Getting to know the Sync technology and using it is the best way to expand your driving fun and pleasure. So don’t be afraid to ask about the things you can do and say now in your vehicle. And, remember, with Sync, it’s all in the way that you say it!
This is a Voice activated software infotainment system. It uses Bluetooth technology to allow you to access the phone with your voice while driving. So learning the sequence of voice commands is important. Here’s some tips on how to “be on speaking terms” with Sync in your new vehicle.
Ensure that your phone(s) and music device(s) are paired to the Sync system. For more information, please see this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PivPJAVIHwg Or, you can refer to the Sync manual or ask for assistance from your salesperson.
If your salesperson hasn’t already done it for you, create your own account at www.syncmyride.com and start getting the most out of your Sync experience. Most Ford new vehicle owners get a three-year complimentary subscription (which requires annual renewal). This site also provides a wealth of information about Sync, it allows for personalizing some services, and it is where you can obtain the software updates to keep your system up-to-date. Phone Voice Commands
When you push the VOICE button on your steering wheel, the voice will prompt you with “Sync state your command.” Say “phone” and the system will prompt with “Phone, state your command.” Continue reading →
SYNC, introduced by Microsoft and Ford in January 2007, is evolving and by next year it will be available on vehicles around the world and in 19 languages.
The expansion brings convenience of SYNC to a much larger audience of potential customers, said Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally, who kicked off the global launch in late February 2011 at a technology show in Germany.
SYNC was originally launched in North American in 2007 with three languages – English, Spanish and French. New languages will be available first in Europe in 2012 with the introduction in the Ford Focus. This expansion of languages sets an industry benchmark for automotive voice recognition capability.
Mulally added, “Sync is a smart and simple way to connect drivers with in-car technologies and their digital lives.”
At the heart of SYNC is the speech engine and Ford is working with its speech technology partner, Nuance Communications, to deliver a similar experience across the multiple languages. Since the system has expanded across the United States – Sync is now in more than 3 million vehicles – Ford and Nuance have bridged the problems of one system understanding everything from ValleyGirl speak to Southern drawl. Continue reading →
The 8-inch touch screen display in the center console is the hallmark of MyFord Touch
Originally published in April 2011
A new 8-inch touch screen is the heart of the MyFord Touch system – the next generation of the highly rated SYNC system which offers new voice activation capabilities.
Using two five-way controllers mounted on either side of the steering wheel, this system has two smaller LCD displays on the dash display. Plus, there is an 8-inch touch screen display in the center stack. Now there are voice commands and a few “old school” touch buttons.
The MyFord Touch 8-inch display has four color-coded corners with touch buttons and on-screen lists and icons that control phone, navigation, entertainment and climate. Each quadrant can be expanded to access more features.
The 2011 Edge, the 2011 Explorer and 2012 Focus were the first models with this technology. This new technology is way ahead of other vehicles. The screen to the left of the speedometer (controlled by the five-way controller on the left of the steering wheel), handles the mechanical features of the vehicle. You can access miles per gallon readings, miles to empty, trip odometers and even set features like the MyKey. Continue reading →
Although you may not know it, the Ford Motor Company has been pushing a strong ecology agenda since Henry Ford’s early days with the company. It’s no surprise that usage of recycled materials is still at the forefront with Ford’s manufacturing.
Ford’s commitment is summed up in the mantra “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.” Ford has introduced a new nylon, called EcoLon(R), which is made from 100 percent recycled carpet. The unusual connection is that the EcoLon material (from Wellman Engineering Resins) uses the nylon to create eco-friendly, high quality alternative to typical cylinder head covers.
These carpets turned into cylinder head covers are used on the 3.0-liter Duratec engine in the Ford Fusion and Escape and on the 5.0-liter engine in the Mustang GT and the F-150.
The cover is the first automotive product of its kind manufactured from post-consumer recycled nylon. To create this nylon, Wellman grinds used nylon carpeting into fiber and recaptures the material through a patented process. The result is a high-quality nylon resin, which Dana then uses to mold into cylinder head covers through its injection-molding process. Continue reading →