In 2007, Ford showed off a new way of connecting phones and music devices to its cars. Named Sync, the technology let drivers use voice commands to place calls and request specific music. Now, Ford comes out with a new generation of the technology, offering a fast, clean touchscreen interface with new app integrations.
Ford will initially roll out Sync 3 in its 2016 Escape SUV and the compact Fiesta, with other models to follow as updates occur. Some models will get an 8-inch touchscreen while others will use a 6.5-inch touchscreen.
Along with completely rewritten software and a new interface, Sync 3 relies on new hardware, including a capacitive touchscreen, which makes for better response times, and a Texas Instruments dual-core OMAP5 CPU.
The previous generation of Sync included app integration, but it was non-visual. Ford is launching the Sync 3 with visual AppLink. Shown here are three third-party apps running on a connected phone, along with Sirius Travel Link information.
The hands-free phone system screen gives access to the contact database, recent calls and a manual phone dialer. The message function only works with a few phones, and drivers can also access Siri Eyes Free from this menu.