Ford and Accu Weather Launch Minute by Minute Weather Update App for Drivers

CIOReview Team | Monday, 08 June 2015, 09:35 IST

DEARBORN, MI: Ford Motor Company, and Accuweather –a media company that provides for-profit weather forecasting services- have announced the launch of AccuWeather MinuteCast, a weather forecasting smartphone app for Ford vehicles equipped with Ford SYNC AppLink. Ford SYNC App Link is a factory-installed, integrated in-vehicle communications and entertainment system. The newly developed app offers drivers minute-by-minute forecasting for precipitation at exact addresses. It is designed to help drivers plan trips according to weather conditions. Accu weather’s latest app for Ford cars gives advance warnings about hostile weather conditions and intends to make drives safer. Forecasting is localized to the street, and uses an exact street address or GPS location to provide information about the nature and intensity of the precipitation. The driver will see a static image of the weather condition that will be faced soon, and the time the precipitation is expected to happen on the route. An audio warning will be delivered in addition to this. “The new integration of AccuWeather for Ford SYNC AppLink will bring our customers the most up-to-date weather information while on the road. The system is easy to use, and with the addition of MinuteCast, drivers will get minute-by-minute forecasts for up to two hours to help them make safer driving decisions during bad weather,” says Julius Marchwicki, Ford Connected Services Product manager.