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Ignoring software updates is an easy habit to get into, especially when it’s simpler to hit the “cancel” button than enduring an arduous process and wasting time.
There’s a nasty surprise in store for you if you’re one of the people who groans when your Mac or PC gets an update alert and you also happen to drive a car with MyFord Touch.
As we reported last week, the company started mailing USB sticks to some 300,000 customers with an update for your MyFord or MyLincoln Touch infotainment operating systems. It’s simple enough to install, but according to a story reported by Automotive News, the update takes an hour to perform and the engine must be idling.
While it’s probably not such a big deal to spend that time reading a book in the driver’s seat or taking a nap, driver’s don’t actually have to go through the wait time themselves, which is potentially causing an expensive problem for dealerships. Instead of carrying the update out individually, drivers may also bring their cars into a Ford dealership to be serviced — free of charge. What’s more, those opting to do this get a free rental for the day. Doing so saves you from spending gas money on an update.
It remains to be seen if customers will choose to come in for the update or do it themselves, but at a minimum of an hour per, that represents a lot of time technicians could spend working on other problems.
On the other hand, if Ford’s plan works and most people handle the update personally, this could be a significant step in the opposite direction by encouraging people not to bring their vehicles in for unnecessary service.
[Source: Automotive News]
New MyLincoln Touch interface uses a touch-screen LCD, five-way steering wheel control and voice commands to deliver optimum ease of use.
Technically a mid-cycle refresh, Lincoln has decided to do more than just minor updates to its entry-level MKX crossover for 2011. An important model for Lincoln, the company says that more than half of MKX buyers are new to the brand and that seven in 10 of those buyers purchase another Lincoln.
Joining the rest of the Lincoln lineup, the 2011 MKX gets the new corporate (and controversially styled) oversized grille. Other major changes include a new 3.7-liter V6 engine that delivers best-in-class 305-hp and 280 ft-lbs of torque, an improvement of 15 and 12 percent respectively.
Offered exclusively with a new six-speed automatic transmission, the more powerful engine also offers improved fuel economy, with 25 mpg highway, which Lincoln claims is another best-in-class feature.
And while all this is good, the biggest innovation on the 2011 MKX is the application of MyLincoln Touch – the first use of MyLincoln Touch or MyFord Touch in a road car. Essentially the next generation of Ford’s SYNC technology, the MyLincoln Touch system is a complete user interface for all aspects of the car and can be operated via a touch screen LCD display, voice commands and a steering wheel-mounted five-way controller (much like an iPod). It includes two 4.2-inch LCD screens in the instrument cluster and an 8-way LCD screen on the center stack. Due to the three different modes of controlling the system, there are no longer any conventional knobs or switches on the center stack. Even the audio volume can be adjusted by sliding your hand across a smooth surface.
As for the screen itself, it’s separated into four areas: Entertainment, Phone, Navigation and Climate. Each section is color coded to distinguish it and to make it easy to find/remember. We’ve seen the system in action and it certainly is easy to use.
Lincoln and Ford are betting on the My Touch system and plan to offer it in 80 percent of Ford vehicles in the future, including on the new 2011 Ford Focus.
GALLERY: 2011 Lincoln MKX
GALLERY: 2011 Lincoln MKX Official Pics
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