford owners to control everything from thermostats and security systems to garage doors and lights directly from their vehicle. At the same time, users will be able to check vehicle range, unlock their car and start the engine from their living room.
“Consumers increasingly want to stay connected to their homes while on the move,” said Don Butler, Ford executive director, Connected Vehicle and Services. “Linking smart devices like Amazon Echo and Wink to vehicles via SYNC would fulfill that desire, and allow consumers to connect with their vehicles even when they aren’t behind the wheel.”
With over 15-million SYNC-equipped vehicles already out in the wild and 43 million expected by 2020, Ford’s platform is uniquely positioned to enable a wide cross-section of consumers to take advantage of smart home innovations and enjoy unprecedented levels of connectivity.
“Connecting homes and cars is all about making life easier and convenient for our customers,” said Butler. “As smart homes and smart cars continue to evolve, SYNC technology makes it easy to implement features that will make life better and more convenient for our customers.”