AccuWeather, a leader in digital weather information, is introducing its MinuteCast to Ford SYNC AppLink customers. The technology uses an exact street address or GPS location to provide minute-by-minute hyper-local weather forecasting, information about precipitation type, intensity and duration to the driver.
MinuteCast predicts start and end times for precipitation by-the-minute for the next two hours, specific to a user’s exact street address. Among other methods, the precipitation is tracked at approximately a half square mile and refreshed every five minutes to provide users with the most relevant and accurate forecast possible.
By selecting MinuteCast on the vehicle display menu, the driver will see a static image of the weather condition he or she will soon face, and the time the precipitation is expected to happen on the route. An audio warning will also be delivered. The service is available for a growing list of countries worldwide including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland and Japan.
Ford SYNC allows drivers to pair their mobile phones, make and receive calls, and operate other features hands-free using voice control.
The new technology will be demonstrated at the 2015 International CES, the largest consumer electronics show, 6-9 January in Las Vegas.