Ford will begin offering its new Sync 3 infotainment system this year.
The updated electronics will become available in the 2016 Escape and Fiesta starting this summer. With all-new hardware and software for Sync 3, Ford is looking to rid its infotainment units of a bad reputation built by its previous system, MyFord Touch, which was consistently lashed for being slow and glitch-ridden.
Ford says that Sync 3 is optimized for hands free use thanks to voice commands which can be used to control many of the cars functions including those found on a compatible smartphone. Thanks to Applink, drivers can access their smartphone apps, such as Pandora, Glympse and iHeart Auto, using Sync 3’s voice commands or touchscreen. Apple iPhone users can also use Siri eyes-free by pressing and holding down the vehicle’s push-to-talk button.
Sync 3 users get subscription-free emergency service 911 Assist, which will automatically use the customer’s Bluetooth-connected phone to dial 911 if a significant accident is detected. The car also sends some specific information, such as whether or not the airbags deployed, which side the crash took place on and even the number of seat belts that were in use.
Over-the-air updates via Wi-fi are also now available with Sync 3, which means that Ford can update the infotainment unit without the customer needing to take it to a dealership.
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