While location sharing can sometimes be seen as superfluous frippery, it undoubtedly has some important everyday applications for mainstream users. Witness Glympse, which, hot on the heels of its recent integration with Garmin in-car navigation units, is now announcing support for Ford’s SYNC AppLink platform.

Glympse’s raison d’être is sharing your location with specific people for a specific timeframe. So, if you’re lost or if you want people to know how long it will take you to get to a meeting, you can send them a link to a map which shows where you are, updating in real-time. That’s a clear boon for car drivers trying to find their way to somewhere unusual or stuck in a traffic jam, but fiddling with your smartphone to activate the app and share your location isn’t a good idea while driving.

With Ford SYNC AppLink support, drivers of supported cars will be able to connect their smartphone to their on-board computer via USB or Bluetooth and control the Glympse app via SYNC’s voice command system.

Compatible with iOS and Android, Ford SYNC AppLink is available on more than one million vehicles. It already works with a number of popular apps, including Pandora, TuneIn Radio and Stitcher SmartRadio. Glympse may just be one of the smartest integrations yet.

➤ Glympse 

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