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Trevor Collett | Oct, 08 2014 | 3 Comments

Ford has expanded its rollout of SYNC AppLink and MyKey technology across its Australian line-up, announcing more models will receive the modern features soon.

Customers can now get the AppLink system in Focus ST, Fiesta ST and Ford Kuga models, with five more models to offer the technology from early 2015.

AppLink allows drivers to use steering wheel-mounted controls or voice commands to access compatible smartphone apps, with early offerings including Pandora Internet Radio, Omny and Club Connect.

Passengers can also access apps through the vehicle’s touchscreen, but the system only supports apps from the Android and Apple platforms at this stage.

Other apps on offer from launch include Spotify, Glympse and ESPN CricInfo. From 2015, Ford’s regular Fiesta and Focus models will also offer SYNC AppLink, along with the Ranger and Transit commercial vehicles.

2015 Ford Transit
2015 Ford Transit

MORE: Ford SYNC AppLink And MyKey Systems Confirmed For Australia

Ford’s MyKey system - not to be confused with Victoria’s ‘myki’ public transport payment card - will also find its way into four more models by 2015.

After debuting on the Fiesta ST, the system will soon be available on the rest of the Fiesta range along with Focus, Mondeo and Mustang models in 2015.

MyKey is aimed squarely at the parents of young drivers, giving them the ability to pre-set some of the vehicle’s features in an effort to keep their offspring safe.

Users can determine the maximum volume for the audio system, when the low-fuel warning light will illuminate and even the vehicle’s maximum speed before handing the keys over to their P-platers.

The features are also expandable, with the audio system volume limit reverting to zero if the car detects one or more front seat passengers not wearing a seatbelt.

Parents can set reminders alerting the driver to the current speed limit, while Ford has responded to customer feedback by adding 100 and 110km/h speed limiter settings to the existing 140km/h option.

An NRMA survey commissioned by Ford found 40 percent of young drivers admitted to being distracted behind the wheel, and that 61 percent of parents were concerned about distracted driving.

Of the parents surveyed, 43 percent said they would buy or consider buying a car equipped with MyKey technology, while a surprising 90 percent of young drivers surveyed would be happy to drive such a vehicle.

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