A few more Ford (NYSE:F) vehicles will soon be able to connect with smartphones as the automaker starts expanding its on-board applications to 2012 models in an effort to meet rising demand.
The Fusion sedan, F-150 pickup trucks and the Expedition SUV will join the Ford Fiesta in using Ford Sync communication and entertainment to connect to smartphones, according to media reports.
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The Sync AppLink option is available across the Ford and Lincoln lineup as a $400 option on some models and is standard on others.
Smartphones continue to overtake feature phones in the U.S., and Ford, citing a recent study, said two-thirds of those customers want to use them in their cars.
The sync option features hands-free calling, turn-by-turn directions, 911 assist, music search, vehicle health report, personalized daily information, traffic alerts and audible test messages, among others.