Ford (Dearborn, USA) has become the first car maker to make Telenav’s (Sunnyvale, USA) Scout application available in its vehicles.
The navigation app has previously been available to users of iPhones and devices powered by Google’s Android operating system, but it can now be installed in Ford vehicles through the manufacturer’s SYNC AppLink technology.
AppLink allows drivers to access and control applications that have been approved by Ford using voice commands and vehicle controls. It is available on a range of models, including Fiesta, Focus, Fusion, Mustang, F-150, Super Duty, E-Series and Expedition.
Ford claims to have produced more than 1 million AppLink-equipped vehicles.
Scout provides information on local surroundings, gas prices and directions, among other features.
From this week, drivers can download a premium version of Scout that includes a feature called “Car Connect”, enabling the service to work with AppLink.
The premium version is priced at $24.99 per year, or $4.99 per month, and also comes with traffic incident information.
“We are excited to expand our partnership and give Ford drivers the first chance to experience Scout as an integrated, personalized navigation service across the car, phone and web,” said Dariusz Paczuski, the vice president of products for Telenav, in a statement.
Customers of AT&T, Verizon and Sprint can download Scout through Google Play, but Telenav has yet to launch a version that works on T-Mobile’s network.