Ford unveils Sync communications system

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Ford has unveiled its next-generation Sync 4 communications and entertainment system, which according to the company is faster, easier and simpler than ever to use.

Featuring cloud-based connectivity and conversational voice recognition, Sync 4 delivers comprehensive search results and more functionality for customers. This includes cloud-based optional navigation to keep up with the latest traffic information, the ability to quickly browse digital owner’s manuals, and wireless compatibility with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and AppLink apps from smartphones and mobile devices.

“Sync has always featured the best of Ford innovation to help our customers stay connected to and manage their busy lives as they move about the world,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford chief product development and purchasing officer. “With this new fourth-generation technology, we’ve evolved Sync into an intelligent, voice-activated, in-vehicle digital assistant.”

Ford’s new Sync 4 system will also feature different looks and capabilities depending on the vehicle, screen size and customer needs, and all versions will provide users with the power to multi-task efficiently and view the information they need at the right time without needing to swap or tab through multiple screens.

For example, on all new 12in screens, multitasking will be enabled by splitting the screen into larger and smaller windows. Meanwhile, on larger 15.5in screens Sync 4 features the addition of Adaptive Dash Cards. Instead of having to navigate menus every time you want to launch an app, recently used or popular features are listed horizontally underneath the main portion of the screen in individual dash cards.

“No matter what size screen Ford customers choose, they will be getting an experience tailor-made for their vehicle,” said Gary Jablonski, chief engineer for Sync technology, Ford Motor Company. “Sync 4 puts these high-definition screens to work not only by offering even crisper displays, but also by making driving easier with new multitasking capabilities.”

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