Ford is adding a new app capable of reading text from major magazines and newspapers to drivers to its SYNC AppLink system's portfolio.
The new Kaliki Audio Newsstand app offers Ford owners radio talent-read transcripts of current news and articles they can access while commuting.
"With people's lives getting busier and busier, there is unfortunately less time to sit down with your favorite newspaper or magazine and read, so Kaliki reads it to you," says Bruce Hopkins, vice-president sales with Kaliki.
"What makes Kaliki unique is the fact we have professional voices that read every story, making the content pleasing to the ear, just like listening to your favorite news radio station or podcast."
The Kaliki smartphone app, integrated with the SYNC system via Bluetooth, can be controlled using voice commands or steering wheel-mounted buttons, Ford explained at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
The automaker will be making the app free to all SYNC AppLink users, including 2013 Fiesta, Mustang, Expedition, Fusion, F-150, Focus, and C-MAX buyers who optioned their cars with the feature.
Ford also announced they'd be making Rhapsody International Inc.'s internet music service app also available to SYNC AppLink users. Ford already offers integration with Rhapsody rival Pandora.
(Ford and Automotive News)