Ford’s Performance Upgrade to be released first quarter 2012

Ford plans to send MyFord Touch and MyLincoln Touch owners a Performance Upgrade in first quarter 2012

By Vincent Hennigan,
Technology Consultant

Ford dealers received information today expanding on the plans Ford is making to assist customers who own vehicles with the MyFord Touch and MyLincoln Touch systems found in the new Explorer, Edge and some Focus models.

Some owners have had difficulty with the advanced in-vehicle technology system. Some media critics have panned the MyFord Touch system while others have praised it.

The key elements of the performance upgrade plan will focus on improved quality through better system stability, improved voice recognition and software updates. The upgrade will improve performance and usability with improved screen refresh rates, improved response to touch, new simplified screens and easier phone pairing. New features will include ability to handle audible (book) files, better message access profile (voice to text conversion), better tablet compatibility and new map data.

In this past week about 1,000 MyFord and MyLincoln Touch owners (Red Carpet lessees) were randomly selected to conduct an extensive Beta Test. Continue reading

iPhone & Ford’s Microsoft SYNC: BFF4Ever!

January 2012 is a special month – it marks the five year anniversary since the introduction of two different, yet compatible products – Ford’s Microsoft Sync system and the Apple iPhone. Over these few years, they’ve become good friends.

They started out at about the same time….

Al Mulally, president and chief executive officer of Ford Motor Co., and Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft, announced the partnership at the North American International Auto Show in mid-January 2007 to develop the Ford Sync system. The Sync system, an in-vehicle infotainment system, was released in the 2008 models of the Ford Edge, Explorer, Fusion and Sport Trac. The Sync systems are now available in almost every Ford and Lincoln vehicle.

The late Steve Jobs, the head of Apple Computers, introduced the iPhone on Jan. 9, 2007 and the first model hit the streets June 29, 2007. Continue reading