With every new generation of Ford vehicles, the in-car technology evolves and increases driver convenience. It's been announced that the next wave of models will arrive with Ford SYNC 3.
The Ford SYNC system was the manufacturer's first infotainment package. It incorporated AppLink, enabling owners to connect their device to their car and use hands-free functions. SYNC set the standard in a number of Ford models, such as the Fiesta and Focus, EcoSport, C-MAX and Grand C-MAX.
Next, Ford SYNC 2 became the second-generation version of the technology. It launched at the Geneva Motor Show in 2014, showing off the helpful new Emergency Assistance feature. That year's new Fiesta was the first Ford to become available with SYNC 2.
As SYNC has developed, so have several other intelligent Ford technologies and Ford Smart Mobility. The latter is a division of Ford, established in 2015. It carries out research and experiments in order to bring more advanced systems into road-going Ford vehicles.
Ford SYNC 2 was revealed around two years ago, and the relatively quick introduction of SYNC 3 shows the emphasis being placed on in-car technology. The announcement of SYNC 3 was made at the Mobile World Congress in February 2016. The Barcelona event also marked the debut of the next-generation Kuga, which will come with SYNC 3 from launch.
There have been reports that the Kuga will become 'autonomous' with the system. The model will arrive with a hands-free tailgate, collision avoidance and a perpendicular parking system. While Ford has worked hard to make driving easier and safer, not all functions are carried out automatically.
A big advancement for the SYNC system is the addition of Apple CarPlay compabilitity. Link iPhones with Siri to the car to enjoy a wide range of digital functions, apps and new settings. It will be possible to make calls, play music and use other phone features via Siri. All information is displayed on a pared-down version of the iPhone screen. As a safety precaution, internet searches will be disabled while the car is in motion.
Android Auto is supported for owners of other phones and devices. It brings Google services into the cabin. Any updates needed to SYNC 3 will be downloaded via the Wi-Fi connection and installed automatically. This is only enabled on Wi-Fi, ensuring that 3G and 4G data is not overused.
When a compatible device is linked to the vehicle, drivers will have access to more apps than ever before. One of the apps announced is MyBoxMan. The courier service gives Ford owners the ability to deliver parcels and earn money as they drive.
No matter which app or function is currently running, navigating menus and taking in the information is quick and simple. When using the eight-inch touchscreen, 'pinch to zoom' makes viewing information easier. Ford has changed the design and layout to increase readability.
Further upgrades to the voice command technology ensure that Ford SYNC understands more human language. It will recognise “I need coffee” as “I'm looking for a coffee shop”, and translate other commands into specific location searches accordingly. This change gives the voice control functions a natural, simpler feel.
Experience Ford SYNC 3 in the next-generation Ford range arriving in summer 2016. Cars already confirmed to feature the technology include the Mondeo, Kuga, S-MAX and Galaxy. Specifications and more details on each model will follow shortly.
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