Ford’s SYNC2 coming in November

Ford’s SYNC2 coming in November

New Ford owners will be able to literally talk to their car as Ford has announced its second generation version of its in-car information and entertainment system, SYNC 2, which will hit Australian roads later this year in the Ford Falcon and Territory.

SYNC2 is controlled by voice, along with commands issued through an 8-inch, high-resolution touchscreen in the car’s dashboard. The driver can control the car’s entertainment system, climate control, satellite navigation and linked mobile devices – like compatible smartphones and tablets – with voice commands.

New introductions to the system include pushing the voice control button and saying “I’m hungry” to bring up a list of local restaurants. Drivers and occupants can use SYNC2 to call up the restaurant to make a reservation, then provide guidance to the location with turn-by-turn directions.

FORD-SYNC-2Other natural language commands include “warmer” to turn up the air conditions, or “Temperature 20 degrees” for more specificity.

SYNC2 now understands Australian addresses so the driver can use voice control to say the whole address at once and SYNC2 will intuitively work it out.

In addition, a full address is no longer required for a point of interest location. Instead the drive can say “Find a car park,” for example, and the system will understand; to further aid navigation, landmarks and major road junctions are now shown in 3D to make them clearer and easier to understand.

“Australian drivers are fast adopters of in-car technology, so we’re extremely excited to introduce SYNC2 to the ever evolving list of Ford-developed technologies Ford drivers can now experience while on the road,” says Bob Graziano, chief executive officer and president at Ford Motor Co Australia.

The final Australian-made 2015 Ford Falcon and Ford Territory models due to launch in November will feature the SYNC2 technology.

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