Workshop: Pairing a Bluetooth phone

This workshop covers pairing a Bluetooth compatible phone to almost any vehicle.

This workshop covers pairing a Bluetooth compatible phone to almost any vehicle.

Hands-free Bluetooth connectivity has been around for years and this workshop offers video links showing how it’s done on most vehicles.

Not everyone has access to the original owner’s manuals on a vehicle, especially a pre-owned vehicle that they have purchased. We hope this video guide helps drivers “get connected” and stay safe on the road!

First, turn your phone on. Go to the Main Menu, or Apps Menu. Find the Systems folder and open this file up. On some older phones, search for the Tools or Toolbox folder. Search for Bluetooth Settings. Turn Bluetooth ON, and on some phones you will want to place the phone in discovery mode. You may need to tap the icon for “Search for Devices,” or “Search for Trusted Devices.” See an example of phone pairing to various vehicles below.

Using and pairing a Bluetooth compatible phone to a basic Ford Sync system, see this video

Using and pairing a Bluetooth phone to a MyFord Touch system, see this video

Using and pairing a Bluetooth phone to a Sync with MyFord system, see this video

Pairing a phone to a 2014 Nissan, see this video

For general information on the Nissan Connect system, see this website

To pair a Bluetooth phone to a Mazda, see this video

Here is another video on pairing a Bluetooth phone to a Mazda (CX-9)

Using Bluetooth on a Kia vehicle, see this video

To pair a Toyota (2011-2013 models) without navigation, see this video

More on pairing a Bluetooth phone to a Toyota, see this video

Setting up a Bluetooth phone to a Honda, see this video

Pairing and using Bluetooth phones on a Hyundai, see this video

Pairing a phone to a Subaru Outback, see this video

Pairing your Bluetooth telephone to a non-iDrive BMW, see this video

Pairing and using a Bluetooth phone or device with an Audi, see this video

Pairing an iPhone to a Mercedes, see this video

Using an Android phone on a Mercedes, see this video

Pairing a phone to a Volkswagen, see this video

Pairing an iPhone to a VW, see this video

Connecting a Bluetooth phone to a Volvo, see this video

How to pair to a vehicle with touch screen Dodge UConnect system, see this video

How to pair to a non-touch screen Chrysler, see this video

Bluetooth pairing a phone to a Buick or GMC, see this video

Pairing a phone to a 2014 Chevy Spark and Sonic, see this video

A good overall source for using hands-free devices on Chevrolet, see this website

Connect an iPhone to your Chevy, GM, Buick or Cadillac, see this video

(Many thanks to the sources who provided these internet-sourced videos.)

Always remember to be safe by keeping your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel. Happy Motoring!

iPhone 5 + Sync = The beginning of a new relationship

Apple’s announced release of the iPhone 5 has got thousands of Ford Sync user asking the question — “Will these devices work together?” And, they will!

By Vincent Hennigan, Ford Sync Specialist

With much ado, the new iPhone 5 and the Apple OS 6 platform was introduced Sept. 12 by the Apple Corporation. A question that many Ford vehicle owners is… “How well will the new iPhone work with the Sync hands-free phone system and the MyFord Touch system?” Preliminary reports say the new “relationship” will go off without a hitch.

Last year, when the iPhone 4S was introduced, it required a few adaptations for Ford Sync users, but once those issues were addressed it became the start of a beautiful relationship. Siri, the iPhone’s witty voice-activated assistant, could work well with Ford Sync’s “Samantha.” One reason for this great relationship is that Nuance, the developer of the voice recognition software had actually created the voice interface for both Apple’s iPhone and Ford’s Sync.

Calls made to the representatives at the Apple Store and a local Apple Store were answered with the statement that the new iPhone 5 and the Apple OS 6 will present no connection glitches with a hands-free device such as Ford’s Sync or MyFord Touch.

The new iPhone 5 is thinner, lighter and has a larger screen than the iPhone 4S. Improvements in iPhone 5 allow it to access the 4G LTE cellphone network (available in select markets) to allow better connections. This new mobile communication standard is a latest progression from the 3G to the 4G networks. The goal is to keep expanding the speed and the bandwidth that cell phones use. This should mean better signal strength, faster connections and clearer connections. Continue reading

Come on Consumer Reports… you can’t make vehicle technology go away!

