MyFord Touch Driver Connect Technology Powered by SYNC

MyFord Touch Powered by SYNC
MyFord Touch Powered by SYNC
Today Ford Motor Company announced (see press release) that the New MyFord Touch system, which uses two 4.2-inch full-color LCD screens alongside the analog speedometer and an 8-inch touch-screen LCD in the middle of the dashboard, now has improved voice recognition, more connectivity ports including SD Card slot, and WiFi capability.

Below are the features available through the MyFord Touch system:

Media Hub
* Additional USB port for a total of two USB 2.0 inputs
* SD Card slot
* RCA A/V input jacks

Internet Connectivity
* Full WiFi capability including Internet “hot spot” connectivity and a built-in browser for use while in “Park” (late availability)
* Integrated browser supports tabbed page navigation, “drag” to pan and scroll and a provides a 3-D carousel for bookmark browsing
* Support for on-screen and USB-connected keyboards
* RSS feed aggregator and text-to-voice reader
* Mobile in-car WiFi “hot spot” capability through USB-installed air card or USB mobile broadband modem

* Phone book contact photo download and 3-D carousel browsing
* Birthday reminders
* Enhanced error correction and reporting

Voice Recognition
* Direct speech commands and “flattened structure” for quicker, more responsive voice control
* Voice-command activation of selected climate control functions
Voice commands will be available for most radio functions, including AM/FM, HD RadioTM Technology and SIRIUS/XM® Satellite Radio
* SIRIUS Game Finder application will facilitate automatic voice tuning for desired sporting events using commands such as “Tune to Detroit Lions game” or “Show NFL games”

* Improved visual presentation of SYNC Traffic, Directions & Information app adds directional arrows, street names and distance markers
* Map-based navigation app provided by TeleNav via an optional SD Card
* SD Card navigation includes SIRIUS Travel LinkTM services such as weather maps, movie listings, gas prices, and sports scores
* SD Card navigation also adds cities point-of-interest information including ratings and amenities
* Map data includes 3-D visual landmarks

Climate Control
* MyTemp personalization allows the driver to store a preferred temperature, which is then accessible with a single touch of the MyTemp button
* Different MyTemp settings can be programmed to different keys; multiple drivers in a household can each have unique MyTemp settings

* AM/FM/CD, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, USB-connected MP3 players and memory sticks
* New HD Radio capability
* Song tagging capability via HD Radio Technology, allowing listeners to identify song information and store it for later use
* Browse tracks by artist, scan lists of tracks with identical names, and browse through devices without having to change audio sources
* 3-D carousel album cover art and photo viewing displays allow easy scanning of available material, especially combined with Gracenote Media Management
* Media player equipped with new “Podcast” source category
* Enhanced Bluetooth® audio support including metadata, which allows additional command and control functions for capable mobile devices

Vehicle Setting Personalization
* Ambient lighting color control using a 3-D carousel browser
* Custom welcome messages
* Saved and transferrable user profiles that can be ported between Ford vehicles equipped with MyFord
* Door keypad code control using on-screen menus
* Where available, Active Park Assist and Rear View Camera displays
* Image and video uploading via SD card slot or USB 2.0 ports

SYNC Apps & Services
* Traffic, Directions & Information offers personalized traffic reports and routing from INRIX, turn-by-turn directions, business search, sports, news and weather via SYNC and the user’s mobile phone
* Downloadable destinations when coupled with the SD card navigation function; SYNC Service Delivery Network (SDN) will be able to send a destination directly to the vehicle
* Vehicle Health Reports will download service reminders and vehicle information directly to the in-car displays
* Improved 911 Assist™ capability with GPS location can call for help in the event of an air bag deployment

Check out this video from Video MyFord Touch Video MyFord Touch

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Michael Gray

Mike has roots in the automotive service industry. He began diagnosing and fixing cars at a young age in his family’s service station. He has worked in automotive parts supply stores, towing companies, and service facilities. After graduating from St. Cloud State University (MN) with a Bachelor’s degree, he implemented and taught a basic car care program at the high school level. During work on his Master’s degree at Illinois State University (IL), he was a curriculum specialist on a National Science Foundation project where he co-authored ten integrated mathematics, science, and technology books designed for team teaching. Mike has also supervised teachers in Career and Technology Education as a school system administrator.

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