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06-04-2010, 12:40 PM
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Ford (http://www.autoblog.com/make/ford/) has just added a helpful new function to its 911 Assist SYNC (http://www.autoblog.com/2010/03/24/ford-wires-up-two-millionth-sync-system/) app. Emergency services can now easily locate distressed motorists via a vehicle's GPS coordinates and call for assistance, thereby diminishing response times. Ford says that the service is completely free, and will show up on 2011 models equipped with MyFord and MyLincoln Touch, along with some SYNC-equipped vehicles. Don't think the new tech is a direct challenge to the General Motors (http://www.autoblog.com/make/gm/) equivalent, though.

Ford says that 911 Assist requires the user to have a phone paired to the system via Bluetooth in order to make any emergency call. Left your phone at the house? You're out of luck. Even so, the Blue Oval manages to take a few pot shots at GM's OnStar (http://www.autoblog.com/2010/05/18/onstar-taps-google-maps-navigation-for-chevy-volt/) service in the press release by saying that the 911 Assist app doesn't require an intermediate call center (making it faster) and doesn't force users into a monthly subscription plan.

If you're planning on dropping in on the National Emergency Number Association 2010 Conference in Indianapolis, you'll likely see Ford there pontificating on the benefits of the new system. Feel free to click past the jump (http://www.autoblog.com/2010/06/04/sync-upgraded-with-gps-location-tracking-for-911-assist/#continued) to check out the full press release for yourself.

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