The destination is set on the phone, the voice guidance is given by the car audio (from Sony) and turn by turn icons are displayed on the dashboard screen (see picture) as well as street names, distance to next maneuver and estimated time of arrival. The navigation software uses both the GPS and speed data from the car to enable a quick start and a precise navigation.
If the phone has an integrated GPS, the fully fledged navigation software can be used outside of the car, for pedestrian navigation, cycling or in another car like a normal mobile navigation solution.
Ford’s public relations were not able to confirm the name of the software partner at this stage. Despite the fact the screenshot of the navigation software is looking like TomTom, the Dutch company "is not part of this project" said a TomTom representative to GPS Business News.
Connecting mobile phones to dashboards
FordMobile Navigation is a very interesting and innovative solution. Obviously, black and white icons are not the sexiest in-dash navigation interface; however, this system shows the way to more complex implementations which are likely to come in the future. Mobile phones are limited by the size of their screen and, to some extent, by their audio capabilities. Therefore seamlessly transferring the audio and visual output of the mobile navigation to the car’s speakers and dashboard screen is a logic trend for the navigation industry. Ford and its partners are the first to move in that direction.