Dearborn, Mich. - The 2011 Ford Fiesta has become the first Ford vehicle to offer hands-free voice control of select Internet-connected smartphone apps, and more Ford vehicles will offer the capability in 2011, Ford announced.
In revealing the name of the first vehicle with the long-awaited capability, Ford said 2011 Fiestas already on the road with a Sync system can be upgraded by consumers to add the feature. Drivers go to
to download an AppLink app, transfer it to a USB stick, then plug the stick into their Ford Sync system. The upgrade enables Sync voice control over select apps on Android and BlackBerry Smartphones via Bluetooth. In early 2011, the capability will be extended to select apps on cable-connected iPhones, the company also announced.
Fiesta's Sync system delivers voice control over a vehicle's entertainment systems, Bluetooth-connected cellphones for hands-free calling, and USB-connected MP3 players.
Voice-controllable apps compatible with the Fiesta's Sync system are Pandora for Android v 1.5.3 and higher and Pandora for BlackBerry v 1.1.6 and higher. A Fiesta-compatible Pandora app for iPhones will be available in early 2011.
Also available now for the 2011 Fiesta Sync system is the OpenBeak app for BlackBerry v1.4 and higher. OpenBeak is a Twitter-streaming app with text-to-voice conversion.
The Stitcher app for the Fiesta is coming in early 2011 for Android phones and the iPhone and will be available later for BlackBerry. Stitcher is an Internet news and podcast app.