Consumer Reports said the MyFord Touch system is complicated but did they take the time to learn it. And, did anyone ever show them how it all works?

By Vincent Hennigan, Sync Specialist

A Consumer Reports article took a shot at Ford Motor Company by saying the MyFord Touch systems STINK. Come on CR, you can’t make technology go away!

I look at this issue from a whole different perspective.  I think the real issue is learning, adapting and using new technology in vehicles. Some drivers say new technologies, such as Bluetooth streaming music, voice-activated navigation systems or adaptive cruise controls are too complicated. Some say it is too distracting.  Others are used to carrying and using a smartphone and they think vehicle technologies are too slow and don’t offer enough options.

Let’s just generally say older drivers are more comfortable with the “old school” of driving. They like few controls, they prefer buttons and knobs that you can actually turn, push or click, and they love simplicity. And, let’s just generally say drivers under the age of 25 feel comfortable listening to their own music, using voice commands to find the closest pizza at the best price and hearing an assortment of chirps and beeps that remind them to stay within the white lines. Continue reading

Ford – On Technology Road

Bill Ford, Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman, explains a “Blueprint for Mobility” to address the predicted global vehicle gridlock — with technology as the key to solving this crisis.

Ford has set its sights to be on the Technology Road as the number of vehicles on the roads is forecast to grow from today’s 1 billion to up to 4 billion by mid-century.

Earlier this year, Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford told an audience of the Mobile World Congress that Ford is outlining the company’s “Blueprint for Mobility” to address future vehicle gridlock by creating a global transportation network that utilizes communication between vehicles, transport infrastructure and individual mobile devices.

Ford explained that no one company or industry would be able to solve the mobility issue alone. And, the effectiveness of any plan would be contingent on customer acceptance of new technologies.

Ford predicted, “If we do nothing, we face the prospect of ‘global gridlock’, a never-ending traffic jam that wastes time, energy and resources and even compromises the flow of commerce and healthcare.” He continued, “The cooperation needed between the automotive and telecommunications industries will be greater than ever as we prepare for and manage the future.  We will need to develop new technologies, as well as new ways of looking at the world.” Continue reading

Legislation encourages safer driving through technology innovation

New federal laws prohibit use of cell phones for calls or texting while driving a commercial vehicle.

Beginning in January 2012, commercial drivers are prohibited from use of hand-held cellphones and new requirements are going into place concerning texting while driving – and new vehicle technology is actually helping all drivers to drive more safely.

A joint rule from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is the latest action endorsed by the U.S. Department of Transportation that aims to end distracted driving. This federal ban on cell phone took effect January 3, 2012. Legislators from many states are trying to get these laws extended to all drivers in all states.

In recent months major truck and bus companies, such as Greyhound, Wal-Mart, UPS, Conoco-Phillips and others, have changed their policies to ban their drivers from using hand-held cell phones, to make and receive phone calls, or for texting. In other words, talk or text on a cellphone while driving and you could lose your job. Continue reading

Where we’re going we don’t need roads!

It’s been all over the news in the past year or so… people who are buying vehicles who are upset because the electronics don’t seem to work. On one hand there are consumers who are looking for something to get from point A to point B, while others are wanting to push buttons, touch a screen and give some voice commands to take them down the road.

Some critics suggested that Ford Motor Company had seriously erred when it introduced its MyFord Touch System – the latest evolution of its new in-vehicle technology – in the new Explorer, Edge and some Focuses. They have been listening and creating solutions.

This path started with the partnership of Microsoft with its Sync Technology and Ford in January 2007. At first the Sync system offered a way to let your vehicle use Bluetooth technology to extend your phone’s ability to make and receive calls hands free through the vehicle’s sound system.

Now Sync has evolved into so much more.  Ford is one of the few auto manufacturers who have ventured into the technical wilderness. Few auto companies want to be the first to bring something to the market. First editions sometimes contain mistakes and errors. Continue reading

Today America plugs into the new Ford Focus Electric!

Ford CEO Al Mulally "plugs in" America into the new Focus Electric - the order bank is now open!

