Sync 3 gives Ford cars fast navigation, Android and iPhone love (pictures)
Ford's new Sync 3 infotainment system is a vast improvement over its predecessor, with quick response times for touchscreen input and very usable menus designed to minimize distraction. Sync 3 also supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The example shown here is from a Ford Escape, but Sync 3 is now available on the majority of new Ford vehicles.
The home screen, accessible by pushing the home button at the top of the screen, shows navigation on the left side and two cards on the right, with audio on top and phone status on the bottom
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 Destination screen is one of the more information-heavy in the system, but even so the design looks clean, with buttons sized to reflect importance. Program in your home and work addresses, and it will automatically show you the time to those locations, taking traffic into account.
The hands-free phone system screen gives access to the contact database, recent calls and a manual phone dialer. The message function works with only a few phones, and drivers can also access Siri Eyes Free from this menu.
AppLink supports a growing list of third-party apps that, when running on your smartphone, can be accessed on the touchscreen. Ford also puts Sirius Travel Link, a collection of data from satellite radio, under the apps menu.
Ford has a new app launching on April 28, 2016, called FordPass. This app lets you view the status of your car and remotely control some of its functions, as long as you also have the Ford Connect data modem built into the car.