Ford First with Kaliki App In-Car Integration for Audio Playback of Major Newspapers and Magazines

  Ford First with Kaliki App In-Car Integration for Audio Playback of Major
                           Newspapers and Magazines

PR Newswire

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7, 2013

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

  oKaliki provides radio talent-read audio versions of news and articles from
    top newspaper and magazine publications

  oUsing Ford SYNC^® AppLink^™, drivers can now voice-command and control the
    Kaliki smartphone app to listen to their favorite news content while
    driving

Thanks to Kaliki Audio Newsstand and Ford SYNC^® AppLink^™, commuting time can
now be put to better use by consuming some of the compelling newspaper and
magazine content that we want to get to, but just never seem to find the time
to read.

In 2011, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated 140 million Americans spent more
than two hours per day in their vehicles, with 50 minutes spent on commute
time alone. With Kaliki Audio Newsstand, Ford drivers can stay on top of their
favorite news and magazine stories without taking their eyes off the road.
Kaliki is a new smartphone app for Android devices that curates the top news
stories from major newspapers and magazines and provides an audio version for
on-demand playback in the vehicle.

"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 of Sales and Business
Development for BT Software-Kaliki Audio Newsstand. "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."

Kaliki partners with top publishers in a wide variety of media genres such as
Shape Magazine, TV Guide, Men's Fitness, OK! and Agence France-Presse. Today
at CES, BT Software also announces the rollout of local newspapers in Kaliki,
starting with the Los Angeles and Detroit markets.

"Kaliki demonstrates how we can quickly work with new apps that are adding
convenience to the lives of our customers and integrate them into the car
through SYNC AppLink," said Doug VanDagens, global director of Ford Connected
Services. "Ford's goal is to continuously add value to the vehicle through the
addition of relevant content and services, such as the great media partners
Kaliki brings, and to deliver an exceptional ownership experience."

All of this is available to Ford vehicles equipped with SYNC AppLink, the
industry-leading in-car connectivity system and smartphone interface. When a
smartphone is Bluetooth^®-paired with SYNC, the driver just needs to press the
voice button on the steering wheel to voice-request Kaliki without ever
touching the phone. As soon as the app launches, the driver is prompted to
select a publication by speaking the name of the newspaper or magazine. The
app will automatically start playing the list of available stories from that
source.

If the driver wants to listen to another program, it is just a button press
away with the voice command "Programs – [name of program]." The driver can
pause the playback or skip to the next or previous story at any time by
tapping the play/pause or track buttons on the steering wheel or radio. All
content is fed to the driver's ears while hands stay on the steering wheel and
eyes stay on the road.

Kaliki Audio Newsstand is free of charge to SYNC users. The SYNC
AppLink-enabled Android app is available now in the Google Play Store and a
version for iPhone will be available in the Apple App Store later this month.

SYNC AppLink is available on more than 1 million vehicles; it is available on
2013 Fiesta, Mustang, Expedition, Fusion, F-150, Super Duty^®, Focus, E-Series
and C-MAX.

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company(NYSE: F), a global automotive industry leader based in
Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six
continents. With about 172,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the
company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides
financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information
regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit
http://corporate.ford.com.

About BT Software
BT Software is a technology company and is the creator of the Kaliki Audio
Newsstand. Kaliki partners with media publishers to convert their print and
digital media into streaming audio for use on mobile phones and connected
vehicles. Kaliki also partners with broadcasters to enable their content to be
available on-demand in the vehicle. For more information, please visit
http://www.kaliki.com, or follow us on Twitter @kaliki_audio.



SOURCE Ford Motor Company

Website: http://www.ford.com
Contact: Alan Hall, Ford Motor Company, +1-313-575-1488, ahall32@ford.com; or
Susan Payton, BT Software, +1-619-729-2089, susan@eggmarketingpr.com
 
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