Ford’s SYNC2 to debut on Falcon and Territory

Ford’s SYNC2 to debut on Falcon and Territory

2015-Territory-InteriorThe new Ford Falcon and Territory are set to debut Ford’s in-vehicle-infotainment, SYNC2, the second generation of the company’s in-car communications and entertainment system.

The vehicles will be available for sale in New Zealand dealerships in the first quarter of 2015.

Ford says that SYNC2 offers customers three distinct ways to interact with the system, through the high-resolution 8-inch colour touch screen, physical buttons and advanced voice control. The driver can control the car’s entertainment system, climate control, satellite navigation and linked mobile devices – like compatible smartphones – with voice commands.

“We think SYNC2 is a significant leap forward for the customer with voice control features now available on navigation†, climate and even radio,” says Ford Asia Pacific multimedia systems supervisor Adrian McGibbon.

In partnership with Nuance, McGibbon says SYNC2 has been regionalised to accommodate many different languages, dialects and accents.

All of these refinements are designed to encourage drivers to take advantage of the hands-free capabilities of SYNC2 whilst keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.

The new Falcon and Territory will be the first vehicles in New Zealand to features SYNC2’s high-resolution, 8-inch colour touch screen that provides an easy point of entry to manage the vehicle’s climate, phone, navigation and infotainment controls.

Split into four coloured quadrants, Ford says SYNC2 makes it easy for drivers to quickly and intuitively access the system they wish to adjust through large, easy to access buttons on the new touch screen.

According to Ford, SYNC2’s navigation system offers customers a raft of natural language voice controls that includes the ability to input a whole address in ‘one shot’ and SYNC2 will intuitively work it out or access favourites using personalised voice tags.

To enter a new navigation destination into SYNC2’s navigation system, the driver can simply press the voice button and say “Set destination 86 Highbrook Drive” and SYNC2 does the rest. For pre-stored favourites, it is as simple as pushing the voice button and saying “set destination home”.

In addition, a full address is no longer required for a point of interest location. Instead the driver 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.

“One Shot destination entry revolutionises how a customer interacts with their navigation system and is another way that SYNC2 helps customers access in-car technology whilst keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road,” says McGibbon.

SYNC2’s navigation system also offers for the first time in New Zealand a split-screen display with detailed intersections, spoken street names and 3D highway junction and landmark views. Simply pushing the voice control button and saying “I’m hungry” will bring up a list of local restaurants, which you can then get directions to.

According to Ford, SYNC2 brings voice commands to audio and climate controls allowing the driver to adjust the temperature in the cabin or change their music selection whilst keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.

Simplified natural language voice commands include “warmer” to adjust the cabin temperature, or “Temperature 20 degrees” for a more precise setting.

It says that SYNC2 now understands you if you just say the name of an artist or track stored on your smartphone or MP3 player and continues to offer great SYNC voice features such as “play similar” and “What’s playing?”

Ford says that SYNC2’s media hub allows customers to connect a number of different devices through two USB ports, an SD card slot and a traditional AUX jack and when listening to music on a compatible smartphone or MP3 player, the cover art will be displayed on SYNCs high-resolution 8-inch touch screen.

Audio and climate setting can also be adjusted via the colour touch screen or through dashboard mounted buttons.

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