ces: Ford wants to control your home with SYNC

Ford is exploring ways to get its cars with SYNC technology to communicate with smart home devices, such as the Amazon Echo and Wink smart home platform, via voice commands. The two-way communications would theoretically let Amazon Echo access remote vehicle features on cars with SYNC Connect, using Alexa commands, or access Alexa services from the car.

Remote start, locking/unlocking, checking vehicle status, finding your car and other functions would be accessible from an Amazon Echo, so you would never have to pick up your phone for such simple tasks, if that’s your thing. On the car side of things, you can use Alexa’s smart home link functions to control your lights, garage door and other Amazon Echo compatible Internet-connected devices.

For owners that don’t have the latest SYNC Connect technology, Ford is working on integrating support for the Wink smart home platform and vehicles with SYNC AppLink support. This would enable drivers to use in-car voice commands to control home functions, so you can ask the car to close the garage door as you’re pulling out or turn on your furnace when you’re on your way home.

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Ford is currently exploring ways to make SYNC work with smart home integration and doesn’t have a release date planned. I don’t think I’d ever want to control my car via voice with an Amazon Echo, aside from the initial novelty, but controlling smart home devices from my car is something I look forward to, especially garage doors.

Theoretically, with location-based services integration, I could have the car send commands automatically when I get within a certain distance from my house, so my lights are turned on, soothing music starts playing and my garage door would open when I’m two blocks away, without the need of an additional in-car device. It doesn’t really make my life better in any meaningful way, but it would be cool.

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