Originally posted on VentureBeat:

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For several years, Ford has been thinking ahead on how to get mobile apps to better interact with its vehicles. Today, the American car company went one step further in its initiatives with the Ford Developer Program, which will help mobile developers directly interface with cars.

Sync was developed by Ford and Microsoft and introduced in 2007. It uses Bluetooth connectivity to connect smartphones and a car’s dashboard. With AppLink, drivers can use their voice to control any smartphone app that has been built with AppLink and Sync in mind. Sync is inside more than five million cars.

The Ford Developer Program, announced today at CES 2013, specifically aims to create apps that will utilize the Sync system and Ford’s AppLink API. Ultimately, Ford hopes the program will enhance driver experiences and give mobile devs the tools they need to do more with vehicle interactions.

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