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Ford smart cars and homes talk to one another
January 10, 2016, 3:42 pm

One of the highlights of Ford’s announcements at CES was its announcement of plans to connect its Sync smart car technology with smart home applications from Amazon and Wink. The integrations will give consumers remote control of things like home security and lights from their vehicles, along with the ability to unlock car doors and turn on the ignition from their living rooms.

Ford, which has more than 15 million Sync-equipped vehicles on the road today, will link its new Sync Connect technology with Amazon's cloud-based Alexa software, to let drivers use voice commands to manage functions such as checking fuel levels and finding vehicle locations.

At home, users could access Alexa via their Echo speaker units to obtain information about their vehicles and manage schedules and settings. Ford intends to connect its Sync AppLink with Wink's smart home technology to remotely open a garage, unlock a front door or turn on the house lights, among other things. Using technology from Amazon and Wink would let Ford customers stay in touch with their vehicles even when they are not behind the wheel.

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