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A Glimpse at Glympse. Or ‘When Should I put Dinner up?’

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From the Ford keynote press conference at CES this evening we got a glimpse at Glympse.  This location-based app that will run on the Ford SYNC Applink allows the user to share their location from their car by simply asking the car to do so.  However, unlike other vehicle spyware that is designed to constantly run in the background, Glympse can be run for a specific amount of time.  Now you just have to have the trustworthiness of your children to activate Glympse when they go out for an evening of clubbing…

GLYMPSE® LAUNCHES FIRST IN-CAR, VOICE-ACTIVATED LOCATION-SHARING APP FOR FORD® SYNC® APPLINK™

  • Using the new SYNC®AppLink™-enabled Glympse smartphone app, drivers can share their location directly from their car using simple voice commands
  • More than 1 million Ford drivers can now share their location directly from their car, making it easy to answer the question, “Where are you?”

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7, 2013 —Glympse Inc., the mobile technology company that pioneered temporary real-time location sharing, today announces the first location-sharing app for Ford Motor Company’s SYNC® in-car connectivity system. Using the AppLink™ interface, drivers will be able to share their location with friends and family directly from their car using simple voice commands, eliminating the need to touch their mobile phone while driving.

“People typically share their location while in the car, and by integrating Glympse into Ford SYNC AppLink, we’re providing drivers with a rich, real-time and hands-free way to share where they are,” said Bryan Trussel, co-founder and CEO of Glympse. “At Glympse, we’re dedicated to creating a more robust connected car experience, and working with Ford will help us to reach millions of consumers who will be able to just say, ‘Send a Glympse’ to share their current whereabouts, eliminating the need to send a text or make a phone call.”

To use Glympse, drivers need the app installed on an iOS or Android-based smartphone. The car automatically recognizes the app when the phone is Bluetooth®-paired or USB-connected. With Glympse activated, drivers simply need to press the SYNC voice button on the steering wheel and say, “Send Glympse.” Users can send a Glympse to a friend’s email or mobile number, or to Facebook and Twitter.

Recipients of the Glympse can then monitor the vehicle’s progress and ETA via a real-time dynamic map, on either a smartphone or desktop. After the user-defined time limit expires, the location is no longer updated.

“Glympse is a great example of how smartphone app integration with the car can help us make the driving experience more convenient for our customers, thus adding perceived value to their vehicle,” said Julius Marchwicki, Ford SYNC AppLink program manager. “By teaming up with an innovative company like Glympse, we are providing our customers with a dynamic way to share their location while removing the need to take their eyes off the road or hands off the steering wheel to pick up their smartphone.”

Glympse, on both iPhone and Android devices, is now compatible with Ford SYNC AppLink. To download Glympse, visit http://www.glympse.com/get_glympse.

SYNC AppLink is available on more than 1 million vehicles; it is available on 2013 Fiesta, Mustang, Expedition, Fusion, F-150, Super Duty®, Focus, E-Series and C-MAX.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 172,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com.

About Glympse

Glympse® is the pioneer of person-to-person location sharing in real-time, for a set amount of time. With an intuitive design and enhanced features, such as Glympse Groups, the company easily integrates location sharing into every day activities, meetings and events. Glympse has partnered with several top-tier companies who have integrated Glympse functionality into their products and applications. The company is backed by Menlo Ventures and Ignition Partners and has raised $7.5 million.

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