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Sygic car app allows drivers to ask for directions

App for Ford cars will enable drivers to ask for directions on the fly without taking hands off the wheel

Sygic's navigation app now comes with voice-activation.
Sygic's navigation app now comes with voice-activation.

In-Car navigation app specialist Sygic has released an interactive voice app which will allow drivers to ask for directions to petrol stations, restaurants or to avoid traffic jams, while keeping their hands on the wheel.

The app is compatible with Ford vehicles with the Sync 3 AppLink. The app has been launched at Mobile World Congress 2018.

The Sygic Car Navigation App with car infotainment system connectivity is optimized to work seamlessly with Ford's Sync 3 AppLink vehicle touchscreen via the automotive giant's Smart Device Link (SDL) technology. The app already provides users with access to GPS mapping tools, real-time traffic data, parking advice, and real-time info about gas prices.

The new voice activated capabilities, which are available in 24 languages, will improve safety and convenience for drivers, the Slovakian company said.

Sygic's navigation app is optimized to work seamlessly with Ford vehicles' infotainment systems, connecting through smartphone to the dashboard's touchscreen. Drivers can control commands through the steering wheel controls, dashboard buttons or touch screen.

Sygic provides its app for various car manufacturers including Skoda, Honda, Volkswagen, Citroen, Jaguar, Land Rover, Peugeot and Seat.

"The new feature is like having a friend in the passenger seat helping you navigate and keeping you safe," says Francisc Juras, Automotive Product Manager at Sygic. "Without ever having to take your eyes off the road or your hands off the wheel, the navigation app will take you to the nearest rest area or gas station, redirect you away from a traffic jam, or take you to that specific restaurant you're requesting."

For Sygic's premium users, additional features include a Fuel Assistant - which advises when the gas tank is low - as well as a Tire Pressure Assistant that warns of low tire pressure and directs drivers to the nearest service station.