Despite being irrelevant by today’s standards, the first version of Ford’s Microsoft-based Sync system is getting special attention tonight.
Under the spotlight as it’s inducted into the Computer History Museum, a facility dedicated to chronicling the machines most of us rely on every day, Ford Sync is one of the first automotive computer systems to be featured. Until now, car-related computer exhibits have featured items like engine control units, not the touch screen stuff of modern systems found in new cars.
“As cars have transformed into mobile platforms for consumers’ communication and entertainment needs, the intersection of automotive and computing developments is becoming an increasingly important area for the Museum to consider. Ford Motor Company’s collaboration with Microsoft on Sync technology is an example of this changing landscape,” Alex Bochannek, the museum’s curator and senior manager said.
Sync is credited by many for having helped the blue oval brand move from feeling like an antiquated automaker to the forefront in terms of in-car tech. Today, that technology has grown into the MyFord Touch system found in its latest cars.
Competition is heating up, with companies like Apple jumping in to compete, but the Microsoft-based system will always be remembered as the trailblazer.