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Car Tech Video: Ford demonstrates DIY MyFord Touch update

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Car Tech Video: Ford demonstrates DIY MyFord Touch update

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Jim Buczkowski, Technical Fellow and Director of Electronic Systems Engineering at Ford, stops by CNET to show how easy it is to update the MyFord Touch system. The update results in a more responsive interface with better organization and graphics.

I'm Wayne Cunningham with CNET (streaming?) a Ford Edge with Jim (Benskanski?), Director... Technical Director of Ford. Technical (Following?) Director for Basic and Advanced Electronics. All right. Now, what are we gonna do here today in this car? We're gonna do the performance upgrade for my Ford Touch. It's a sort of a software improvements we've made based on feedback since the launch of the vehicle, feedback from customers on improvements and it has some additional features as well too. There's actually 2 pieces, the USB and then the SD card. The SD card contains the latest database from Grace's notes and also navigation. We've got the map data update as well too. Basically, it's just as simple as inserting the USB stick in. Okay. Put the USB in one of the USB ports and then the console here and you'll see it come up installing. Okay. And... but I didn't even do anything. But anyway, it starts installing. And about how long does this take? It's about 20, 30 minutes. All right. So this update process is pretty much finished here. We have installation completed "Okay" button here. So we're gonna press that and we're able to pull the USB out. The last thing we're gonna do is put in the new navigation card and you can see the differences in the layout here. You see the simplified corners. Some simplified buttons as well too. It's a bunch of cleaner look actually and the font is really nice and defined. So the entertainment screen you see, you change the buttons around a bit, you see the presets are now closer in the center. Some of those (Excelory?) since then are now further to the right and you can see the buttons on the left hand side to select the sources, are a bit simpler as well too. So we're on climate control screen. You'll see changes quite a bit. We had this animation that moved the driver to the passenger, front to rear. It really wasn't adding a whole lot and so we eliminated that animation piece. Everything is all on the same surface now whether it's you know, the temperature control for the driver or the temperature control of... for the passenger. And the new map, database and you'll see we're now in the 3D mode. You'll see a little bit differences in the layout. We tried to simplify the corner and make it more obvious and their buttons in the corner. You see the 3D objects as well here downtown San Francisco here. Yeah, it's filling in rendered buildings around and you can see the Trans America Pyramid over there. What's important here is that we've really outlined the buttons and made them very clear, what's a button and what's not a button, what's a button that's available versus a button that's not available. Sorry, you're gonna come to everybody's house and deliver the USB and SD card? We're actually mailing them out to customers and they will receive this package in the mail. They can choose to do it just like we did it here today or if they prefer to go back to do it, they could do that as well.

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