As of Nov. 2, 2011, drivers that want to go completely gasoline-free will be able to configure the all-new 2012 Ford Focus Electric online at Ford.com and place their orders with a Certified Electric Vehicle (EV) dealer.

“Today is an historic day, as Ford opens up the order banks for the company’s first full production, all-electric passenger vehicle – the Focus Electric,” said Chad D’Arcy, Focus Electric Marketing Manager, Ford Motor Company. “The all-new Focus Electric is an important part of Ford’s overall strategy, bringing still another option to customers who want a car that is fun-to-drive, easy to own and fully electric.”

Drivers interested in learning more about the 2012 Focus Electric will be able to see detailed product specs and virtually build and price one at a dedicated online website: http://www.ford.com/electric/focuselectric/2012/ starting Nov. 2, 2011. Continue reading

GM is “getting in the game” with it’s in-car connectivity

GM and Buick to offer IntelliLink

Many 2012 GM/Buick models will have IntelliLink

With the expansion of GM in-car connectivity with OnStar Apps, MyLink and Intellilink, the “rest of America” can now get more out of their daily commutes with a variety of infotainment options.

Ford has been considered a pioneer in infotainment for their vehicles (they have been offering it for four years now), and now it’s time for GMC and Buick to bring out their IntelliLink system. GM’s new technology is leveling the “infotainment playing field.”

The 2012 GMC Terrain will be the first to offer the GMC IntelliLink which offers not only Bluetooth phone connection and more with its seven-inch touch-screen, voice controls of various vehicle functions, steering wheel-mounted controls, as well as streaming audio through Pandora and Stitcher SmartRadio. In addition, you can get a standard rear-vision camera system, XM satellite radio, customer programmable rear liftgate (you can set heights to miss hitting a garage door), remote vehicle start and advanced functions to search and find music on your system.

The 2012 Buick Regal, LaCrosse and Verano vehicles will have the option for a similar IntelliLink system. However, the LaCrosse will have an eight-inch touch screen. Continue reading

Integrating Plug-In Hybrid Technology in Ford F-Series Super-Duty Trucks

Fleet trucks losing their stacks?

Fleet trucks to have PHEV option

Azure Dynamics Corporation (TSX: AZD)(OTC: AZDDF), a world leader in the development and production of hybrid electric and electric components and powertrain systems for commercial vehicles, announced in early August an agreement with Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) whereby Azure will integrate its proprietary plug-in hybrid (“PHEV”) technology into the market leading Ford F-Series Super Duty product line.

Wow! Hybrids, plug-ins, and EVs are no longer just experiments. This is a milestone because you can guess who consistently uses vehicles and would benefit the most from new technology – that would be America’s business owner!

In collaboration with Ford, Azure’s plug-in hybrid technology will be initially integrated on Ford’s market leading F-Series Super Duty cab and chassis, the F-550, which is expected to be available in early 2013.  The agreement also allows Azure to perform hybrid powertrain conversions on other Super Duty platforms including F-350 and F-450 models and spans all engine, frame length and regular production options and configurations.  The Super Duty program will allow Azure to further expand its product line-up in its targeted medium duty commercial truck segment. The Azure/Ford agreement includes a ‘ship-thru’ provision that permits Azure to place vehicles in the Ford transportation system and allows qualified Ford Commercial Truck dealerships to sell and service the product in key markets in North America. Continue reading

Have digital downloads killed the CD player?

Bye, bye tape deck, so long CD player, digital is IN!

After a 30-year run, the compact disk (CD) wiped out cassette tape and phonograph record sales. However, the CD’s day may already be fading away… Ford announced that it will no longer offer the CD player in its European Focus models in the coming year.

With the all-new 2012 Ford Focus in Europe, Ford has scrapped once-popular multi-disc CD changers, while a USB port is standard equipment and most models offer standard Bluetooth connectivity – both of which cater to the increasing popularity of iPods and other digital music players.

In fact, since the new European Focus went on sale in March, 95 per cent of Focus customers have opted for a model with both a USB port and an auxiliary jack for MP3 players to allow independent device integration, and 90 per cent of new Focus models on Europe’s roads offer Bluetooth. Continue reading