Who needs CarPlay? Ford brings Siri to the car dashboard now with the help of Automatic Labs

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Vehicles equipped with Apple’s CarPlay are still a year away from hitting the streets, but Ford and Automatic Labs have a workaround for you if you’re anxious to get Siri into your current car’s dashboard. Ford is working with Automatic to bring Siri, IFTTT and other features not currently supported in its Sync AppLink system to Lincoln and Ford automobiles going back to model year 2011.

In case you’re not familiar with Automatic, the startup produces a small device called Link that plugs into the on-board diagnostic port of your car, giving it direct access to the car’s control access network. That allows Automatic to draw all kinds of data from the car’s instruments and sensors. For instance, Link records speed, braking, driving routes, fuel levels and engine problem reports and sends it all to its smartphone app using a Bluetooth connection.

The Automatic Link plugs into the OBD-II port or your car and communicates with your phone over Bluetooth (source: Automatic Labs) The Automatic Link plugs into the OBD-II port…

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