We are looking forward to plugging into the new Ford Sync 3 technology coming in the 2016 models.
Ford is stepping up its game with the newest evolution of the Sync system. The new system, called Sync 3, will replace the MyFord Touch system. Overall Ford is dropping Microsoft was the partner in development of its operating systems and has moved to a Blackberry QNX format.
As the Ford in-vehicle technologies have evolved, some of the basic systems have received few software upgrades. However, the MyFord Touch system has gone through at least four updates.
Click this link to see a short introduction of the Sync 3 system.
The new Sync 3 will “lose” the four colored corners that it had with the MyFord Touch system. As you can see from the screens shown here, the dashboard screen features touchable “tab” icons for quick access to functions such as Sound, Time, Bluetooth, Navigation and so on. The main “areas” will be tabs across the bottom of the screen – much like a desktop computer main screen format.
The emphasis will still be on handling voice commands – in a continuing effort to keep the driver’s eyes on the road! Voice commands are adopting a more “conversational” format. Yes, the software tries to understand more common speech patterns rather than requiring a “robotic” tone.
The new system runs on a capacitive touch screen, much like the ones in the past, but now with a faster processor. With Sync 3’s speed boost, the touch functions finally appear to be more responsive. Early MyFord Touch versions often seemed choppy and sometimes hesitant.
Sync 3 will first be available in late 2015 when it is introduced on some 2016 models as they are released. Stay tuned for more details on which vehicles. Buying a new Ford is the only way consumers can get their hands on Sync 3 — the automaker says older vehicles won’t be able to be upgraded.
For more information, visit www.ford.com/technology .