What started out as a satellite music network is now opening the door for telematics. Ford Motor Co. is extending its Sirius offerings to include the Sirius Travel Link navigation system. It gives drivers up-to-the-minute information on current gas prices, traffic, coast-to-coast weather conditions, sports scores and movie listings. That information is coupled with Ford's navigation system, which was developed by Xanavi.
As more functions like point of interest data and huge MP3 playlists make their way into the vehicle, Ford is also simplifying access with voice control. Its Sync system, developed with help from Microsoft, will soon be offered on nearly all Ford vehicles. It is on track to reach 1 million sales in early 2009.
Ford Motor Co. is extending its Sirius offerings to include the Sirius Travel Link navigation system.