CSE498, Collaborative Design, Fall 2016
Computer Science and Engineering
Michigan State University

Ford Motor Company is a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan. Last year, Ford sold over 3 million vehicles in North America while employing over 199,000 employees worldwide.

The average American spends over five hundred hours per year in their car, time which is often time wasted. For many, time is their most precious resource.

SYNC Calendar enables drivers to interact with their mobile calendar while driving in their Ford vehicle. With SYNC Calendar, the time spent driving may be used more productively.

SYNC Calendar is a SYNC AppLink application, which connects a third-party calendar service, such as Google Calendar, with the Ford SYNC onboard vehicle system.

Upon entering a vehicle, a driver is automatically prompted to sign in with their Google Calendar login credentials. Once connected, the driver can access and update their calendar using SYNC voice commands and the SYNC dashboard.

Using our companion web app, Ford analysts can view vehicle usage statistics related to SYNC Calendar, such as the most frequently used commands. Our web app presents data visually with user-friendly charts and graphs. These analytics enable Ford to optimize and improve the app in the future.

SYNC Calendar is a mobile app for Android and iPhone devices, written natively in Java and Objective-C, respectively. The administrative web app stores all data in a Microsoft SQL database.