Our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy have changed.

By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

3 of 5
Bring your own apps
Bring your own apps
Like Apple's iPhone, Ford's new Touch system allows outside companies to write applications to work with the car. For example, Ford invited the Internet radio company Pandora to create an application that will allow users to stream the service through their phones to the car's stereo while using Sync's voice controls.

As it stands, Ford said, about 55% of Internet radio users who listen to Internet radio do so in the car so applications like this seemed like a natural fit.

The Pandora application was written by Pandora developers in about 10 days, Ford said, as was another from the Stitcher Internet radio news service, Ford said.Another application Ford unveiled allows users to update their Facebook status from the car using voice commands.

NEXT: Less distraction... or more

Last updated January 08 2010: 5:33 PM ET
Email | Print | Share  |  RSS
google my aol my msn my yahoo! netvibes
Paste this link into your favorite RSS desktop reader
See all CNNMoney.com RSS FEEDS (close)
Find Your Next Car
More Galleries
Designing the workplace of the future: Virtual reality and 3D panoramas As businesses go global and teams are scattered around the world, herding everyone into the same room for a meeting seems quaint. So companies are using technology to get creative. More
Sports teams want you back in the stadium Stadium attendance is down so pro sports teams are using technology to win back fans and get them in their seats. More
Homes in these ZIP codes are selling like crazy Strong job growth, growing interest from Millennials and affordable home prices are attracting home buyers to these cities. More

Special Offer