Ford's SYNC is already possibly the best infotainment system in the business. Ease of use, appearance, features--it has it all. And it keeps getting more new features. The latest: Google Maps destinations can now be sent directly to the car via the cloud-based SYNC Traffic, Directions & Information (TDI) app.
Here's how it works: you download the destination onto a Bluetooth-enabled phone; it's then converted into audible turn-by-turn directions directly in the SYNC system; once in the vehicle, you confirm the destination download, then you drive to your destination with full guidance. No more printed paper maps, no more fiddly programming of destinations. Just find it, send it, and drive.
The best part: it's a free service, available on all 2010-2011 model Ford, Lincoln and Mercury cars equipped with SYNC TDI without so much as an update. Other carmakers offer similar services, but require a paid subscription to a telematics service (i.e. OnStar). For those that don't like Google, a the same capability will be coming from Ford with Mapquest maps later this year.
If you have a SYNC TDI car and want to get in on the Google Maps goodness, all you have to do is go over to SyncMyRide.com and register if you haven't already.