Although Android Auto provides quite a few uses to drivers these days, there's still much to be had coming from the car makers themselves in the way of software for the in-car computing systems. Enter Ford's recently announced SYNC Connect app which pairs with new Ford vehicles sporting the SYNC Connect technology, allowing drivers to enable remote functions for their car by simply interacting with the touchscreen on their smartphone. Ford states that SYNC Connect has allowed them to build on the already popular SYNC technology inside current Ford vehicles, and that Sync Connect will be rolling out first within the upcoming Ford Escape that releases next Spring.
For those who aren't SUV people, Ford also mentions that other models will follow the Escape soon after, so it won't be limited to one vehicle for too long. As for what SYNC Connect will do, drivers will be able to do a handful of different things just by using the app instead of actually physically interacting with the car, including a remote lock and unlock function, as well as remote ignition start and the ability to check on fuel levels to know if you're low before hopping in the car and turning it on, which could help drivers better plan trips to fill back up if they need to.
The SYNC Connect app will also allow drivers to late vehicles if they forget their parking spot, and since the functionality of the app is remote, using it won't require standing next to it or near it to complete the tasks. Along with fuel status SYNC Connect also displays oil and battery levels, but perhaps one of the most useful features is the ability to schedule a remote start for the vehicle. Utilizing the scheduled remote start function, drivers can easily set the car to start remotely a specific amount of time before they need to leave so they can have the car warmed up or cooled down prior to hopping inside, enabling a more comfortable driving experience. Ford also notes that SYNC Connect comes with five years of service at no extra charge to the owner, so should anything need tweaking or fixing, you won't be paying for it for quite some time.