AUPEO!Â®, the personalized in-vehicle radio infotainmentservice, continues its worldwide expansion. The company today announced atMobile World Congress, in this city, that the service will soon be available inFord vehicles in Europe equipped with the SYNCÂ® with AppLinkâ„¢ feature.
Comfortably seated in their SYNC withAppLink-equipped-Ford vehicles, music lovers will be able to enjoy safely andwithout having to touch their smartphones while driving AUPEO!’s selection ofmore than 150 curated stations from all genres and time periods. The AUPEO!personalized service starts to learn the user’s specific musical preferencesafter a genre or artist station has been chosen. The Love and Ban buttons thenallow users to adjust the music stream to their tastes. These functions can beoperated purely by voice control, via SYNC with AppLink, to ensure a convenientand safe music discovery experience. “This collaboration is a greatopportunity to provide to Ford vehicle owners a safe and seamless enhancedmusic experience in their cars,” said Holger G. Weiss, CEO of AUPEO!
Through this collaboration with Ford, AUPEO! Isdemonstrating its determination to address the evolving needs of today’ssophisticated music fans on a global level.
More than one and a half million Ford vehicles in NorthAmerica are already equipped with SYNC AppLink. Among the first models to offerSYNC with AppLink in Europe is the new Ford EcoSport SUV. AUPEO! is offering1500 selected consumers of some of the first new Ford EcoSport that will bedelivered to Europe free access to an exclusive 12-month AUPEO! Premiumtrial. When the trial expires, they cansubscribe to AUPEO! Premium to continue to receive higher sound quality with nocommercials.
Founded in Berlin in 2008, AUPEO! is a leading providerof personalized audio streams for the web and Internet-capable devices(“connected devices”). It features high-quality radio stations thatallow users to compile their own individual music programs and receiverecommendations for songs. AUPEO! developed especially for the fast growingmarket of connected-car services and is being considered today leader in thisrespective field. Since its acquisition in April 2013 AUPEO! has been working withPanasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, a Division of PanasonicCorporation of North America, to provide a content delivery platform thatcomplements Panasonic’s automotive product lines. According to globalinformation and analytics company IHS, Panasonic is the worldwide leader inautomotive infotainment systems.
About Ford of Europe
Ford of Europe is responsible for producing, selling andservicing Ford brand vehicles in 50 individual markets and employsapproximately 47,000 employees at its wholly-owned facilities and approximately69,000 people when joint ventures and unconsolidated businesses are included.In addition to Ford Motor Credit Company, Ford Europe operations include FordCustomer Service Division and 24 manufacturing facilities (15 wholly owned orconsolidated joint venture facilities and nine unconsolidated joint venturefacilities). The first Ford cars were shipped to Europe in 1903 – the same yearFord Motor Company was founded. European production started in 1911.
About Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of AmericaBased in Peachtree City, Georgia, and with Detroit-area operations located inFarmington Hills, Mich., Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America is adivision company of Newark, New Jersey-based Panasonic Corporation of NorthAmerica, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation,which is based in Osaka, Japan, one of the world’s leading developers andproducers of innovative digital and other electronic products for consumer,business and industrial use. Panasonic Corporation of North America acquiredAUPEO! in 2013. Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America also acts asthe North American operating company of Panasonic’s Automotive & IndustrialSystems Company, which coordinates global automotive industry systems andcomponents operations. For more information on Panasonic automotive, pleasevisit: http://us.panasonic.com/automotive.