It’s hard to believe that Ford’s SYNC communications and entertainment system has been around longer than the iPhone and now Ford has announced the introduction of the third-generation system.
It’s hard to believe that Ford’s SYNC communications and entertainment system has been around longer than the iPhone and now Ford has announced the introduction of the third-generation system. Ford says that SYNC 3 is now more intuitive, easier to use and even faster.
The next-generation SYNC 3 system builds on the capability of SYNC technology already in more than 10 million SYNC-equipped vehicles on the road globally.
“Ford is delivering an easier way for customers to stay connected,” said Raj Nair, Ford chief technical officer and group vice president, Global Product Development. “SYNC 3 is another step forward in delivering connectivity features customers most want, and they tell us this kind of technology is an important part of their decision to buy our vehicles.”
SYNC 3 features a more smartphone-like touch screen with a brighter background and large buttons with high-contrast fonts that make it easier to use during the day. At night, the display automatically switches to a dark background to help reduce eye fatigue and minimize reflections on the windows.
“We considered all the modern smartphones and mobile operating systems and created something familiar but unique,” said Parrish Hanna, Ford global director of Human Machine Interface.
SYNC 3 features AppLink that allows customers to connect their smartphone to their vehicle and control their compatible apps using voice commands or buttons on the vehicle display screen. AppLink now automatically discovers smartphone apps including Spotify, Pandora, Stitcher, NPR One, SiriusXM Radio and iHeartRadio Auto, and displays their unique graphics and branding. Music and news apps are automatically displayed along with other media sources, just like AM/FM or SiriusXM.
SYNC 3 begins arriving on new vehicles next year. Unfortunately older SYNC systems cannot be updated to the new SYNC 3 system.