It's no secret that Ford has been planning an upgrade to its stellar Sync info-tainment system but now we know that the first car to get the expanded Sync services is the 2011 Ford Fiesta. This week in San Francisco, Ford is showing off the new Fiesta to a select group of people - sorry no driving impressions until Monday. The new Sync features include a Pandora and Stitcher interface - you can even "thumbs up" a song. The new system is called Sync AppLink which allows a driver or passenger to access smartphone apps via voice control.
The truly amazing thing about Ford's Sync system isn't so much what it does - and it does a lot. No, the really great thing here is that Ford clearly gets that most people who get all geeked out by Sync like technology probably aren't in the market for a $30-40,000 car. Putting AppLink on affordable cars like the 2011 Ford Fiesta is almost as brilliant as the software itself.
Here's a video on the Twitter/OpenBeak feature.