Your Car Has an App for That

With the coming of the Ford EcoSport early next year UK drivers will have access to a new in car entertainment system with AppLink availability. Meaning you could be using Spotify to stream music, listen to tweets or the latest news from the Wall Street Journal while driving. You will have to be quick as only 500 EcoSport cars are being produced for Europe and only 120 of those will go to the UK. Unveiled in February at the IFA show, the model featured Ford’s SYNC AppLink previously limited to the US vehicles. This gives drivers hands-free voice control capability of smartphone apps once the phone is synced to the system.

Currently Ford Vehicles Fiesta, Focus, B-MAX, C-MAX and C-MAX Grand have Ford SYNC which allows drivers to use Bluetooth® hands-free phone with Voice Control System and Ford Emergency Assistance, USB connectivity port with iPod® functionality, external AUX connection for external music devices and remote audio controls.

Check out below what the yanks currently have and while you’re at it, email us with your ideas and we will feature it in our follow-up article.

Glympse

This real-time location-sharing app, voice commands allow driver's to send the car's exact location to a contact in their phones, Facebook or Twitter. But fear not a timer limits how long your location is visible.

DriveSafe.ly

Introduced to prevent drivers texting while driving the app reads aloud text messages. It also allows users to respond with a selection of standard pre-written messages without taking their hands off the wheel.

BeCouply

This app gets a bit more personal than the others, it helps couples have epic social lives. This digital cupid allows you to see the best nearby date ideas right from your vehicle.

Orangatame OpenBeak

This app receives your twitter updates and reads them aloud allowing you the convenience of keeping an eye on the road.

Kaliki

Kaliki reads magazine articles back to you and US drivers can currently hear the likes of Men's Health and TV Guide.Men's Health, TV Guide and a dozen other magazines so far. The Wall Street Journal and USA Today also have read aloud apps.

ROXIMITY

In the same vein as Vouchercloud and Groupon this is a location based discounts apps. Drivers can personalise what discounts they get to hear through voice commands.