With the huge functionality boost, Ford is expanding its SYNC connectivity system, adding Apple CarPlay, Android Auto™, 4G LTE and several new AppLink™ apps to help millions of consumers stay connected behind the wheel and even when they are away from their cars. Connectivity is one part of Ford Smart Mobility, they plan to take the company to the next level in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics.
Talking about the SYNC, Mr Don Butler, Ford executive director, Connected Vehicle and Services said,“SYNC allows customers to bring the smartphone technology they’re comfortable with into a vehicle and use it without hassle”. And he also added,“With SYNC, we move at our customers’ pace – making it easy for them to maintain a connected lifestyle no matter their choice of smartphone, apps or services inside and outside their vehicle.”
Starting this year, owners of SYNC 3-equipped vehicles will have more choice in how they access their smartphones in the car. iPhone users can activate Apple CarPlay, and Android users can activate Android Auto, two interfaces built specifically for those types of smartphones. In addition, new SYNC Connect technology powered by 4G LTE gives owners the ability to remotely access features of their car. Owners can program a remote start, unlock doors, check fuel level or locate a parked vehicle via their smartphone, including AAA member services, Concur expense report tracking and Eventseeker to find nearby music and other entertainment.
Just to add to your knowledge, Ford SYNC was launched in 2007 and was the industry’s first system to widely and most affordable offer voice-activated technology to control smartphones. The latest-generation system – SYNC 3 – features all-new hardware and software for faster performance, more conversational voice recognition, a smartphone-like touch screen, and easy-to-understand graphical interface.