Feeds

Ford, Mazda to drive in-car iPod integration uptake

General Motors too

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

Ford today pledged to listening to what its customers are listening to and make it easier for motorists to hook up an MP3 player to their car stereos. Top of list of new features for its 2007 line-up are auxiliary audio input jacks, but the auto maker also promised tighter iPod integration for its higher-end motors.

Cars getting audio sockets in their dashboards include the Ford Edge, Explorer, Expedition, Mustang, Fusion, Sport Trac, Ranger, F-150, Mercury Milan, Mountaineer, Lincoln MKX, Lincoln MKZ, Navigator and Lincoln Mark LT. The inputs provide an easy way to connect a music player to the vehicle's hi-fi.

Of course, there's nothing new here from a technological standpoint, but it means most new Fords will have the DAP-friendly cabling next year.

Ford and Lincoln Mercury dealers will also get to offer TripTunes, an optional extra that fits an iPod dock connector into the vehicle's glovebox, which not only keeps the player charged while routing audio to the stereo, but also allows the Apple gadget to be controlled using the in-car audio rig's buttons and knobs.

Ford's announcement was followed by similar schemes from General Motors and Mazda. Together will already announced plans from BMW, Acura, Honda, Dodge, Jeep, Infiniti and a host of other car makers operating in the US market, 70 per cent of all the 2007-model autos offered in the US will feature iPod integration, Apple claimed.

Beyond the States, the Mazda programme will see iPod support added to all of its new-year global car and SUV lines. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch
Full specs for wrist-mounted device here ... but who'll buy it?
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables
Right in the middle of Burning Mains Man week
HUGE iPAD? Maybe. HUGE ADVERTS? That's for SURE
Noo! Hand not big enough! Don't look at meee!
AMD unveils 'single purpose' graphics card for PC gamers and NO ONE else
Chip maker claims the Radeon R9 285 is 'best in its class'
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.