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Ford to introduce Life360 app for SYNC at CES this week

Ford is unveiling a new app this week for its updated SYNC system at this year’s International CES show in Las Vegas. The popular family locator app Life360 will be coming to SYNC with a Drive Mode that tells family and friends not to text them when they are driving. When the driver has shut off the vehicle, a notification will be sent to those who were trying to send a message.

The purpose of the app’s SYNC integration is to help reduce driver distractions, by keeping focus on the road and encouraging family members and friends to hold off on sending text messages. The Life360 app was retooled to include Drive Mode, and connects automatically via Bluetooth when the driver’s smartphone is in the car.

SYNC will also be able to show where a user’s circle of family and friends are on a private map, show individual or group messages and offer quick access to emergency services. Ford is the first automaker to offer in-car use of Life360, which is used by over 48 million families worldwide.

Voice functions for Life360 are also available through SYNC AppLink. Phrases such as “mom’s location” and “where is Dave?” will bring up a person’s location on a map with an address. The updated Life360 app with SYNC connectivity will be available in the spring on Android devices initially. Demonstrations of the app will be held January 6-9 in Las Vegas at CES.

Take a look at new Ford vehicles in stock with SYNC in our online inventory.