As new Ford cars evolve, so does the intelligent technology inside. The manufacturer has announced the impending arrival of Ford SYNC 3 in future models. This will mark the debut of the system in both the UK and Europe.
In-car functionality was first introduced with Ford SYNC. The system was also available with AppLink to give drivers hands-free control of their devices. It became part of several equipment levels in the Fiesta, EcoSport, C-MAX and Grand C-MAX, Focus and more.
The second-generation Ford SYNC 2 increased the convenience by adding Emergency Assistance. It was announced at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, coming to the new-generation Fiesta first. The car and the technology were the stars of the Ford stand that year.
This system is far from the only clever development that Ford has made. SYNC represents part of the wider Ford Smart Mobility initiative. Announced in 2015, Ford Smart Mobility is technically a division of the manufacturer. The aim is to conduct experiments and explore new ways to simplify driving through Ford innovations.
Considering that SYNC 2 was revealed a little more than two years ago, the speed at which Ford SYNC 3 has been developed is certainly impressive. Ford used the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona during February 2016 to reveal the technology and the next Kuga model.
Several reports suggested that the inclusion of the system makes the all-wheel drive vehicle 'autonomous'. It is true that many typical driving functions are streamlined or even performed automatically by the new model. This is not just thanks to the influence of SYNC 3. In the Kuga, a perpendicular parking system, collision avoidance and hands-free tailgate all simplify driving.
A particular highlight of SYNC 3 will be the integration of Apple's CarPlay technology. It transforms the standard dashboard into a hub of digital applications and settings. Owners of iPhones with Siri can use their device to play music and make calls via their vehicle. For your safety, Siri is unable to search the internet as you drive. A simplified version of the iPhone screen is displayed in the front.
For users of other devices, Android Auto is supported and provides access to Google services. Updates to the SYNC 3 system are downloaded via Wi-Fi and installed to the car automatically. As this is not activated over 3G and 4G connections, customers have no need to worry about using large volumes of data.
Drivers will also benefit from a wider range of compatible apps. These include MyBoxMan, a personal courier service which enables Ford owners to earn an income by making deliveries.
Using the eight-inch display is now even simpler with 'pinch to zoom' functionality. It is also claimed that the touchscreen is easier to read than with previous versions of SYNC.
Ford claims that the technology understands even more human voice commands. As a result, it feels more natural and intuitive to use. Tell your car that you need coffee, or find a parking space, and it will recognise what you are looking for.
You can enjoy Ford SYNC 3 in new models launching during summer 2016. These are set to include the new Kuga, Galaxy, S-MAX and Mondeo initially, with more to be announced. Full specifications and release dates for each of these next-generation cars are coming soon.
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