Ford Motor Company, in conjunction with the AAA and CAA, today announced the inclusion of Intelematics' Club Connect app in Ford SYNC 3 (http://www.ford.com/technology/sync/) for the North American market. The announcement was made at the 2016 International CES, currently being held in Las Vegas.
Club Connect, developed by Intelematics and first deployed by the Australian motoring clubs in 2014, has now been adopted by North America's leading auto clubs, the AAA and CAA, and is expected to be available on Ford's SYNC 3 system later this year.
Club Connect utilises a range of vehicle data including current location, fuel level and fuel consumption to deliver enhanced capabilities such as travel times, AAA and CAA Emergency Road Service, Drive Log, Live Parking and Live Fuel.
By connecting a smartphone with a compatible Ford vehicle, drivers can access these services through the vehicle's in-car dash system. The system can be operated using voice control commands, an element that helps to encourage the safer use of apps and services from telematics systems whilst on the move.
Club Connect provides added value to Ford drivers who are AAA and CAA Members with the inclusion of an Emergency Road Service function that recognises a problem with the vehicle and alerts the driver. The Member can use the Ford SYNC interface to request AAA or CAA assistance.
"Intelematics has developed the Club Connect app to deliver relevant motoring content to drivers in a safe and convenient way," said Adam Game, President and CEO, Intelematics North America.
"Club Connect is the type of high-value mobility app consumers now expect from their vehicle manufacturers. It is an example of how Intelematics is helping leading automotive clubs and manufacturers like Ford improve the driving experience for their customers."
Intelematics helps improve the driving experience of millions of motorists around the world through its award-winning connected automotive technologies. Founded in Melbourne, Australia in 1999, the company has grown to provide services in markets throughout North America, Europe, New Zealand and Australia. Customers and partners include many of the world's leading companies in the automotive, motoring club and mobility space. Key services include:
- Connected vehicle and mobility services for auto clubs, leveraging both aftermarket and embedded vehicle interfaces
- Automotive telematics and other connected vehicle services on behalf of auto manufacturers, with applications ranging from safety/security to mobility and infotainment
- Digital traffic information services, connecting embedded and portable navigation systems to live content
Intelematics' services have been consistently recognised by its industry peers for service design, innovation and reliability, including the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Australia 2014 'Industry Award'. The company is also an active member of the world's leading automotive innovation, safety, security and manufacturing organisations.
Intelematics is owned by Australia's leading motoring clubs including a majority-stake held by the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria, and a minority stake held by NRMA, RACQ, RAA and RAC WA.
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