Optimize Your Commute with Ford

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There are some great advantages to living in the greater Orlando area. Unfortunately, your commute time likely isn’t one of them. If you are looking for ways to optimize your commute, your Ford can help you out.

SYNC®

New Ford models are equipped with advanced SYNC® systems. This technology makes it easy to connect your smartphone through Bluetooth® and make hands-free calls and access music features using only your voice. If you have any audiobooks, your commute would be a great time to stream them through SYNC®.

Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto

Most Ford vehicles come with both Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility. With these systems, you can use many of your favorite smartphone apps directly on the SYNC® touchscreen. This includes apps for navigation, music, and contacts.

Ford + Alexa

Many new Ford models are available with Ford + Alexa. This technology lets you use your favorite Amazon voice assistant in your car. It gives you access to over 30,000 Alexa Skills, Amazon Prime shopping, and even control over your smart home devices, like lights and security systems.

Ford & Waze

If you frequently run into traffic jams or accidents, consider using the crowd-sourced navigation app, Waze. This app is available through SYNC® 3 AppLink® and can give you time-saving detour information to help save you time.

At Tropical Ford, our vehicles have all the technology you need to get the most out of your commute.

Ford Wants a Pickup Truck Emoji

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For many of us who love to text, emojis are a great way to say what we want in a fun, easy way. You know the cliche — a picture is worth a thousand words. While there are nearly 3,000 emojis to choose from, Ford thinks there a very important one missing: a pickup truck emoji.

Since last year, Ford has been talking with the Unicode Consortium about adding a pickup truck to the growing list of available icons. And, in an announcement on World Emoji Day, Ford celebrated its success by saying the pickup truck has been added to the list of potential emojis for early 2020.

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“When customers started demanding a truck emoji, we knew we had to help make it happen,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president, automotive. “Given the popularity of Ford trucks globally, there’s no one better than Ford to help bring an all-new pickup truck emoji to hard-working texters around the globe.”

Ford said it worked hard to decide what kind of design the truck emoji should have. The team spent time sorting through message boards and social media feeds to understand what customers wanted. Ultimately, this research resulted in an icon of a blue pickup with a modern design.

Luckily, you don’t have to settle for an emoji. You can drive home in a real pickup truck from Tropical Ford.