Sync Workshop: Pairing the iPhone 4S and Ford Sync

Tips on using streaming Bluetooth music with your iPhone 4S and the Ford Sync system

Here’s how to pair your iPhone 4s  with your Ford Sync – and how to get the most “music” out of your iPhone 4s!

This workshop will cover a few topics and hopefully make it a bit easier…

Most iPhone 4S users connect their phones to a computer occasionally to recharge their phone or to get iPhone OS updates. If you don’t, you should. What I mean is… if all you ever do is plug your phone into phone’s USB cord and plug it into a USB port to recharge, then you could be using an old out-of-date software version. Connecting through iTunes allows the user to backup files, to download App updates, to download iTunes music, download photos and videos and much more.

If you haven’t already, then pair your iPhone to your Ford sync system in your vehicle. Click on this video link to get that handled. The Sync system will recognize your phone as an iPhone, a Bluetooth music device and an USB device. Where a lot of users get things out of whack is when they starting mixing the uses with the Sync system. Continue reading

The last days of the Golden Era of Auto Driving?

Testing unmanned autos with an experimental Ford Escape

I know, some of you have been thinking about this – the question is… how soon until we have remote-controlled vehicles and/or computers driving our vehicles for us?

We’ve seen the rapid increase of in-car telematics in the past four years. We’ve seen the explosive use of smartphones. GPS tracking is pretty much a given part of our lives now. How long will it take for major corporations to “create” super computers that can monitor and control millions of vehicles on the road everyday – vehicles without a driver behind the wheel that can make rational decisions?

The US Air Force is increasing the use of drone aircraft to carry out bombing missions and intelligence gathering. From a control room at a base in the western United States, a drone pilot can guide a plane on missions in Iraq, Afghanistan, or other trouble areas. This has changed the game when it comes to battlefield ethics.

So we can assume that having manned vehicles driven by a computer and slightly better than unmanned vehicles driven by computer. But every day we may go to work, surrounded by vehicles driven by people making choices. Some of those fellow drivers make bad choices – driving too fast, improper lane usage, poor braking, inattentiveness and so on. Somehow we are getting by with this flawed system of drivers using their own choice. Just how do we make this transition to a monitored, controlled driving environment with the “wild card” being a free-thinking human? Continue reading