Ford is offering Apple Siri Eyes-Free to millions of its older vehicles globally through a SYNC software update.
The new software update will be available to over five-million SYNC-equipped vehicles that date back to the 2011 model year.
The technology lets drivers activate Siri with a long press of the voice recognition button on the steering wheel, without having to take their eyes off the road. From there, drivers can ask Siri to perform numerous tasks such as making a phone call, looking up a phone number to a restaurant or other points of interest, setting a reminder or alarm, reporting on the weather, sending text messages as well as getting directions through Apple Maps.
The software update is available to owners of vehicles with the second generation of SYNC, known as MyFord Touch in North America.
“SYNC, Ford’s entertainment and communications system, was designed to be flexible and updatable, just like other mobile technologies, so our customers are able to get the most out of their smartphones while behind the wheel,” said Sherif Marakby, director, Ford Electronics and Electrical Systems Engineering. “Siri Eyes-Free is another great voice-activated feature that not only adds convenience but helps our customers keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.”
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